In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful

I mentioned someone badly, how can I apologize to him?

Question:

 Dear Dr. Nabulsi:
 I was talking to one of my teachers and I mentioned someone in the class. I think it is backbiting. How can I apologize to him to be safe from Allah's punishment as he is a man not a woman?
 Thank you

Answer:

 Dear sister,
 You can ask Allah for forgiveness. You don't need to apologize to the person!
 Best regards

Praise be to Allah, the Lord of Creations