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Benefit from our Shaykh Bin Baz

أنا كثيراً ما أتحدث لوحدي، طبيعة كذا، لم أستطع تركها فهل تعتبر غيبة إذا ذكرت إنسان بما يكره وأنا لوحدي، لم أذكره مع أحد من الناس، وإنما بيني وبين نفسي؟
النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم- قال: (الغيبة ذكرك أخاك بما يكره). فظاهر كلام النبي- صلى الله عليه ويسلم- العموم، وأنك متى ذكرت أخاك بما يكره سواء كنت وحدك أو عند الناس فهذا كله غيبة. فالوصية أن تحذر ذلك، وأن تعتاد السكوت إذا كنت وحدك إلا في ذكر الله –عز وجل-، لا دخل لك في الناس، اذكر ربك، اشتغل بشيء من ذكر الله: سبحان الله والحمد لله ولا إله إلا الله، والله أكبر. اللهم اغفر لي. دع عنك الناس، عندك من الشغل ما يكفي، من ذكر الله واستغفاره، ودعائه – سبحانه وتعالى -.
The Questioner asked: I talk to myself a lot, it is like this for me, and I cannot leave it off. Would it be Gheebah (backbiting) if I mentioned someone with what he dislikes and I am by myself. I do not mention it to anyone, rather it is to myself.
Shaikh Ibn Baaz: The Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi wa sallam) said: “Backbiting is saying about your brother that which he dislikes.” Therefore what is apparant from the speech of the Prophet (Salallahu Alaihi wa sallam) is what is general and that whenever you mention about your brother that which he dislikes whether you are alone or with the people then this is all backbiting. Therefore the advice is to beware of this, and to get accustomed to silence when you are alone except when remembering Allah- azza wa jall- don’t mention the people. Remember your Lord, keep busy with something from the rememberence of Allah. Subhan Allah, Alhmadu Lillah, La Ilaha Ill Allah, Wallahu Akbar. May Allah forgive me. Leave the people alone, you have enough to do (for yourself) from remembering Allah- Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala-, asking his forgiveness and making suplications.
This is why whenever someone went to Shaikh Ibn Baaz and told him: He said so and so of you and so and so of you. He simply used to say: “May Allah excuse everyone.”
And as a poet said:
Do not concentrate on the faults of others Over your faults and these are two faults.
Meaning: That if you concentrate on the faults of others and you do not look at yourself and your faults this would be double the sins. Because you would be heedless of yourself and your heart yet attentive to others and what they do in secret and open.


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