Another narration regarding ghibah and adultery

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I have located this Hadith in Al Mu’jamul Awsat and wanted to know the authenticity:

 الغيبة اشد من الزنا

Backbiting is worse than adultery



Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as you have stated. However, ‘Allamah Haythami (rahimahullah) has declared a narrator extremely weak.

(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6586, Majma’uz Zawaid, vol. 8 pg. 91/92)


This narration should be quoted as the statement of Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullah) and not as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam). See here


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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