Category: Virtues and Manners .

عن أبي الدرداء -رضي الله عنه- عن النبي -صلى الله عليه وسلم- قال: «مَنْ رَدَّ عَنْ عِرْضِ أَخِيهِ رَدَّ اللَّهُ عَنْ وَجْهِهِ النَّارَ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ».
[صحيح.] - [رواه الترمذي وأحمد.]
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Abu Ad-Dardā' (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever protects the honor of his brother in his absence, Allah will protect his face from the Fire on the Day of Judgment.”
[Sahih/Authentic] - [At-Tirmidhi - Ahmad]

Explanation

The Hadīth states the virtue of someone who defends the honor of his Muslim brother. If someone speaks ill of your Muslim brother in his absence, you must defend him, silence the backbiter, and deny the evil speech. If you fail to do so, you would be forsaking your Muslim brother.

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1: This reward is exclusive to the case when your backbitten Muslim brother was absent.
2: One reaps what he sows. So, whoever defends the honor of his brother, Allah will save him from the Hellfire.
3: Affirming the existence of the Hellfire and the Day of Judgment.