From Anas ibn Maalik (radiyallaahu 'anhu) who said that Allaah's Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa'sallam) said: Do you know what calumny (al-'Adh) is? They said: Allaah and his Messenger (salallaahu 'alaihi wa'sallam) know best. He said:
Conveying the words of some people to others in order to create mischief between them.
Tale-carrying is a foul disease; when it enters the heart it corrupts it, and when the heart is corrupt the rest of the body becomes corrupt and ones actions are destroyed.
The sickness of tale-carrying only finds a place in hearts which are filled with love of this world, the hearts of those who use the Religion for lowly and despicable ends, and we seek Allaah's refuge from that! However, as for the sincere Muslim who strives to follow and apply the guidance sent by his Lord, then: