Sufyan on Sin: Backbiting is worse than fornication, drinking wine

Al-Bayhaqi reported: Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Backbiting is worse to Allah than fornication and drinking wine, as fornication and drinking wine is a sin between you and your Lord. If you repent from them, Allah will accept your repentance. Yet backbiting is not forgiven unless the victim forgives you.”

Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 6229

عن البيهقي عن سفيان بن عيينة رحمه الله قال الْغِيبَةُ أَشَدُّ عِنْدَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ مِنَ الزِّنَا وَشُرْبِ الْخَمْرِ لأَنَّ الزِّنَا وَشُرْبَ الْخَمْرِ ذَنْبٌ فِيمَا بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ فَإِذَا تُبْتَ عَنْهُ تَابَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْكَ وَالْغِيبَةُ لا يُغْفَرُ لَكَ حَتَّى يَغْفِرَ لَكَ صَاحِبُكَ

6229 شعب الإيمان للبيهقي الرابع والأربعون من شعب الإيمان