[2] Reality Behind The Cover-Up Backbiting Series On Social Media:[Burdened Yourself With That Quote From Amr Bin Al’Aas (radiyallaahu’anhu)

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Abu Hurairah (radiyallaahu-anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ‘’Do you know what backbiting is?’’ They (i.e. the sahaabah) replied Allaah and his Messenger know best’’; he said (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) said, ‘’It is to mention your brother what he dislikes’’. Someone asked, ‘’What if what I said is true?’’ He (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam) replied, ‘’If what you said about him is true you have backbitten him, and if it is not true you have slandered him’’. [Muslim]

When is speaking about someone behind his back not considered backbiting?

It is not considered backbiting when a person makes a complaint about an oppressor to a person who has the ability to stop the oppression; when seeking help to stop an evil- by making that known to the person who has the ability to stop the evil; when seeking for a fatwa; when warning the Muslims so that they are not deceived; when mentioning a person who commits his evil openly or one who calls to bidah and when identifying someone with a physical defect, whilst not intending defamation. [Paraphrased & Abridged. For further details, see Subul As-Salaam- Vol 4 page 553-554]

Finally: Let us remind ourselves of the following general reminder. It used to be said that whoever perpetrates these three things will be haunted by them:

[1] Rebellion against Allaah’s commandments. Allaah (The Most High) said:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّمَا بَغْيُكُمْ عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِكُمْ

”O mankind! Your rebellion (disobedience to Allah) is only against your ownselves.” [Soorah Yoonus: Ayah: 23]

[2] Evil plotting. Allaah (The Most High) said:

وَلَا يَحِيقُ الْمَكْرُ السَّيِّئُ إِلَّا بِأَهْلِهِ

”But the evil plot encompasses only him who makes it.” [Soorah Faatir: Ayah: 43]

[3] Breaking pledges. Allaah (The Most High) said:

فَمَنْ نَكَثَ فَإِنَّمَا يَنْكُثُ عَلَىٰ نَفْسِهِ

”Then whosoever breaks his pledge only breaks it to his own harm.” [Soorah Al-Fath: Ayah: 10]

[Source: Kitaab Uyoonul Akhbaar of Ibn Qutaybah (rahimahullaah) Vol 1: page: 149]


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