{49:12} ….. And do not spy nor let some of you back bite others. Does one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? But you abhor it; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, surely Allah is Oft-returning (to mercy), Merciful.

{4:148} Allah does not love the public utterance of hurtful speech unless (it be) by one to whom injustice has been done; and Allah is Hearing, Knowing.

  • 1. Backbiting has been likened to eating the flesh of a dead brother. This can be a metaphor for betrayal