The Hadith of the Ifk (& the benefits that can be derived from it)
Indeed there is no doubt that the story of Al-Ifk (The lie that was forged against the mother of the believers, ʽĀ’ishah – J) alongside being an emotional story, is one that is filled with great benefits for those who reflect upon it.
Our scholars of the past and present have striven to extrapolate points of benefit from it, since there are many important lessons to be learnt from the incident. It has in it, matters of jurisprudence related to women, matters related to dealing with a non-mahram, manners concerning that which occurs between spouses, manners related to dealing with news and information, manners relating to consultation, issues related to investigating affairs and spying, repentance - and possibly from the most prominent of them; preserving the honour of the Muslim and guarding the tongue against backbiting, slander and eating the flesh of the Muslim. (...)
This is another addition to the library of numerous works and writings of our noble brother. Anyone who is acquainted with his writings will know of his stringent and meticulous methodology in translation and compilation, the like of which brings tranquillity to the heart of the reader or anyone wishing to take benefit.
Excerpt from the introduction written by Abu Hakeem Bilāl Davis