Maʿānī al-ʾAkhbār > The meaning of backbiting and slander
Hadith #1

دثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل - رضي الله عنه - قال: حدثنا عبد الله بن جعفر الحميري، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن الحسن بن محبوب، عن عبد الرحمن بن سيابة، عن الصادق جعفر بن محمد عليهما السلام، قال: إن من الغيبة أن تقول في أخيك ما ستره الله عليه، وإن البهتان أن تقول في أخيك ما ليس فيه.

1. We were told by Muhammed bin Musa bin Mutawakkil, may Allah be pleased with him, that he said: We were told by Abdullah bin Ja’far al-Himyari, from Ahmad bin Muhammed bin Isa, from Hasan bin Mahboub, from Abdul-Rahman bin Sayaba, from al-Sadiq, Ja’far bin Muhammed, peace be upon them both, that he said: Indeed, it is from backbiting that you say about your brother that which Allah has concealed upon him, and indeed, it is from slander that you say about your brother that which is not in him.