Q: I’ve made gheebat of many people but now I have repented.
1. Is it necessary to ask them for forgiveness as they do not know that I’ve made gheebat about them?
2. If I’ve made gheebat about somebody many years ago and they knew about it at that time but most probably forgot it now, do I have to ask them for forgiveness?
1. Make dua for their maghfirat. If you can, then notify the people who were witnesses to the gheebat that what you had done was wrong.
2. You may just ask for a general forgiveness.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)