With the name of Allah Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Surah 57 (Hadid)
Verse 9-10: O ye who believe! When ye hold secret counsel, do it not for iniquity and hostility, and disobedience to the Prophet; but do it for righteousness and self-restraint; and fear Allah, to Whom ye shall be brought back. Secret counsels are only (inspired) by the Evil One, in order that he may cause grief to the Believers; but he cannot harm them in the least, except as Allah permits; and on Allah let the Believers put their trust.
Secret or private meetings (Najwa) could be used for good or bad reasons but more often than not it is for the latter. Allah (SWT) warns against the holding of private meetings which serve the objective sin, transgressing against the rights of others or blatantly aiming to subvert a good cause – these are forbidden. However an exception is given and is clarified in the cross reference below which gives specific justifiable reasons: charity where one seeks to preserve the dignity of the other, a wrong needs to be righted but does not need to create alarm and where a dispute needs to be resolved amicably
Cross reference: S4 V114 – In most of their secret talks there is no good: But if one exhorts to a deed of charity or justice or conciliation between men, (Secrecy is permissible): To him who does this, seeking the good pleasure of Allah, We shall soon give a reward of the highest (value).
Continues tomorrow…Insha Allah