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Is listening to another person’s problems backbiting?

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Q: My friend was treated badly by her former friends and sometimes she tells me about what happened and how she feels. She gets angry/upset when she talks. I think I’ve seen pics of her friends before and think I heard their names. Is it backbiting?


A: Ask her not to give any names. She may give the moral without mentioning names or descriptions of the person.

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

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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