A man once said to Al-Hasan Al-Basree: “You have backbitten me.” Al Hasan al Basree replied: “Who are you, so that I may know to whom my good deeds are going?”
Lecture goes into great detail about the Six Instances in which one is excused of the sin of backbiting. Also how to prevent oneself from backbiting
“And when you see those who engage in false conversations about Our verses by mocking at them, then turn away from them until they engage in a different topic of speech.”
Lecture speaks of the exceptions to backbiting also how as Muslims we are not allowed to sit in the presence of others who do it.
“Woe to every slanderer and backbiter.” [Surah Al-Humazah: 1]
Lecture speaks of the difference between and the evil of Backbiting, Slander and Gossip. Gossip is the worst.
“Not a word does one utter, except that there is an (angel) Watching, Ready to record it.”
Lecture speaks of how the number 2 reasons as to why most people will be in hell is failure to control the tongue. Hadiths of the Prophet addressing the seriousness of this sin are given in this lecture.
“’We believe in what has been sent down to us and sent down to you, and our God and your God is one, and to Him do we submit.’” (29:46)
Lecture speaks of how Muslims should live amongst non-muslims in respect and dignity however realizing that their allegiance should be only to one another.
The Prophet sent ‘Abdullah bin Rawahah to the Jews to estimate what they owed as taxes on their palm trees. The Jews offered him some money as a gift. He told them, “What you have offered as a bribe is haram and we do not accept it.” (Malik)
Lecture speaks of the unlawfulness of offering bribes for services and the consequences.
‘In the time before you, a man was wounded. His wounds troubled him so much that he took a knife and cut his wrist and bled himself to death. Thereupon Allah said, ‘My slave hurried in the matter of his life.’ therefore, he is deprived of the Garden.” (Bukhari and Muslim.)
Lecture speaks of how anyone who takes his own life dies as an unbeliever and will be in the hell fire forever. This is a sin that will never be forgiven because the person lost hope and without hope one is a non-believer. Lecture also speaks of how capital punishment is only allowed in the cases of Murder, Adultery or Apostasy.