Can a Muslim Backbite Non-Muslims?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam

Question: Can a muslim backbite non-Muslims?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

No, it is not permitted to backbite non-Muslims. [Nabulsi, al-Hadiqa al-Nadiyya Sharh al-Tariqa; Nawawi, al-Adhkar]

The basis in speech is the tradition (hadith) of the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace), “Whoever believes in Allah and the Last day should say the good or remain silent.”[Bukhari and Muslim]

See also: Slander, Backbiting and Talebearing

And Allah alone gives success.


Tabraze Azam

Checked & Approved by Faraz Rabbani