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Backbiting

Q:

Assalamoalaikum

I live in a joint family with my inlaws and a major problem that i face in the relationship with my mother in law or other sisters in law is the issue of gossiping and backbiting, which i try to actively avoid and i try to keep my extra interactions to a minimal in order to avoid such gossip. But there are times when I’m sitting with them and they will start gossiping and sometimes i just get up and leave but sometimes they address me directly and i find it extremely difficult to handle this situation. I usually deal with this by expressing minimal interest or looking as uncomfortable as possible. I have even advised my mother in law a few times that backbiting is haram and she should avoid it but it hasnt made a difference and i believe that reiterating my stance any more than this may cause friction within the family and cause me more harm than good. So what should i do in this case? I try to generally warn against backbiting but it’s not really seen as a major issue. With my own mother i am able to press my point more forcefully but its not so easy with my inlaws. How do i go about this situation?
Jazakallah khair

A:

Alaykum salaam

Thank you for your question.

If the amount of blood left on your body and clothes is less than a thumb print then there is no problem in praying with that amount of blood even though that does not mean the blood is pak.

May you always be successful.
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