The Definition of Gheebah (Backbiting)

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Gheebah is one of kabaeer (great sins). Gheebah or backbiting destroys friendship and brotherhood. So, don’t do gheebah when you are talking with others.

What is gheebah?

A hadith from Abu Hurairah (may Allah bless him), that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: 

أَتَدْرُونَ مَا الْغِيبَةُ ‏ ‏.‏ قَالُوا: اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَعْلَمُ ‏.‏ قَالَ :‏ ذِكْرُكَ أَخَاكَ بِمَا يَكْرَهُ ‏‏ ‏.‏ قِيلَ أَفَرَأَيْتَ إِنْ كَانَ فِي أَخِي مَا أَقُولُ قَالَ ‏: إِنْ كَانَ فِيهِ مَا تَقُولُ فَقَدِ اغْتَبْتَهُ وَإِنْ لَمْ يَكُنْ فِيهِ فَقَدْ بَهَتَّهُ

“Do you know what gheebah (backbiting) is?” They said, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He said, “Saying something about your brother that he dislikes.” It was said, “What if what I say about my brother is true?” He said, “If what you say is true then you have backbitten about him, and if it is not true, then you have slandered him” [Sahih Muslim].


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