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Does Islam allow talking bad deeds about a deceased person?


I have seen that sometimes when a Muslim person dies the people around his circle start discussing bad dees of the deceased. Does Islam allow such discussions ,Kindly refer a  hadees sahi in this regards.


Salamun Alaykum

Thank you for your query.

It is not allowed to speak behind someone especially bad about a deceased person. Islam doesn’t allow talking bad about an alive person, let alone a deceased person. Islam discourages this as it is counted as “backbiting”.

Question: What is the proper definition of ‘backbiting’? Please, give some references from the Quran and Hadith also.

Answer: Backbiting means “speaking ill of a believer in their absence of someone with the purpose of disparaging him, no matter whether the alleged shortcoming was related to his body, lineage, behaviour, deeds, statements, religion, or life, and other defects which are [usually] concealed from the people. Similarly, it does not matter whether the description was done by words or by gesture.”

Almighty Allãh condemned backbiting in His noble Book and has described it such that mind and body feel abhorrence towards it. He said, “And some of you should not backbite the others: would anyone of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? No, you abhor it.” (49:12)

The Prophet (s.a.w.) said, “Be careful of backbiting because backbiting is worse than adultery, in that a person who commits adultery can repent and ask forgiveness from God, and Allãh can forgive him whereas Allãh will not forgive the backbiter until the person who was at the receiving end forgives him.”

There are some exceptional cases where backbiting is allowed. Please read those exceptions from the link below:

Permissible Backbiting:

May Allah(swt) grant you success


Syed Haider