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Seeking Forgiveness for Backbiting

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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:


  1. Do you have to seek the forgiveness of a person who you backbite or is Taubah enough?


(Question published as received)


  1. In this regard, there are two situations:


  1. a) The person who had been backbitten is unaware of it. In this case, Taubah and Istighfaar will be sufficient.


  1. 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



Mufti Ebrahim Desai               


(The answer hereby given is specifically based on the question asked and should be read together with the question asked. Islamic rulings on this Q&A newsletter are answered in accordance to the Hanafi Fiqh unless otherwise stated.) 

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