37 Backbiting Or Calumny #19
Backbiting, slander and dwelling on the faults of others have been
repeatedly condemned by Baha'u'llah. In the Hidden Words, He clearly
states: O Son of Being! How couldst thou forget thine own faults and busy
thyself with the faults of others? Whoso doeth this is accursed of Me.
And again: O Son of Man! Breathe not the sins of others so long as thou
art thyself a sinner. Shouldst thou transgress this command, accursed
wouldst thou be, and to this I bear witness. This strong admonition is
further reiterated in His last work, the Book of My Covenant: Verily I
say, the tongue is for mentioning what is good, defile it not with
unseemly talk. God hath forgiven what is past. Henceforward everyone
should utter that which is meet and seemly, and should refrain from
slander, abuse and whatever causeth sadness in men.
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