74. Punishment of having an intention to commit a sin openly among believers

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حَدَّثَنِی مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ مُوسَی بْنِ الْمُتَوَکِّلِ قَالَ حَدَّثَنِی مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ یَحْیَی قَالَ حَدَّثَنِی سَهْلُ بْنُ زِیَادٍ الْآدَمِیُّ عَنْ یَحْیَی بْنِ الْمُبَارَکِ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ جَبَلَهَ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ الْفُضَیْلِ عَنْ أَبِی الْحَسَنِ مُوسَی بْنِ جَعْفَرٍ ع قَالَ: قُلْتُ لَهُ جُعِلْتُ فِدَاکَ الرَّجُلُ مِنْ إِخْوَانِی بَلَغَنِی عَنْهُ الشَّیْ ءُ الَّذِی أَکْرَهُهُ فَأَسْأَلُهُ عَنْهُ فَیُنْکِرُ ذَلِکَ وَ قَدْ أَخْبَرَنِی عَنْهُ قَوْمٌ ثِقَاتٌ فَقَالَ لِی یَا مُحَمَّدُ کَذِّبْ سَمْعَکَ وَ بَصَرَکَ عَنْ أَخِیکَ وَ إِنْ شَهِدَ عِنْدَکَ خَمْسُونَ قَسَامَهً وَ قَالَ لَکَ قول [قَوْلًا] فَصَدِّقْهُ وَ کَذِّبْهُمْ وَ لَا تُذِیعَنَّ عَلَیْهِ شَیْئاً تَشِینُهُ بِهِ وَ تَهْدِمُ بِهِ مُرُوءَتَهُ فیکون [فَتَکُونَ] مِنَ الَّذِینَ قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ- الَّذِینَ یُحِبُّونَ أَنْ تَشِیعَ الْفاحِشَهُ فِی الَّذِینَ آمَنُوا لَهُمْ عَذابٌ أَلِیمٌ فِی الدُّنْیا وَ الْآخِرَهِ.


1. Muhammad bin Fuzail asked Imam Musa Kazim (a.s.), “May I be sacrificed for you! I have heard a bad thing about one of my brothers in faith. When I talked to that person about this thing, he flatly refused it. I was told about this from very reliable persons.” Imam (a.s.) replied, “Do not accept what you are told about your brother. Even if fifty persons tell you about this, swearing by Allah, then too you should reject it and believe that believer. Keep this matter secret for the fear that he would be disgraced if you don’t do so. See to it that his personality is not stained. If you don’t, you will be like those about whom Allah says: Surely (as for) those who love that scandal should circulate respecting those who believe, they shall have a grievous chastisement in this world and the hereafter.”44




حَدَّثَنِی مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْحَسَنِ قَالَ حَدَّثَنِی مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْحَسَنِ الصَّفَّارُ عَنْ یَعْقُوبَ بْنِ یَزِیدَ عَنْ عَلِیِّ بْنِ إِسْمَاعِیلَ عَنْ عَمَّارِ بْنِ مَنْصُورِ بْنِ حَازِمٍ قَالَ قَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ ص مَنْ أَذَاعَ فَاحِشَهً کَانَ کَمُبْتَدِئِهَا وَ مَنْ عَیَّرَ مُؤْمِناً بِشَیْ ءٍ لَا یَمُوتُ حَتَّی یَرْکَبَهُ.


2. Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) narrates that the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.s.) said, “One who spreads scandal is like one who started it. One who hurts a believer in any way will not die until he has faced the same calamity.”