Question

I saw a Hadith on your website regarding backbiting which is not authentic.

The following is a longer version. Is this version authentic?

Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:
Beware of backbiting, for backbiting is worse than fornication, I said: And why that, O Messenger of Allah? He said: “Because a man commits adultery, and he repents to Allah, then Allah forgives him, while backbiting is not forgiven until his companion forgives it.”

 

Answer

This is the same Hadith referred to in our answer. The version you have cited is the complete Hadith and is not suitable to quote as Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

 

The following statement of Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullah) [Demise: 198 A.H.] may be quoted instead:

Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullah) says: “In the sight of Allah, backbiting is worse than adultery and consuming alcohol because adultery and consuming alcohol is between you and Allah. If you repent, Allah will forgive you. However backbiting is not forgiven until the person you spoke against forgives you”.

(Shu’abul Iman, Hadith: 6314)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

 

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