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What can we say to someone who spreads falsehoods?
Chapter 7

وَلاَ تَلْبِسُواْ الْحَقَّ بِالْبَاطِلِ وَتَكْتُمُواْ الْحَقَّ وَأَنتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ (سورۃ البقرة, آيۃ 42)

And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is).(Surah 2, Verse 42)

Nur is in the tenth grade; she is pretty, hard-working, well-behaved and serious. She is interested in nothing but studies and invests great effort in succeeding. Her girl friends are busy with romantic matters but she tries to ignore them and refuses to discuss them.

Yusuf is a pupil at her school, who is proud and arrogant, and likes chatting to the girls. He believes that there is not a single girl who will refuse to talk to him. One day Nur passed by while he was laughing with his friends. One of the friends said something to her and Nur responded politely which surprised them. Yusuf too was surprised because he knew she was a serious girl who never talked to boys. He whispered to his friends that he was going to show them how to behave with her. He called out something impolite to her and to his surprise she responded rudely, in a manner which insulted him before his friends, something which had not happened to him before. He promised his friends that he would not leave her alone until he had humiliated her and forced her to apologize.

Yusuf tried to slander Nur and began to spread rumors at school that she was in love with him and wanted him as a boyfriend. He made sure that the rumor reached everyone, particularly her older brother. Nur's brother was very angry with her and without checking the story, he shouted at her and slapped her. "There's no smoke without fire", he said Yusuf's friends added to the story by confirming that Nur was infatuated with Yusuf, thus helping Yusuf to take his revenge. Yusuf tried to force her to talk to him and she tried to explain the truth to her brother and family but nobody would believe her.

Eventually Nur went to the counselor and told her what had happened. The counselor checked the story with Nur's friends and Yusuf's mates and finally invited all of them for a discussion. She explained to Yusuf's friends who had given false witness against her that their conduct was inappropriate both socially and religiously and could cause conflict in Nur's family. She also reprimanded Yusuf for his conduct, namely spreading rumors and lies. Finally she took out her Quran and asked Yusuf to read Surah 2, Verse 42: "And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is)". There was no need to say anything more.

Explanation: spreading rumors is a dangerous act and there have been cases where girls were murdered because of the unfounded rumor that they had violated family honor. Fortunately, Nur was strong enough not to yield, to adhere to the truth although nobody believed her, and to ask for aid from the counselor. Weaker girls than Nur are liable to admit to deeds they have not committed, to feel unjustifiably guilty or to succumb to blackmail. The Quran has a great deal to say about Yusuf's conduct, and his excessive pride. On this occasion the counselor quoted the Quran verse which emphasizes how important it is to adhere to the truth. It was wrong for Yusuf to spread rumors and it would have been wrong for Nur to yield and renounce her own truth. Moreover, they should all have upheld the truth and not concealed it as they did, whether for fear of Yusuf or for other considerations. It is dangerous to live in a society where people do not respect the truth.