*7 Ways You Could Be Backbiting*
Backbiting is a serious sin in Islam and will by no means be taken frivolously.
Clear warnings towards backbiting are each within the Quran and Sunnah that are extreme sufficient to make us take heed of each phrase, facial features and even gesture we make.
Some of us are oblivious to precisely what constitutes backbiting whereas many think about it as one thing insignificant. The Prophet (ﷺ) straightforwardly stated, ” *A Qattat (backbiter) will not enter Paradise* .” (Bukhari 6056)
_So what precisely is taken into account backbiting?_
Let us collectively shed some gentle on the kinds of backbiting we must always keep away from in any respect prices.
*1. The Common Backbiting*
The messenger of Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as soon as requested the Companions:
*“Do you know what backbiting is?”*
They stated, “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He stated, “ *Saying something about your brother that he dislikes.”* It was stated, “What if what I say about my brother is true?” He stated, “ *If what you say is true then you have backbitten about him, and if it is not true, then you have slandered him.”* Sahih Muslim 2589
This is the most typical and direct type of backbiting and generally, is accompanied by slandering and gossiping, each of that are undoubtedly grave sins.
Gheebah (backbiting) implies that you discuss your Muslim brother in his absence in a fashion which he wouldn’t like to listen to or have it talked about had he been current. It is attributing to that individual his faults or shortcomings with a purpose to belittle or communicate in poor health of him. This consists of statements stated about his/her bodily look, traits, manners, conduct, spiritual dedication, lineage, gown, habits (i.e. sleeps an excessive amount of) and so on.
Slandering alternatively is saying one thing about your brother which isn’t true.
Both these actions are strictly forbidden and within the Quran, Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala) has likened backbiting to consuming the flesh of your lifeless brother:
“ *neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful”* [49:12]
‘Aishah (Radiallaahu anha) stated:
“I told the Prophet (ﷺ) about a man, so he said: *’I do not like to talk about a man, even if I were to get this or that (for doing so).”* She stated: (*7*) and he or she used her hand as if to point that she is brief – “So he said: ‘ *You have said a statement which, if it were mixed in with the water of the sea, it would pollute it.”* Jami` at-Tirmidhi Hadith 2502
‘Aishah (Radiallaahu anha) didn’t utter a single phrase, moderately it was a mere gesture she made to explain the stature of Safiyyah, which constituted a type of backbiting. The thought right here is that this type of gesture was meant as one thing unhealthy on account of some jealousy, and though many people could have deemed it as insignificant, the Prophet (ﷺ) clearly criticized Aishah (Radiallaahu anha) for her motion.
*3. Facial Expression*
Backbiting isn’t essentially restricted to verbal expression. Even mere expression of the face can convey to others a shortcoming about your brother. This may be conveyed via expressions of annoyance, resentment, and suspicion every time a selected individual is talked about. Examples embrace: rolling your eyes, giving disagreeable appears to be like, or displaying doubt.
*4. Implicit Backbiting*
Talking a few specific particular person with out mentioning his/her title also can represent backbiting if these listening have understood who’s being implied by the assertion. Accordingly, it’s best to keep away from talking about a person if giving an outline would simply trace the id of that individual.
Another type of backbiting consists of mimicking or imitating an individual by the best way they speak, stroll or act for the aim of mocking or making others snicker. This is completely prohibited and much from the traits of a real believer.
*6. Showing Interest to the phrases of the backbiter*
Another delicate type of backbiting is displaying your curiosity and amazement whereas the backbiter is talking. The extra excited and the viewers of listeners are, the extra they’re encouraging the backbiter to talk. So making expressions equivalent to “Are you serious?”, “Wow, didn’t know that!”, and the likes, signifies to the speaker that what he/she is saying is of curiosity, subsequently encouraging him to backbite extra.
*7. Mass backbiting*
Talking negatively and disparagingly a few particular group of individuals primarily based solely on their race, ethnicity, nationality, tribal affiliation, political orientation & creed is a harmful type of backbiting that ought to be prevented. It unjustly targets numerous folks and you’ll be taken into consideration for each single individual you backbit/slandered.
*Punishment for backbiting*
The Prophet (ﷺ) stated: *When I used to be taken as much as heaven I handed by individuals who had nails of copper and have been scratching their faces and their breasts. I stated: Who are these folks, Gabriel? He replied: ‘These are the individuals who ate flesh of others (by backbiting) and trampled folks’s honour.”* . Sunan Abi Dawud 4878
The Prophet (ﷺ) said : “.. *a slave (of Allah) could utter a phrase (carelessly) which displeases Allah with out pondering of its gravity and due to that he will likely be thrown into the Hell-Fire.”* [Al-Bukhari].
The Prophet (ﷺ) said, ” *He who has accomplished a mistaken affecting his brother’s honour or anything, let him ask his forgiveness at the moment earlier than the time (i.e., the Day of Resurrection) when he could have neither a dinar nor a dirham. If he has accomplished some good deeds, a portion equal to his mistaken doings will likely be subtracted from them; but when he has no good deeds, he will likely be burdened with the evil deeds of the one he had wronged in the identical proportion”.*
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