Will warning someone regarding a certain person result in gheebat?

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Q: I want to ask about gheebat, is it a major sin in Islam as well as telling lies? If someone is cheating others and I know that he is a cheater and if someone ask me about him, what should I do? Should I make gheebat and tell them that he is a cheater or should I tell a lie?


A: If he is asking for a valid reason then to explain to him what kind of a person he is, is right and permissible, and it will not amount to gheebat.

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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