Q: I have a question that I have a distant uncle who is sick and old and that when I  inquired about his health from my brother over the phone he said that he’s not well and doesn’t recognise people, today when I met with another relative he was asking me about this uncle and I said that he’s not well and that he doesn’t recognise people. My question is that is it a qeebat (backbite)?  Please advice me.


A: No. This is not gheebat. Gheebat is to reveal to somebody the bad habit or evil action of a person behind his back without any valid Shar’ee reason. 

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)