Fatwa: Situations in which gheebah (backbiting) is permitted

We’ve been receiving continuous comments telling us to stop doing all this propaganda and doing backbiting as it is not allowed in Shari’ah. Thus, I think it is necessary to clear them that what are the situations in which gheebah(backbiting) is permitted, and Yousuf Kazzab and cult very well fulfills most of it that we’ll mention below. We hope that this will clear the things as an advice from our side. Insha’Allah. It is unfortunate now that most of the Ziad Hamid fan-club, though claim to work on mission of Khilafah, but are very weak when it really comes to Shari’ah and it’s rulings.

Q: What are the situations in which gheebah (backbiting or talking about others in their absence) is permitted?
A:

Praise be to Allaah.
The scholars have stated that gheebah is permitted in certain situations:

1-

Complaining. It is permissible for the one who has been wronged to complain to the ruler or judge and others who have the authority or ability to settle the score with the one who wronged him.

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Seeking help to change evil and bring the sinner back to the right path, so he may say to the one who he hopes is able to do something: “So and so is doing such and such; tell him not to do it.”

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Seeking advice or a fatwa, by saying to the mufti, “So and so/my father/my brother has wronged me by doing such and such, does he have the right to do that? How can I solve this problem and ward off his harm from me?”

4-

Warning the Muslims of someone’s evil, such as highlighting the weakness of some reporters or witnesses or authors. That also includes seeing someone buying faulty goods, or someone keeping company with one who is a thief or adulterer, or giving a female relative of his to such a man in marriage, and the like. You should tell them about that by way of sincere advice, not with the aim of causing harm and spreading mischief.

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If a person openly commits evil or follows bid’ah, such as drinking alcohol and seizing people’s wealth unlawfully, it is permissible to speak of what he is doing openly, but it is not permissible to speak against him any other way, unless it is for another reason.

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For identification, if someone is known by a nickname such as the dim-sighted one, or the blind man or the one-eyed or the lame one, it is permissible to identify him as such, but it is haraam to mention that by way of belittling him, and if it is possible to identify him in some other way, that is better.

It says in Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah li’l-Ifta (26/20): Speaking about a person in his absence is permissible in certain situations as indicated by shar’i evidence, if there is a need for that, such as if someone consults you about arranging a marriage to him, or entering into a business partnership with him, or if someone complains to the authorities to put a stop to his wrongdoing. In that case there is nothing wrong with saying things about him that he may not like to be said, because there is an interest to be served by that. One of the scholars summed up in two lines of poetry the situations in which it is permissible to talk about a person in his absence, and said:

Criticizing is not gheebah in six (cases) – complaining, identifying, warning, When the person is committing evil openly, when advice is sought, and when one is asking for help in removing an evil.

End quote.

And Allaah knows best.

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5 comments on “Fatwa: Situations in which gheebah (backbiting) is permitted

  1. ALLAH APP SUB JAZAI KHAIR KASEER ATA FARMAI (AMEEN). DON’T LET THEM GO….

  2. Mujahid Fisabi-Lillah says:

    To all Zaid Hamid Fans who have lost sense,

    Is it not backbitting to speak against Zardari, Gilani , Rahman Malik, Hamid Mir, Baitullah Mehsood, Dr Israr, Moulana Jalalpuri Shaheed….

    Don’t be so emotionals to the point of foolish people that you forget your own crimes and start putting fingers on other…

    Zaid Hamid the master of BLAMER, King of Backbitter, Prince of Liar…..Need to be shown his real face..

  3. Mujahid Fisabi-Lillah says:

    JazaKallah to put thing into real perspective brother Abu Muhammad otherwise they really have lack of knowledge and also adequate sense to differenciate between right and wrong…

  4. Abu Muhammad says:

    @ Mujahid Fisabi-Lillah

    I suggest you revise, what has been said. To assume that everyone is fitna without proof is Haram and not allowed in Islam and comes in the act of backbiting.

    But one can very well explain things based on APPARENT, and discuss it in manners to seek clarifications and indulge in discussion, rather than debate.

    What we can conclude is that backbiting against a FASIQ in order to warn others is allowed, but backbiting against MUSLIM who is not FASIQ is not allowed and is considered backbiting. Lets us consider this because we speak against anyone, lest we involve ourselves in SINS unintentionally.

  5. PLEASE CHECK THIS VIDEO – A GOOD COMPILATION OF ZAID’s LIES I FOUND ON ONE WEBSITE

    http://www.blip.tv/file/3370750

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