Surely those who brought forth the slander (against Âishah) are a party from among you. Do not regard it an evil for you; nay, it is good for you. For each of them there is what he has earned of the sin (punishment); and as for him among them who had managed (concocted and spread) to the greater part of it, for him there is a great torment.
If only the believing men and the believing women, when they heard of it (of the slander), had thought good in their own minds, and said: “This is a manifest slander”.
If only they had brought four witnesses of it. Since they failed to bring the witnesses, they verily are the liars within the Sight of Allah.
And had it not been for the Virtue of Allah unto you and His Mercy in this world and in the Hereafter, a great torment would have touched you because of that which you entered into (the slander, backbiting).
You were telling (asking) it (slander) with your tongues (and passed it around) and uttered with your mouths that of which you had no knowledge, and you deemed it an unimportant matter, while with Allah it was very great (crime).
Should you not have said, when you heard of it, “it does not beseem us that we should talk of it; glory be to You! This is a great calumny”?
Allah admonishes (commands) you that you should not return to the like of it ever again if you are believers.
And Allah makes clear to you His Verses; and Allah is All-Knowing, All- Wise (the Owner of Wisdom and Judgment).
As for those who love that indecency (adultery, shameful events, slander, evil) should spread among those who believe, for them there is a painful torment in this world and the Hereafter; and Allah knows, while you do not know.
And if it had not been for the Virtue of Allah on you and His Mercy (He would have tormented you) and surely Allah is full of Kindness, Most Merciful.