Major Sins: Spying

The extent to which Islam goes to safeguard every individual’s rights is amazing. The laws and regulations of Islam look after the interests of its followers in every conceivable form. An example of this is the law of Islam about minding your own business and refrain from spying on others.

Our Prophet (SAW) said:” Part of being a good Muslim for a person is to leave whatever does not concern him.”


He (SAW) also said:” Do not spy on one another.”




Islam maintains that privacy for every individual should be respected. Allah has ordered to refrain from suspecting because suspicion leads to being nosy and spying on others; which in turn leads to gossip and back biting. We can stop this vivacious cycle of sins if we stop spying and suspecting others.


“O you who believe! Avoid much suspicions, indeed some suspicions are sins. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting) . And fear Allâh. Verily, Allâh is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful.”

(Al-Hujuraat 49:12)

Abu Hurairah (RAU) said: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Beware of suspicion, for suspicion is the worst of false tales. Do not look for other’s faults. Do not spy one another, and do not practise Najsh (means to offer a high price for something in order to allure another customer who is interested in the thing). Do not be jealous of one another and do not nurse enmity against one another. Do not sever ties with one another. Become the slaves of Allah, and be brothers to one another as He commanded. A Muslim is the brother of a Muslim. He should neither oppress him nor humiliate him. The piety is here! The piety is here!” While saying so he pointed towards his chest. “It is enough evil for a Muslim to look down upon his Muslim brother. All things of a Muslim are inviolable for his brother in Faith: his blood, his wealth and his honour. Verily, Allah does not look to your bodies nor to your faces but He looks to your hearts and your deeds.”