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Asalamualykom, I'm really confused with the concept of going into hell if Muslims backbite Non-Muslims because the true definition of backbiting in Islam is:

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, "Do you know what is backbiting?'' The Companions said: "Allah and His Messenger know better.'' Thereupon he said, "Backbiting is talking about your (Muslim) brother in a manner which he dislikes.''

Therefore, will there be punishment for a Muslim if he backbites a Non Muslim? Will Allah SWT put him in hell? I understand that it is not a good act and backbiting against a non muslim shouldn't be done because it becomes a nasty habit. But as the definition says it's talking about your (Muslim) brother, then will we be punished if we do and does this make it completely Haraam?

I understand that backbiting Muslims is a major sin, just don't comprehend if backbiting Non Muslims is also

JazakAllahu Khayran

asked 1006 Mazoozqwe's gravatar image

Firstly, it is not a Muslim characteristic to speak rudely. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Muslim does not slander, curse, speak obscenely or speak rudely.” [al-Tirmidhi]. Whoever does a thing a lot, it will become his habit, so the Muslim should keep away from all the ways that lead to evil, whether minor or major. Whoever drives his sheep near the enclosure of the king is bound to cross the line.

Secondly, if your question is referring to backbiting about a kafir (non-Muslim) by mentioning his physical defects, such as his having a long nose or a big mouth, etc., then do not do this, because this is making fun of the creation of Allah. If it means talking about his bad characteristics which he flaunts openly, such as zina (adultery) and immorality, or drinking alcohol, and warning against him, there is nothing wrong with that.

Zakariya al-Ansari said: “Backbiting about a kafir is haram (impermissible) if he is a dhimmi [a non-Muslim living under Islamic rule], because that puts them off from accepting the jizyah (type of tax) and it is going against the treaty of dhimmah (agreement between non-Muslim subjects and the Islamic state) and the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). ‘Whoever makes a snide comment to a dhimmi has earned Hell.’ [Ibn Hibbaan in his Saheeh]. It is permissible (to backbite about a kafir) if he is a harbi (one who is at war with the Muslims), because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to command Hassan to lampoon the mushrikeen (pagans).”

(Asna al-Mutaalib ma’a Hashiyatihi, vol. 3, p. 116)

answered 955 Abdullah%20Shadab's gravatar image

JazakAllah Khayran, In Shaa Allah, I'll keep away from backbiting anyone.


(Jun 05 at 03:17) Mazoozqwe Mazoozqwe's gravatar image
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