The Prohibition Of Carrying Tales About Someone
By Al-Imam An-Nawawi (rahimahullāh)
In the name of Allāh, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful;
All the praise and Thanks are due to Allāh, the Lord of al-ā’lamīn. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allāh, and that Muhammad, Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, is His Messenger
Allah, the Exalted, says:
"... Do not help one another in sin and transgression." (Al-Maidah,5:2)
1539. Ibn Mas'ud (radiyallāhu`anhu) said: The Messenger of Allah (Sallallāhu `alayhi wa sallam) said, "None of my Companions should convey to me anything regarding another because I desire to meet every one of you with a clean heart."
[Abu Dawud and At-Tirmidzi].
Commentary: 'Should not convey to me anything' here signifies anything undesirable or which is harmful for the person concerned. Thus, this Hadith stresses that defects of people should not be unnecessarily reported to those who are at the helm of affairs, as is evident from the caption given to this chapter by Imam An-Nawawi.
And Allāh Almighty Knows best.
[The Prohibition Of Carrying Tales About Someone Chapter # 258, Riyad-Us-Saliheen, Compiled by Al-Imam Abu Zakariya Yahya bin Sharaf An-Nawawi Ad-Dimashqi]