Backbiting a person who has passed away

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: What happens if you back bite someone who is a believer or a non-believer who has already passed away? How can I get rid of this sin off my record?


A: Make du`aa-e-maghfirat for a believer. For the non-believer, ask Allah Ta`ala’s forgiveness for yourself and resolve never to engage in backbiting in the future. Give some sadaqah as well. If the non-believer is living make du`aa that Allah Ta`ala grants him hidaayat.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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