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Young Woman & The Scholar

A young woman had a habit of spreading gossip about the people around her.

Once it so happened that she changed her house to a new locality, and started to gossip about her new neighbor. Within a few days the whole community knew about the story. Her neighbor was deeply hurt and offended.

A few days later the young woman learnt that what she had said was completely untrue.

 She was very sorry and went to a learned Scholar to find out what she could do to repair the damage.

“Go to the marketplace,” he said,

“and purchase a chicken, and have it killed. Then on your way home, pluck its feathers and drop them one by one along the road.”

Although surprised by this advice, the woman did what she was told.

The next day the Scholar said, “Now go and collect all those feathers you dropped yesterday and bring them back to me.”

 The woman followed the same road, but to her dismay, the wind had blown the feathers all away. After searching for hours, she returned with only three in her hand.

 “You see,” said the learned Scholar, “it’s easy to drop them, but it’s impossible to get them back. So it is with gossip. It doesn’t take much to spread a rumor, but once you do, you can never completely undo the wrong.”

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31 Responses to Young Woman & The Scholar

  1. A.Azim January 3, 2013 at 12:19 PM #

    Don’t believe all thing do you hear it or read it without passing on your brain.

  2. Yunus November 1, 2011 at 7:44 PM #

    The offender should talk good of the offended and extol their good virtues. She should then engage in zikr and durud (eulogy) for the Holy Prophet to acquire enough reward to pay those wronged on the day of judgement.

    • Yunus January 1, 2013 at 3:25 AM #

      exactly the answer. Allah bless you

  3. HAIDER ALI786 November 1, 2011 at 7:03 AM #

    NICE ONE THANKS FOR SHARING

  4. Lispah Nyaboke October 31, 2011 at 9:14 AM #

    it is an inspiring one but we need be careful of what we talk

  5. Dr.maya October 30, 2011 at 10:07 PM #

    moral kind story

  6. Dori October 30, 2011 at 2:32 PM #

    At least she learned from her mistake, there are so many of us who choose to ignore the truth. 

  7. Mahmoud Hagras October 30, 2011 at 12:37 PM #

    DON’T BELIEVE WHAT U ‘VENT SEEN U R OWN EYES………..!!!

  8. Captazad October 30, 2011 at 3:03 AM #

    very wise, I like your thoughtfulness at this age.

  9. Junedayz October 29, 2011 at 10:36 PM #

    i get this story by email so many times but it never seems to get old
    thx for the story! 
    and its women in general that spread rumours and gosspi and backbit and all that stuff….so no mater where were from it shouldnt be part of our habits

  10. Syed Mazhar Hussain October 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM #

    So True… Thanx for sharing….

  11. Mubarek Alamin85 October 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM #

    Prophet Muhammad said: Say something Nice, or never say thing.

    • MUBAREK ALAMIN85 October 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM #

      A THING*

  12. Mubarek Alamin85 October 29, 2011 at 5:20 PM #

    Prophet Muhammad said: Say something Nice, or never say thing.

  13. Anonymous October 29, 2011 at 2:37 PM #

    this is a bad habbit

    but it is widespread

  14. Abier October 29, 2011 at 2:35 PM #

    this is so true… and it’s so typically middle eastern people who spread gossip about people (especially about girls) without knowing whether it’s true or not.
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    ??? ??? ????? ???? ???? ??? ??????????? ??????? ??????? ?????? ??? 2262Narrated Abdullah bin Umar:Allah’s Apostle said,
    “A Muslim is a brother of another Muslim
    so he should not oppress him, nor should he hand him over to an oppressor.
    Whoever fulfilled the needs of his brother,
    Allah will fulfill his needs
    whoever brought his (Muslim) brother out of a discomfort
    Allah will bring him out of the discomforts of the Day of Resurrection and 
    whoever screened a Muslim
    Allah will screen him on the Day of Resurrection. “Bukhari Volume 3, Book 43, Number 622

    Remember these words people…. and spread them!

    thanks for sharing this story with us sara =)

    • Syed Mazhar Hussain October 29, 2011 at 6:33 PM #

      Actually its not only in middle east.. Its happenin all over d world.. V must stay away 4m all des things…

      • Abier October 29, 2011 at 6:56 PM #

        yeah but it’s like, middle eastern people gossip about everything!
        for example i went to the cinema with a friend once (a GIRL!)…. the next day people were saying that me and my friend were waiting for some guys and so on -.- and of course it wasn’t true! so people just try to make up stories if they can’t find anything to say……

        off course it’s happening all over the world, but i feel like it’s just more widespread in the arab communities than between other people 😉

        • SyrianGirl October 30, 2011 at 3:51 AM #

          Ye that happened to me once too

          • Abier October 30, 2011 at 8:51 AM #

            That’s what i’m saying….. it’s just typically middle eastern people :/

        • Max November 5, 2011 at 5:43 PM #

           Abier, thanks to share such a nice hadith,  

          • Abier November 5, 2011 at 5:55 PM #

            ur welcome, it’s my obligation as a muslim 🙂

    • Sara October 31, 2011 at 4:22 AM #

      very nice hadith. Thanks for sharing Abier.

      • Abier October 31, 2011 at 7:17 AM #

        you’re welcome 🙂

  15. Shakabansh5 October 29, 2011 at 1:04 PM #

    Hi,Sara : I love this story it is unacceptable to talk badly behined any one .

  16. Wasif Khan October 29, 2011 at 11:27 AM #

    One chicken is killed every time one reader reads the story… Replace that part with something else..

    • Misk October 30, 2011 at 7:10 AM #

      Come on LOL, you must be joking

    • Sara October 31, 2011 at 4:21 AM #

      🙂 . Wasif that’s so funny!! You have a good sense of humor.

  17. Osman Eltayeb October 29, 2011 at 7:07 AM #

    Don’t cry over spilt  milk .

  18. mustafa m dodh December 10, 2010 at 6:07 PM #

    gossip and back-biting can never be retracted