Gheebah or Backbiting is basically to talk about your Muslim fellow in such a manner that he/she would dislike it if told about it. In it, whether you talk about the physical defect, family, manners, conduct, faith or even his clothes, house, mode of transportation all of these composed Gheebah and the person is known as Mughtaab or backbiter. Holy Prophet (SAW) said about Gheebah in one of his hadith: “A man might speak a word without thinking about its implications, but because of it, he will plunge into the Hellfire further than the distance between the east and west.” (Sahih Bukhari)
Backbiting is the foremost sin mentioned in Holy Quran and Hadith. About backbiting Allah Almighty said in Holy Quran: “Indeed, those who like that immorality should be spread [or publicized] among those who have believed will have a painful punishment in this world and the Hereafter. And Allah knows and you do not know” (Quran, 24:19).
Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “When I was taken upon my night journey, I passed by a people who had metal hooks in their hands and they were clawing at their faces and necks. I said: Who are these, O Gabriel? He said: These are the ones who eat the flesh of people (49:12) and disgrace their honor.” Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4878
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani
Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: We were with the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, when we detected a foul odor being carried by the wind. The Prophet said, “Do you know what this wind is? It is the smell of those who backbite the believers.” Source: Musnad Ahmad 14370
Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani
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