Allah loveth not that evil should be noised abroad in public speech, except where injustice hath been done; for Allah is He who heareth and knoweth all things.
Abdullah Yusuf Ali writes,
We can make a public scandal of evil in many
- It may be idle sensation-mongering:
it often leads to more evil by imitation, as where
criminal deeds are glorified in a cinema, or talked
about shamelessly in a novel or drama.
- It may be malicious gossip of a foolish, personal
it does no good, but it hurts people’s feelings.
- it may be malevolent slander or libel:
it is intended deliberately to cause harm to people’s
reputation or injure them in other ways, and is rightly
punishable under all laws.
- It may be a public rebuke or correction or
remonstrance, without malice.
1, 2 and 3 are absolutely forbidden.
4 may be by a person in authority; in which case the
exception applies, for all wrong or injustice must be
corrected openly, to prevent its recurrence. Or
4 may be a person not vested with authority, but acting
either from motives of public spirit, or in order to help
some one who has been wronged; here again the
exception will apply. But if the motive is different, the
exception does not apply.
4 would also include a public complaint by a person who
has suffered a wrong; he has every right to seek public
Yusuf Ali, Abdullah. Translation and Commentary of the Quran. Microsoft Word – 004 Nisa’.doc (quran4u.com)