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Gossiping about Politicians

Title Gossiping about Politicians
Question Dear Scholar, Assalamu Alaikum Gossiping about a third person without his knowledge is backbiting but we see people gossiping about politicians ,professionals such as doctors etc. wont these also fall into the category of backbiting ?
Date 6/23/2004
Mufti Sheikh Abdel Khaliq Hasan Ash-Shareef

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, thank you very much for having confidence in us, and we hope our efforts, which are purely for Allah’s Sake, meet your expectations.

In the first place, we would like to stress that gossiping means passing on to others what you hear from someone in such a manner that will cause dissension among people, sour their relationships, or increase already-existing bitterness between them.

From the very early Makkah period of revelation, the Qur’an condemned this trait saying, ‘And do not obey any despicable man, ready with oaths, a slanderer, going among the people with calumnies.’ (Al-Qalam: 10-11)

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon on him) said, ‘The one who spreads gossip which he has overheard will not enter the Garden.’ (Reported by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.), and, ‘The most evil among Allah’s servants are those who go about spreading gossip dividing those who love each other and desiring to defame those who are innocent.’ (Reported by Ahmad)

Responding to the question, the eminent Muslim scholar, Sheikh `Abdel Khaliq Hasan Ash-Shareef, the renowned Da`iyah, states the following:

“I would like first to stress that generalization, as far as the issue in point is concerned, is a blameworthy act. However, if a certain person (say a politician) or a doctor is known for wrongdoings, then it is not a kind of gossip or backbiting if one mentions that wrong doing so as to let people know about it and hence be cautious.

In addition, what one says should be subject to analysis, and different opinions analyzing that speech is not a form of backbiting. However, there should be a pure intention behind analyzing such and such speech, and it should be for a religiously acceptable cause.”


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