Letter to the Self # 17: Backbiting

Letter to the Self # 17: Backbiting
Ramadhan Day 16

By Jeewan Chanicka

Dear Self,

I listened to you yesterday as you sat and talked to others at an iftar (break fast). Your conversations were good, reminding each other of God and the importance to be involved in doing good, for all people. Yet, there were moments in between where people took liberties to mention other people.

True or not, you should not talk about others behind their backs. It is only when people feel badly about themselves that they seek the flaws in others and use their time speaking about others so that they may make themselves feel better.
Just remember with each word, your good deeds drop from your scales like the leaves on a dying tree. A soul that is at peace with itself will not seek out the flaws of others, or make it public. Instead, they will be able to see goodness when it is not apparent to others.

On the day of Judgement, you will be held accountable for what you said and what you listened to. If you must say something, let it be positive otherwise, be quiet and remember that the appreciation and thanks is for God.
So Self, to put it simply this Ramadhan, stay away from talking about others!


Diary Series:
Letter to the Self # 16: Knowledge or Just Information?
Letter to the Self # 15: Beyond the Limited Self
Letter to the Self # 14: A Better Way
Letter to the Self # 13: The Spoken Word
Letter to the Self # 12: A Blessing or a Curse?
Letter to the Self # 11: PurposeLetter to the Self #10: Let’s Partey
Letter to the Self #9: Looking Good
Letter to the Self #8: Worship
Letter to the Self #7: Rights of the Body
Letter to the Self#6: Time
Letter to the Self #5: Gratitude
Letter to the Self #4: Laziness
Letter to the Self #3: Arrogance
Letter to the Self #2: Ego
Shaban: Letters to the Self

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