Backbiting is a major sin in Islam and it consists of many kinds of talk, some of which includes: talking about someone in a manner they would dislike, mocking someone, making fun of someone, picking on a person’s faults, and the list goes on. Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala (exalted is He) says in “Woe to every scorner and mocker” (Quran, 104:1) and then Allah (swt) explains the awful punishment awaiting someone who does this. The punishment itself should be enough of a deterrent for us not to engage is such a grievous sin. Yet if you see yourself engaging in this sin and you know it is wrong, here are some ways that may prevent you from doing so.
1. Practice staying silent. Keeping your mouth shut when you are bored, or when something has upset you will allow you to not say what you will later regret. Silence will allow you to deeply think about how you are feeling and whether what will come out of your mouth will be considered a sin. Allow yourself to sleep on it and the time will make you see that what you want to say is not really worth saying and that it will be consider a sin. (more…)