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Nasihah (Advice): Backbiting and slandering
Sayyiduna Abu Hurairah Radhiyallahu Anhu reports that Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam said, “Do you know what is backbiting?” The Companions said: “Allah and His Messenger know better.”He said, “Backbiting is talking about your (Muslim) brother in a manner which he dislikes.” It was said to Him: “What if my (Muslim) brother is as I say.” He said, “If he is actually as you say, then that is backbiting; but if that is not in him, that is slandering.” (Muslim)
Question and Answer:
- Do you have to seek the forgiveness of a person who you backbite or is Taubah enough?
(Question published as received)
- In this regard, there are two situations:
- a) The person who had been backbitten is unaware of it. In this case, Taubah and Istighfaar will be sufficient.
- b) The person who had been backbitten becomes aware of it. In this case, Taubah and Istighfaar will not Rather, it will be necessary for a person to seek the forgiveness of whom he had backbit. (Shaami 6/410)
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Ismaeel Bassa