This is another article in the chapter Enormities from the classical manual on Sharia called Reliance of the Traveller. The articles are posted one by one in the order they are given in the book.
p38.0 LISTENING TO PEOPLE’S PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS
p38.1 Allah Most High says,
“Do not spy” (Koran 49:12).
p38.2 The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said,
“Whoever listens to people who are averse to his listening shall have molten lead poured into his ears on the Day of Judgement.”
p38.3 This may not be an enormity (A: in some cases (dis: r6.4)).