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By: Suha Fatima
9th grade - IEAS

Back-biting or Gheebah is a familiar habit we tend to enage ourselves in for the sake of guilty pleasure. As the Prophet (PBUH) informed us, backbiting is “to say something about your brother that he would dislike.” Someone asked him: “But what if what I say is true?” The Messenger of Allah said: “If what you say about him is true, you are backbiting him, but if it is not true then you have slandered him.”
It is becoming so common for us to talk ill of someone that we tend to commit this sin without realizing. Such great is this act that a person committing it is given the similitude of a person eating the flesh of a brother! And therefore, it is our duty as a Muslim to realize the dire consequences of this act and act upon accordingly. Here are some tips and Ahadeeth which will help you cure of this habit, insha'Allah.


If examined with a whole new perspective, Gheebah is pretty much a colossal waste of time. It does nothing but adds sins to a Muslims account. The causes of gheebah are as follows:-

  • To increase ones self-esteem by degrading the other.
  • To seek reassurance from another.
  • To 'fit in' or to start a topic to engage the listener in.
  • Low faith and awareness.

So how can you abstain from gossiping?


It is by keeping the outcomes of gheebah in mind that one can avoid engaging him or herself from doing this act. Constantly drive away the thought of ill-speaking of another as these are nothing but the mere attempts of Satan to sway you away from the path or righteousness. Refraining from committing these acts drives Satan away in a fit of rage.


The listener is not exempted from the consequences of gheebah. He is in fact a partner in sin. He is not absolved of the sin of listening unless he remonstrates verbally, or in his heart if he is afraid. When you find yourself in such a conversation, try to change the topic. Speak up and do not hesitate and muster up the courage to defend your brother as the Prophet (PBUH) said: “Whoever defends his brother’s honor, Allah will protect his face from the Fire of the Day of Resurrection.” (Tirmidhi)


Allah (SWT) has said: “Successful are the believers, who are humble in their prayers, and who turn away from pointless talk” (23:1-3)
Repent and ask for Allah (SWT) mercy and forgiveness and resolve to never repeat this vivacious act. Before backbiting anyone, which usually involves the mentioning of a person’s faults, one must remember that he himself is full of defects and if he feels otherwise, then he should thank Allah (SWT) for keeping him away from the very sin of Gheebah. The sin of backbiting is a great one wherein the person accused of gheebah has to seek the forgiveness of the person they spoke slanderously about. Without being pardoned by the person spoken ill about, a believer cannot be pardoned by Allah.

Our tongue is our weapon. It can also set out against us and can become a savage beast. We must keep our guard on at all times and keep this beast in so as to not displease Allah (SWT). I hope and pray that all of us abstain from this sin and I ask Allah (SWT) to save us from committing this act.