Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (may Allaah have mercy upon him) stated:
"From among the people are those who backbite by way of being in agreement with those whom he sits with, his companions and his tribesman. This is the cause although the person knows that the one being backbitten is free from that which they say about him, or in him is some of that which they say. However, the person sees that if he was to reprimand them ( for backbiting ) the gathering would come to an end, the people of the gathering would become difficult with him, and they would flee from him. Therefore, he sees that being in agreement with them is from good companionship. It is possible that they become angry so he becomes angry, because they are angry. As a result of that, he indulges along with them ( into that which they indulge in )."
Majmoo'al Fataawaa 27 p.23