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Question: Hello My name is Hulya and I have a very important question that I would really appreciate if you would answer. If one makes a false rumor about someone what is ones punishment in after life?

Spreading false rumors against anyone is a grievous sin in Islam. Allah says: "And as for those who malign believing men and believing women without them having done any wrong - they surely burden themselves with the guilt of calumny, and [thus] with a flagrant sin!" (Qur'an:33: 58).

The Prophet, peace be upon him, said: "The bankrupt person of my community is a person who appears before Allah on the day of judgment with prayers, fasts and charity; yet he has been guilty of scolding, falsely accusing others, or devouring their wealth, or shedding their blood...So the rewards of his good works will be distributed to his victims.... If his good deeds are exhausted before the victims are compensated for, their bad deeds will be dumped on him, and thus he will be consigned to hell-fire." (Reported by Imam Muslim his sahih on the authority of Abu Hurayrah)

So if anyone has been guilty of such a heinous sin, he or she should repent, and ask forgiveness of those against whom he has spread such rumours. May Allah protect us all against all heinous sins and thus guard us against hell-fire--aameen.

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