Hadhrat ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Umar (Radiyallahu ‘anhu)
related that Nabi (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) was asked: “O Messenger of Allah, which of the people are most beloved to Allah,
and which deeds are most beloved to Allah?”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) said:
“The people most beloved to Allah are
those who are most beneficial to the people; and the most beloved deed to Allah
is to make a Muslim happy, or remove one of his troubles, or to fulfil his
debt, or to satiate his hunger.
to fulfil a need of my Muslim brother is more beloved to me than sitting in I’tikaaf
in a Masjid for two months. Whosoever averts his anger, Allah will conceal his
faults and whosoever suppresses his anger while he is able to vent it, Allah
will fill his heart with happiness. Whoever walks with his brother to fulfil
his need and fulfils it for him, then Allah Ta’ala will make his footing firm
[on the bridge] on the day when the footings are shaken. Evil character spoils
one’s deeds just as vinegar spoils honey.”
Hadhrat Abdullah ibn Mubarak, Amirul Mu’mineen fil
Hadith (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh) had quoted from Hadhrat Sufyan Thawri (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh),
a contemporary of Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ’alayh): “I never found anyone abstaining from
backbiting more than Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh).”
He was a man that would never speak until asked to
speak. The ‘Ulama have written that the most foolish person is the one who
backbites. ...Why? Because you are earning rewards but you are depositing it into
your enemies account.
We generally backbite about people who we dislike. ...When people would backbite of Imaam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh), he would
give them trays of sweetmeats. When asked regarding this habit, Imam Saheb (Rahmatullahi
‘alayh), said: “This is for you, because you gifted me your good deeds.”
In the world there are many such people who are unable to control their tongues from speaking ill of a great personality
like Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi ‘alayh). By giving
talks and writing lectures against Imam Abu Hanifa (Rahmatullahi
‘alayh) they are only harming themselves.
Disagreement amongst scholars, rivalry, etc. is acceptable but one should
abstain from backbiting.