Will you explain the hadith "It is enough of a lie for a man to narrate everything he hears"?

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Dear Brother / Sister,

The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said,

"It is enough of a lie for a man to narrate everything he hears." (Muslim, Muqaddima 5)

This hadith states it very clearly that it is a lie to convey every word one hears without any research. The only way of not telling lies is to investigate what one hears.

Since what one listens to may be a lie or true, if a person tells others everything he hears, he will definitely convey some lies. A lie means telling something in a way that is different from what it really is. If a person does so deliberately, he will have committed a sin.

"And pursue not that of which thou hast no knowledge; for every act of hearing, or of seeing or of (feeling in) the heart will be enquired into (on the Day of Reckoning)." (al-Isra, 17/36)

"Not a word does he utter but there is a sentinel by him, ready (to note it)." (Qaf, 50/18)

A Muslim should be afraid of Allah about what he says and does, control his soul and remember that will be called to account for every word he utters. Allah states the following in the Quran:

“But verily over you (are appointed angels) to protect you.” (al-Infitar, 82/10)

The Prophet (pbuh) states the following:

“Whoever guarantees (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.”

* A Muslim should have good thoughts about his believing brother. He should have a good intention about the news he conveys to others and he should not convey words based on the aims of his soul. Allah states the following in the Quran:

“And know that Allah Knoweth what is in your hearts, and take heed of Him.” (al-Baqara, 2/235)

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