Saying something unpleasant behind someone’s back without mentioning their name

‎بســـم اللــه الرحــمــن الـرحـــيــم

Our Shaykh, Muhammad ibn Hizaam – may Allaah preserve him – was asked the following question:

📩 Question:

Is it considered backbiting if you mention something about a person which they would dislike to someone else, without revealing their name?

📝 Answer:

If the one listening understands who is being referred to, it would be considered backbiting even if you conceal the person’s name. And if the listener doesn’t understand who you’re referring to, then what is the benefit in mentioning things about a person which he would dislike!!!

There’s no benefit in this.

It would either be backbiting or idle speech. It is feared that the person may incur sin, even if they concealed the name, because there’s no benefit in this speech. But if there was some benefit in this, it would be permissible.


Translated by:

Abu Ibrahim Nassir bin Rashid Al-maamry

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