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Gheebah on a group of people?

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Criticising an open action isn't gheebah. However, usually if there is something negative going on in class then not all the people are doing that action then be careful not to paint them all with a negative brush.

Gheebah is to say something negative about someone they wouldn't like you to say. E.g. mentioning to others about someone's weight, their hidden deeds etc would not be allowed. But talking about someone who e.g. openly swears without feeling embarrassed about what others think if you told them would not be gheebah.

You can read the chapter on backbiting in the book Greater Sins by Ayatollah Dastgheib in English.

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On another note:

You clearly are a person who cares a lot about following Islam. But do note that waswaas is from Shaitan. Actually, following waswaas is a sin in itself.

If you suffer from it then the solution is very simple: you have to ignore it or you are committing a sin.

But watching over your actions to make sure you don't commit sins like Gheebah or taking precaution when you don't know if something is a sin or not (until you have a chance to check it out) is not waswaas but rather one of the things that is an obligation.


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1 hour ago, silasun said:

Gheebah is to say something negative about someone they wouldn't like you to say. E.g. mentioning to others about someone's weight, their hidden deeds etc would not be allowed.

The Quran says in Surah al-Hujurat, verse 12:

يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اجْتَنِبُوا كَثِيرًا مِنَ الظَّنِّ إِنَّ بَعْضَ الظَّنِّ إِثْمٌ وَلا تَجَسَّسُوا وَلا يَغْتَبْ بَعْضُكُمْ بَعْضًا أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَنْ يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتًا فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ وَاتَّقُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ تَوَّابٌ رَحِيمٌ

O you who believe! avoid most of suspicion, for surely suspicion in some cases is a sin, and do not spy nor let some of you backbite others. Does one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? But you abhor it; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, surely Allah is Oft-returning (to mercy), Merciful.

This verse of the Quran is about suspicion and backbiting. What is backbiting? What constitutes backbiting?  Backbiting is a malicious talk about someone who is not present. It is to speak unfavorably or slanderously of a person; it is to talk ill of someone behind his back.

Islam is a religion of peace, love and compassion. It is absolutely opposed to anything that breaks social bonds and spreads hatred and enmity in society. Lies, suspicion, backbiting, slander and gossiping are totally alien to Islam. In fact they are considered amongst the most destructive of major sins. This is so because these sins sow enmity and discord among the Muslim Ummah and lead to its destruction. They cause hostilities between people of the same household, and between neighbors, friends and relatives.

Islam demands that our relationship with mankind should be one of sincerity and responsibility. It should be one where we have respect for the honor, reputation and privacy of others. Islam teaches us that we are not only held accountable for our own attitudes and actions but also for anything else over which we have control or influence over, in our society or the world around us.

Backbiting is one of the major illnesses, it is a social evil that has been easily sidelined and ignored.  It is an act of transgression on other people's rights. Backbiting is one of the most devastating sins a person can ever commit, and not keeping ourselves reminded about it can lead to grave consequences.

Many of us backbite and gossip without thinking. We think it is a minor matter, however God reminds us to be careful and even though we think we are doing something little it is in fact very big in the sight of God!

Why is backbiting such a bad sin? Why is such a disgusting act? The answer is clear. It is considered to be the source of evil. It is an evil and it is gives rise to other evils.

The Prophet sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam said backbiting is to mention things about your brother (or sister) which they don't like. After the Companions heard this definition, one of them asked, “what do you think about if what I say about that person is true?”

“If (that) is actually found (in that person) what you claimed, you, in fact, backbite him. And if that's not in that person, it's slander,” the Prophet sal Allahu 'alayhi wa sallam answered.

This shows that we cannot say what we assume to be true. Just because what we're saying is true, doesn't mean it's not backbiting. In fact, it proves that we are indeed backbiting, because backbiting is true information. If it wasn't true, we'd be doing something worse than backbiting,that is slander. It does not make any difference whether it is through words spoken to someone, or through making gestures or perhaps through writing. If you write something bad about someone, it is considered to be backbiting.

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