The definition of ghibah (backbiting) in Hadith

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What is the definition of ghibah (backbiting) in Hadith?



Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Do you know what is ghibah?” They [The Sahabah] said, ‘Allah and his Messenger Know best.’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘You talking about your brother something he would dislike.’ It was asked, ‘What if what I am saying is true?’ Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘If it is true, then you have backbit him and if it is untrue then you have slandered him.’”

(Sahih Muslim, Hadith: 2589)


This Hadith clearly explains that backbiting means: to discuss the evil/ill qualities of a person in his absence, even though it may be true.


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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