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What can we say to someone who believes rumors without trusting himself?
Chapter 4

وَكَذَلِكَ أَنزَلْنَاهُ حُكْماً عَرَبِيّاً وَلَئِنِ اتَّبَعْتَ أَهْوَاءهُم بَعْدَ مَا جَاءكَ مِنَ الْعِلْمِ مَا لَكَ مِنَ اللّهِ مِن وَلِيٍّ وَلاَ وَاقٍ (سورۃ الرعد, آية 37)

Thus have We revealed it to be a judgment of authority in Arabic. Wert thou to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee, then wouldst thou find neither protector nor defender against Allah. (Surah 13, Verse 37)

One of the teachers has succeeded in inciting the principal against another teacher. He concocted various stories against that teacher and the principal began to persecute that teacher, who was a dedicated and hardworking professional. With time the harassment increased and he made the teacher's life a misery. When the good teacher could no longer tolerate this attitude, he came to the principal and asked him why he was treating him like that. The principal repeated all the stories he had heard from the troublemaker. The good teacher replied: "Sir, you are a learned man of high standing. How could you be influenced by such stories although you have never seen me behaving badly?" The principal was adamant and continued to believe the stories. Then the good teacher told him that Allah knows the truth and expected him not to be influenced by slander: "Thus have We revealed it to be a judgment of authority in Arabic. Wert thou to follow their (vain) desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee, then wouldst thou find neither protector nor defender against Allah".

Explanation: People are often influenced by various stories and do not try to clarify the truth. Even more often people spread false tales about others in order to harm them. Those who spread false stories deserve severe punishment because they can cause harm or even murder (for example, by spreading the rumor that a girl is violating the family honor). But those who believe the stories without examining the facts also deserve punishment because they are collaborating in a crime and will themselves probably continue to disseminate the story. The teacher did well to remind the principal that the Quran commands us not to listen to false rumors, because Allah has given us wisdom and we must use it. This command is vital for the maintenance of a healthy society.