Published on November 2nd, 2016 | by Abu Umayza | Views: 3278
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحـمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آلـه وصحبه ومن والاه
It is recorded that Abu Bakr as-Sideeq رضي الله عنه narrated that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
ليس شيءٌ من الجسدِ إلا يشكو إلى اللهِ الِّلسانَ على حِدَّتِه
“There is no part of the body, except that it complains to Allah about the intense (harm) of the tongue.”
[Graded as saheeh by Al-Albani in his ‘Saheeh at-Targheeb’, 2/71 and said it was authentic upon the condition of al-Bukhari]
The heart is but a piece of one’s body that also complains about a corrupted tongue. The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “No servants of Allah’s belief will be correct until his heart is corrected, and his heart will never be corrected until his tongue is.”
And in the famous hadeeth found in Tirmidhi, when Mu’adh ibn Jabal رضي الله عنه asked: “Are we even going to be held accountable for what we say?” The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم replied, “…Is there anything that drags people into the Fire on their faces other than what their tongues have wrought?” And the Companions knew better than anyone else about the dangers of a loose and unmindful tongue. In golden words of wisdom, Abdullah ibn Mas’ood رضي الله عنه said:
والذي لا إله غيره ما على ظهر الأرض من شيء أحوج إلى طول سجن من لسان
“By Allah besides whom there is no other ‘ilah, there is nothing on earth more in need to be imprisoned than one’s tongue.”
[Musnad Ahmad, 162; Ibn Mubarak, 129, Ibn Abi Aasim, 23 and others]
When something is imprisoned, it is ensured that it can’t be allowed any freedom to cause harm and wreak havoc upon others. And from amongst the additional things we need to imprison our tongues from are the following…
2. Electing the wrong time and place to speak. Often problems result from speaking when it is not required, or not speaking when it is required at any given time conducive for that thing to be spoken out, or withheld.
3. Unlimited speech that goes beyond what is necessarily required to achieve a goal or objective. That he does not speak except to benefit himself or others.
4. Idle speech. Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him say something good or remain silent. Not weighing our words before uttering them. Are the words appropriate or will their usage lead to confusion?
5. Overstating and overpraising. Because excessive praise is an adulation that leads to unjust and waste. Persistence in complimenting easily leads to slander and exaggeration.
6. Always trying to please and satisfy people, even when they are wrong or oppose a Ruling of Allah and His Messenger صلى الله عليه وسلم – Whoever seeks to please Allah by angering the people, Allah will suffice him against the people, but whoever seeks to please people by angering Allah, Allah will leave him to the people.
7. Making promises or granting trusts that one can not keep or honour. Reneging on promises reflects insincerity in keeping them.
8. Saying what one does not do or worse, what one does not believe. Allah Said: “O you who believe, why do you say what you do not do? It is most hateful to Allah for you to say what you do not do.” [trans of Al-Saff, 2-3]
9. Exhibiting arrogance in one’s words, even if one does not intend it. Being mindful and empathetic towards the other party. A person from whose hand and tongue, other Muslims are safe, his Islam is the best.
And of course many, many more. The idea should be to gradually train and tune our tongues and be ever-mindful of its destructive consequences before deciding to use it to speak.
And with Allah we seek succour for our shortcomings.
The more the people are guided to follow the goodness, the greater the opportunity for him to get the reward.
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