When Is It Permissible to Listen to Bad Things About Someone?

Answered by Shaykh Sulayman Van Ael Question: Assalam alaykum, Today I had a meeting with one of my teachers in university. Within this conversation he said bad things about a group of people I was interested to join. I kept silent. Was this permisible? Answer: Dear questioner about ghiba, assalam alaykum. Haram Saying bad things […]

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: […]

I Need to Get Things off My Chest. Can I Confide in My Husband or Is That Gossiping?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I am trying to cut out gossiping. I struggle to hold things in because I have OCD and anxiety. Can I confide in my husband? He doesn’t gossip at all, and will keep what I say confidential. Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you […]

Is It Permissible to Backbite Someone When Your Interlocutor Has No Way to Discover the Identity of This Person?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam ‘aleykum. Is it permissible to backbite someone when your interlocutor has no way to discover the identity of this person? I have said bad things about my teacher to a friend who doesn’t know his name but who is able to look it up. Answer: Wa alaikum assalam […]

What Can I Do to Repent From Slander When the Person I Have Spoke Ill of Does Not Want to Forgive Me?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As salam alaykum, What can I do to repent from slander when the person I have spoke ill of does not want to forgive me? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray that this message finds you well, insha’Allah. If you spoke ill of another person, without need or […]

Slander, Backbiting and Talebearing

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: What punishment/consequence is there for someone who spreads a false rumor, defaming another Muslim brother, without verifying its authenticity first? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. Slander and talebearing are prohibited (haram). Allah Most […]