When backbiting is permissible
Fatwa No: 89115

  • Fatwa Date:29-12-2004 - Thul-Qi'dah 18, 1425
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Question

What exactly is backbiting? For example, if husband and wife is having a problem unless we discuss it with other members of the family how can we solve the problem? Or if servant is creating a problem also we may have to discuss it to find a solution; not to make fun etc. So does this discussion fall under the category of backbiting? For the aim is only to find a solution. We know the history of Sahabah, may Allaah be pleased with them, and all the events in their life because they told it to everybody. Hope you will answer this question.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. We ask Allaah to exalt his mention as well as that of his family and all his companions.

 

Backbiting is to mention a deficiency of a brother in his absence. The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) said: "Backbiting is to say something about your brother that he does not like to be said." [Muslim]

The scholars may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them stated that it is permissible to backbite if there is an apparent benefit like when being wronged, when asking for a religious ruling and when warning the Muslims about an evil that might occur and so on. However, one should be careful not exceed the need in doing so and be cautious not to do that as a way of revenge and so on.

Allaah knows best.

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