His Reputation Has Been Tarnished – What Should He Do? Being Accused Of Slander And Fitnah
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one to do when being accused of slander and fitnah
,when there is no truth in the matter?
Praise be to Allaah.
note that it has been proven that the Prophet (Peace
And Blessings Of Allaah Be Upon Him) said: "How
wonderful is the affair of the believer, for it is all
good, and this does not apply to anyone except the
believer. If something good happens to him, he gives
thanks for it and that is good for him, and if
something bad happens to him he bears it with patience
and that is good for him." Narrated by Muslim, 2999.
This hadeeth indicates that all the believer's affairs
are good, because he alternates between gratitude and
patience, and there is reward in both.
You should also note that the best of people, the
Messengers (peace be upon them) were slandered by
their enemies. Allaah says (interpretation of the
"Likewise, no Messenger came to those before them but
they said: 'A sorcerer or a madman!'"
Even our Prophet (Peace And Blessings Of Allaah Be
Upon Him) was slandered by his enemies and accused of
being a sorcerer or a madman.
Indeed, things got so bad that the hypocrites impugned
his honour, but despite that he bore it all with
patience and sought reward from Allaah, and he put his
trust in Allaah.
"And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him,
He will make a way for him to get out (from every
3. And He will provide him from (sources) he never
could imagine. And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah,
then He will suffice him. Verily, Allaah will
accomplish his purpose"
So you have to be patient and seek reward with Allaah,
and remember that this is one of the means by which
Allaah expiates your sins.
You have the right to defend yourself and establish
your innocence of whatever you are accused of, and to
denounce as liars those who accuse you of that; this
is not regarded as the kind of gheebah (backbiting or
gossip) that is forbidden. Allaah says (interpretation
of the meaning):
"Allaah does not like that the evil should be uttered
in public except by him who has been wronged"
If you can confront the one who has accused you and
advise him and exhort him to fear Allaah, that is
good. Perhaps he will give up what he has been doing
and that will be a cause of his repenting and
following the straight path. Or you could send a wise
person to do that.
You have to avoid situations and places that may cause
doubts and suspicion, because that person may take
them as a means to confirm his suspicions. You have to
be patient and turn to Allaah, calling upon Him, and
Allaah will grant you relief from what you are facing.
And Allaah knows best.