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Should I Write Letters of Excuse to Public Figures for Having Slandered Them?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: In the past i have slandered some celebrities and politicians. Should I write letters to these people to apologize to them? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, No, it is not necessary to seek the apology of the person you slandered if the slander did not or will not […]

I Need to Get Things off My Chest. Can I Confide in My Husband or Is That Gossiping?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: I am trying to cut out gossiping. I struggle to hold things in because I have OCD and anxiety. Can I confide in my husband? He doesn’t gossip at all, and will keep what I say confidential. Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray this finds you […]

Mind Your Own Business (30 Days, 30 Deeds), by Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes

Mind Your Own Business (30 Days, 30 Deeds), by Shaykh Muhammad Adeyinka Mendes 30 Days, 30 Deeds Sacred Acts to Transform the Heart Every night, our scholars in residence explore one simple deed that could have far reaching spiritual impact on our lives – and the lives of others. Every day we’ll make the intention to […]

A Convert Sister Left an Abusive Relationship and Has Had False Rumours Spread About Her. What Can I Do to Help?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: A convert sister left an abusive relationship. Some people have mentioned very negative rumours about her. As a result, people now look down on her and some of the sisters are no longer talking to her. She feels unwelcome and unsafe at the mosque. What can I do? […]

What To Do When You Hear Slander and Backbiting

When a poor opinion of others occurs to mind, recognize that it is a type of whispering the devil has sent your way. You should consider it a fabrication, as he is the most evil of evildoers, and Allah has said, “When an evildoer brings you news, verify it before you harm others in ignorance […]

Is It Permissible to Backbite Someone When Your Interlocutor Has No Way to Discover the Identity of This Person?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam ‘aleykum. Is it permissible to backbite someone when your interlocutor has no way to discover the identity of this person? I have said bad things about my teacher to a friend who doesn’t know his name but who is able to look it up. Answer: Wa alaikum assalam […]

Is Backbiting Permissible for Marriage Prospects?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil Question: What are the guidelines for permissible warnings against potential spouses? I was told that when it comes to issues of marriage, we are allowed to say about others what might normally be considered backbiting. Could we speak about other potential spouses from the past that didn’t work out? […]

Can a Muslim Backbite Non-Muslims?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Can a muslim backbite non-Muslims? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. No, it is not permitted to backbite non-Muslims. [Nabulsi, al-Hadiqa al-Nadiyya Sharh al-Tariqa; Nawawi, al-Adhkar] The basis in speech is the tradition (hadith) of […]

What is Ghiba (Slander)?

Answered by SeekersGuidance Answers Service Question: Assalam’aleykum, Could you provide guidelines on what ghiba is and when is it permissible to talk about someone else without them knowing? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. Slander: Its Basis and Ruling Slander (ghiba) […]

Is It Sinful to Watch a Reality Show In Which Backbiting Takes Place?

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: Assalam ‘aleykum Are you sinful for listening to backbiting and fighting on a reality show? Sometimes I can’t avoid being in this situation and I would to advise some friends regarding this. Answer: wa `alaykum assalam It would be sinful to watch reality television shows that show the backbiting […]