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The ill effect of insulting others

Question

Please provide a reference for the following and please confirm if the translation is in order:

On the Day of Judgment, a person’s book of deeds will be given into his hands [and he will not see therein any of the good deeds he did, for Allah’s sake]. He will ask the Allah: “Why are my good deeds not recorded in here?” and Allah Ta’ala will answer: “They have been given to the ones you hurt and insulted by talking against them.”

 

Answer

This narration is recorded by Imam Isbahani in his Targhib, as cited by ‘Allamah Mundiri (rahimahumallah).

(At-Targhib wat Tarhib, Hadith: 4188)

 

As far as the translation in concerned,

a) The part in brackets is not mentioned in this version.

b) The correct translation of Allah Ta’ala’s reply is:

‘They [your deeds] have been deleted because of you backbiting the people.’

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best,

 

Answered by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar