If a Fasiq (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. Quran: 49: 6

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Quran: Chapter 26, ‘Ha Meem’, Sura: 49 ‘Al Hujurat’ ‘The Dwellings’, Verse: 6

Verse 6: O you who believe! If a Fasiq (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.

Explanation by Ibne Kathir: [The respected Imam, Abu Al-Fida’, `Imad Ad-Din Isma il bin ‘Umar bin Kathir Al-Qurashi Al-Busrawi– born in Busra 701 H– died in Damascus in 774 H/ b. 1301 Christian Era– d. 1373CEhttp://www.dar-us-salam.com/authors/hafiz-ibn-kathir.htm ]

Investigating the Reliability of the News conveyed by Wicked People

Allah the Exalted says,

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَأٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أَن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَى مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ ﴿٦﴾                        

O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly, and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done.

Allah the Exalted ordered investigating the news that sinners and the wicked bring, to make sure of its authenticity. Otherwise, if the sinner’s word is taken for granted and a decision is based on it, regardless of whether the information is true or not, the authorities will be taking the lead of the sinners. Allah the Exalted and Most Honored forbade taking the path of the corrupted and sinners. This is why groups of the scholars of Hadith refuse to accept narrations from narrators whose reliability is unknown, for they might be from among the wicked people, in reality.

{Disclaimer;  Explanation by Ibne Kathir is researched and written by http://www.quran4u.com/Tafsir%20Ibn%20Kathir/049%20Hujurat.htm#آمَنُوا  – I just copy-pasted from that site. I only added the date of births, date of deaths of the scholars and the places at which they took place. I also added some more text color than in the original article.}

Explanation by samia2010oct: Whatever news we hear we must verify it before believing it. We must not circulate it further unless first we establish if the news is based on truth or not. It is Major Sin, Gunaahe Kabira to believe a story or news before verifying it, and to spread untrue stories and news in the society because the untrue stories can create turmoil, confusion and injustice in society. For all Major Sins there is the punishment of burning by unending Hell Fire. For many Major Sins the punishment starts from this world and continues in the Hereafter. 

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