The Right of the Hearing

Treatise on Rights is the only work attributed to Imam Zayn al-Abidin (AS) other than supplications or relatively short sayings and letters. The fact that it was a written document from the first may support the suggestion that at least some of the supplications were originally written compositions.

4. حق السمع

4. The Right of the Hearing

وَأَمَّا حَقُّ السَّمْعِ

The right of hearing is

فَتَنْزِيهُهُ عَنْ سَماع الغيبةِ

to keep it pure from listening to backbiting (ghiba)

و سَماعِها لا يحِلّ سَماعه.

and listening to that to which it is unlawful to listen.