Nasihah (Advice): Quranic Warning on Backbiting
Allah Ta’ala states, “O you who believe! Avoid much suspicion, for some suspicions are a sin. Do not spy on one another, nor backbite one another. Would one of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would abhor it, [so similarly, avoid backbiting]. And fear Allah. Indeed, Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 49:12)
Question and Answer:
- As geebat repent needs forgiveness first from the person whom geebat has been done & then Allha will forgive but if a person who has done geebat due to no courage or any other fear of fitnah
If he will not ask forgiveness from the person so what to do in that situation
(Question published as received)
- Backbiting (geebah) is from those sins which pertain to Haqooq-ul-‘ibad (rights of people). Since these rights are connected with people, fulfilling them and asking for forgiveness will be associated with people as well. In order to repent from such sins, it is not only necessary to plead to Allah for forgiveness, but also to ask the person who’s right was violated for pardon and forgiveness. Until this is not done, the repentance (tawbah) will not be complete.
However, if someone has backbitten about another and that person has no knowledge of the same, it will not be necessary to ask him/her for forgiveness. It will be sufficient for one to repent sincerely to Allah, make a firm intention to abstain from such sins and additionally to make dua for the person who was backbitten.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows Best
Mufti Moosa Salie
Mufti Ebrahim Desai