The three aspects of backbiting


Tafseer al-Maraaghee

al-Hasan said:

There are three aspects of backbiting, all of which are [mentioned] in the Book of Allaah: backbiting, falsehood, and slander.

1) As for backbiting: it is to say about your [Muslim] brother what [he dislikes, but] is true.

2) As for falsehood: it is to say about him what has been reported to you about him.

3) As for slander: it is to say about him what is not true.

And there is no disagreement between the scholars that [all three aspects of] backbiting is a major sin.

- from London, UK. He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004.

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