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What is Backbiting and How Do I Stop?

Salam Dear Sister, Thank you for contacting Ask About Islam and for your question. It is commendable that you are concerned for your Akhirah and for the correctness of your deeds. What Is Backbiting Exactly? You have defined backbiting (gheebah in Arabic) correctly, viz. “I know that talking behind someone’s back in a manner they do not …

How to Be Patient with People?

How to Be Patient with People?

In this counseling answer: The counselor advises the questioner to “make your lists and journal to explore the reasons why you get hurt so easily and lash out at others. Take classes in positive communication and practice deep breathing and imagery before you speak in a tense situation. Get counseling if you feel it may …

Do You Know the Worst Type of Bankruptcy?

Do You Know the Worst Type of Bankruptcy?

The Prophet once asked his Companions, “Do you know who the bankrupt is?” The Companions said, “A bankrupt is the one who has neither dirham (money) nor wealth.” The Prophet said, “The bankrupt among my Ummah is he who would come on the Day of Judgment with prayers, fasting, and zakah; but he had offended …

Backbiting: Causes and Remedy

Backbiting: Causes and Remedy

Ghiebah, or backbiting, is forbidden in the Glorious Qur’an where a person who commits it is given the similitude of a person who eats the flesh of his dead brother. It is also condemned in the Sunnah. We read in a Prophetic hadith, “Verily, your blood (i.e., life), your property, and your honor are inviolable …

Some Muslims' Bad Behavior Makes Me Doubt Islam

Some Muslims' Bad Behavior Makes Me Doubt Islam

Answer: As-Salamu ‘Alaikum wa Rahmatulahi wa Barakatuh dear sister, Ma sha’ Allah, you seem to be determined to do the right thing and follow the path of Islam in search of truth. Unfortunately, however, the influence of others makes this process difficult and at times causes you doubt Islam, too. Ma sha’ Allah, your intentions …

The Halal Way Of Backbiting

The Halal Way Of Backbiting

What could possibly be the the halal way of backbiting? It means talking good about someone behind their backs. When we start speaking good about people behind their backs rather than bad, then we will be surprised to see other people will start speaking good about us too! Reminder from Mufti Menk!

What if Your Friend is Backbiting You?

What if Your Friends are Backbiting You?

Answer:  As-Salamu ‘Alaikum dear sister, Ma sha’ Allah, at such a young age, the fact that you are seeking the right way to handle a problem is an example for everyone to follow. Instead of planning against your friend who is backbiting you and creating differences between you and your two close friends, you have …

How to Deal with In-Laws Who Don't Respect You

How to Deal with In-Laws Who Don't Respect You

Answer: As-Salamu ‘Alaikum sister, Thank you for writing to us and discussing your most important concerns. As I understand it, you are married and it was an arranged marriage and you are now living in a Middle-Eastern country with your husband’s family which appears to be quite large.  As you live in a family setting, …

What Can I Do When Someone Backbites in Front of Me?

Salam, Thank you so much for this question. There many ways to handle a situation where someone is backbiting in front of you.  1- Say Something Good When someone says something bad about someone else, say something good about this same person immediately. Whenever they speak badly about someone, find anything good in that person …

Is There A Way to Stop Backbiting?

Salam, Thank you so much for this question. AlhamduliAllah (all thanks and praise are due to Allah) who brought our attention to one of the major sins that we fall in easily so that we may fix it before it’s too late. May He Who reminded us of this sin help us purify ourselves and …



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