Henceforward everyone should utter that which is meet and seemly, and should refrain from slander, abuse and whatever causeth sadness in men.

Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, pp. 219-220

Woe betide every slanderer and defamer.

Bahá’u’lláh, Tablets of Bahá’u’lláh, p. 219

The friends should understand that they should not only cease backbiting and gossiping, but should cease listening to others who fall into this sin. Ignoring gossip and slander is a positive, constructive and healing action helpful to the community, the gossiper and to the persons slandered.

Universal House of Justice, NSA USA - Developing Distinctive Bahá’í Communities