“It is sufficient to render a person a liar if he relates whatever he hears.” (Muslim)
As a society, we are bombarded daily with news and information from multiple media sources, through regular informational channels and through social media. It has become the norm that a portion of that news and information is unverified and fabricated. The problem is exacerbated within the Muslim community when Ahadith, Islamic articles and content are circulated without proper reference or any regard to the consequences for forwarding the same.
Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Holy Qur’aan, “O you who believe! If a Faasiq (liar – evil person) comes to you with any news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.” (Hujaraat)
When we encounter information that is questionable, it is best to simply ignore the same. There is no harm in the doing so. Many messages end with warnings of bad luck or attempt to give you a guilt-trip for not broadcasting. No heed should be paid to the same. If we want to broadcast a questionable message we should first verify the same with the Ulama.
Unfortunately, in our era, people hardly ever bother to verify the information they receive or pass on. This has serious consequences. We shouldn’t be so naive as to accept everything we receive, unless the sender is a reliable authority in the field that pertains to that piece of information. We most definitely need to check the status of whatever we are reading, be that in a book, on a screen, or on social media.
Social media has undoubtedly put a wealth of information at a person’s fingertips. In addition to its benefits, misinformation is one of its most harmful pitfalls. Many of us are either gullible, or do not have the level of Islamic knowledge whereby we can distinguish between the authentic and the fabricated.
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has warned us, “It is sufficient to render a person a liar if he relates whatever he hears.” (Muslim)
We have been inundated with complaints via phone calls and emails from concerned Muslims regarding broadcasts of many fabricated Ahadith. This is a very serious matter. Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi wa Sallam has stated, “Whoever fabricates a statement in my name, let him prepare for his abode in the Fire.”(Bukhari)
We urge the Muslim community to be cautious in this regard and make sure that you Verify before you Amplify.