What is the Etiquette in Warning Others from Slandering?

Shaykh Farid Dingle outlines the approach and etiquette that one should adopt when advising others to stop slandering.   Question: As-salaam alaikum, If someone is being slandered by someone else and I defend them saying that what the person who’s slandering is saying is wrong by way of insulting the words that they used to […]

Imam al-Ghazali on Guarding the Tongue

Imam al-Ghazali puts a particular emphasis on the importance of guarding one’s tongue and that the tongue is indeed like a double-edged sword. It can do much good but it can also do much harm.

Calumny and the Prophetic Response

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat details the evils of calumny and how to respond. I want to know what Shari‘a says of a women who falsely accuses husband of impotence and rejects all medical evidence. Not only that, she has spread word about the impotence of the husband throughout the community, thereby bringing him into disrepute. I […]

Just Forgiving–Shaykh Abdul Rahim Reasat

Forgiving someone is perhaps one of the most difficult virtues we are called upon to practice. Shaykh Abdul Rahim Reasat discusses the theme of forgiveness in the life of the Prophets, as well as the Companions. We all are wounded at some time or another. Some wounds afflict the flesh, sapping our strength and affecting […]

Day 7: Stop Gossip-30 Deeds 30 Days

Day 7: Stop All Gossip The tongue can kill or heal, build or destroy. A physical scar heals faster than the scarring from harsh words. In the Quran, we are promised spiritual success -and also material success-if we speak well and are conscious of Allah. We also hear hadiths that say that a good  Muslim […]

How to Apply the Rules Regarding Backbiting and Slander in Historical Sources?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum 1. How should one view the material rights of others that were taken by one during childhood? 2. As a student of history, I often find myself confused about how to apply the rules regarding backbiting and slander in historical sources, especially after reading Sheikh Gibril Haddad’s […]

How to Repent From Backbiting?

Answered by Shaykh Jamir Meah Question: Assalamu alaykum One of my friend has hurt me. I told this to another friend. But then this friend told this to the friend who hurt me. Now I realise that I have slandered him and despite my apologies he won’t forgive me. I feel very bad. What can […]

How Should I Apologize After Backbiting Someone?

Answered by Ustadh Sharif Rosen Question: Assalam alaykum How should I apologize after backbiting someone? Should I tell him everything that I said behind his back? Answer: BismilLahir Rahmanir Rahim as-Salamu ‘alaykum wa rahmatulLah. Thank you for this important question. Sins like backbiting [ghiba] — whether verbalized, typed or communicated otherwise — are a grave […]

Should I Apologize for Backbiting Someone?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum I have heard that one must apologize to the person if he has backbitten the latter. However I have read that for backbiting, it is not mandatory to approach that person for forgiveness if the news has not reached him. How do I reconcile between these two […]

What Constitutes as Slander, Backbiting and How to Avoid It?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalamu Alaikum I have recently been trying to attain more self-control in my everyday life, by holding back from doubtful things in speech and action. I am finding this challenging because I do not have an exact understanding of what backbiting, slandering entails. Do you have any advice? Answer: […]