Benefit: The Permissibility of Backbiting When Requesting a Verdict
In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy
Al-Ḥāfidh ibn Ḥajr mentions: “This narration is proof that it is permissible to mention a person with qualities that he is not fond of in certain situations, such as attaining a fatwá or filing a complaint and the likes of this. This is one of the times where backbiting is permissible” [Fatḥ al-Bārī: 9/509].
Shaykh Rabīʿ ibn Hādī al-Madkhalī: “The Messenger of Allāh (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) did not rebuke Ḥind bint ʿUtbah for mentioning Abū Sufyān’s deficiency. Likewise, he (ṣallá Allāhu ʿalayhi wa-sallam) did not compel her to mention his good, although Abū Sufyān possessed much good.”
Source: Manhaj Ahl al-Sunnah wa-al-Jamāʿah li Shaykh Rabīʿ al-Madkhalī pg. 30-31.
Translated by: Munīb al-Ṣumālī