And Spy Not

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Just to share a very short post fajr thought. I recently started attending classes on Sundays where the teacher teaches us from books such as Riyadh Us Saaliheen by Shaykh ibn Uthaimeen.

Last week, the Ayah of the Qur’an:

O you who believe! Follow not the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan). And whosoever follows the footsteps of Shaitan (Satan), then, verily he commands Al-Fahsha’ [i.e. to commit indecency”,

led me to rethink my affairs and to cut a long story short, I ended deactivating my Snapchat completely. I can get addicted to social media and it is such a bad habit. 

Anyway this past Sunday, I reflected greatly on the words,  

“O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting) . And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.”

A story of a Salaf was shared and the teacher narrated how the Salaf used to fast each time he committed gheebah “backbiting” and really and truly, if one is addicted, it can lead to fasting daily right? As much as I enjoy fasting, I don’t think I can ever commit myself to that but thinking about perhaps doing something similar with other bad habits of mine to help stop them completely.

As I am lying on my bed trying to get a quick nap before my daily activities start, I thought about the ayah, and do not spy on one another. With social media at our fingertips, public profiles, sharing personal information and pictures of close family and friends, I’m just reflecting how many times I’ve fallen into this sin of scrolling down people’s timelines just for the fun of it because I own an account. Allahu musta’an ! Ofcourse there isn’t any harm in reading everyone’s tweets or checking out everyone’s instagram but if you’ve read this post while reflecting, I am pretty sure you will conclude that there are those days, might not be for all though that you just stalk someone perhaps from your past or from something you have heard others say.

Anas said “the Prophet(ﷺ) sent Busaisah as a spy to see what the caravan of Abu Sufyan was doing.” From this hadeeth, we can learn that sometimes, there could be goodness in it but we all know what I am talking about 

Moral of today’s post, let’s be more cautious as social media can be of great importance but then again, can be evil as most of the times, can possibly lead one to falling into such sin without realising just because we have access to people’s profiles and can pry into their lives.

Abu Hurairah reported the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) as saying:

“Avoid suspicion for suspicion is the most lying form of talk. Do not be inquisitive about one another, or spy on one another.”

and in another narration,

Narrated Abu Huraira:

The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales; and do not look for the others’ faults and do not spy, and do not be jealous of one another, and do not desert (cut your relation with) one another, and do not hate one another; and O Allah’s worshipers! Be brothers (as Allah has ordered you!”)

Barakallahu feekum and Asalamu 'alaikum

 Your Sister in Islam (Umm Yusuf / Mina) 

Riyadh Us Saaliheen by Shaykh ibn Uthaimeen.

Prohibition of Spying on Muslims and to be Inquisitive about Others
General Advice on some of the Major Sins – Fatwas of Ibn Baz


  1. this is so important nowadays. I think of this hadith: On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said:
    The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Part of the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” A hasan (good) hadeeth which was related by at-Tirmidhi and others in this fashion.

    really will it MATTER to us if that person on Facebook does what ever they are doing? I try so hard to limit my Facebook activity. Never had instagram or whatsapp. I’m just very happy to do WordPress so that I can try to benefit and be a possible benefit, in shaa Allah.
    jazak Allahi khair for your post. Time is so precious, and the Internet is Taking way too much of mine! may Allah help me and us, ameen
    sometimes I do a tech free half day to just relax… Still working on doing a full day of no-tech.

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    • Ahhh I so wish I can implement the half tech free days. I spend most of my time on telegram now tho but only follow Islamic channels where I get to listen to so many classes such as aqeedah and many more. Ameeen wa JazakiAllah Khairan habibti 💋 . It’s really bad habit just because we have access to it.. Allahu musta’an !


  2. Such a thought provoking post! May Allah azza wa jal make us of those who abstain from backbiting and spying and may He make us of those who use the social media in the best of ways! Ameeen

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