Speak Good or else Remain Silent

Aassalamu’ Aalaikum Wa’rehmatullahi Wa’barakatuhu.

I hope ya’ll are doing well.And today am going to share a very beautiful and important hadees .So it goes like this:

It is reported on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) observed:He who believes in Allah and the Last Day should either utter good words or better keep silence; and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should treat his neighbour with kindness and he who believes in Allah and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest. [Sahih Muslim Book 1, Hadith 80]

Similar hadith you will also find in [Sahih Muslim Book 1, Hadith 81], [Sahih Muslim Book 1, Hadith 83], [Sahih Bukhari Book 78, Hadith 49], [Sahih Bukhari Book 78, Hadith 50].

Now the above hadees teaches many things. But I will stick to the topic, i.e., SPEAK GOOD WORD OR REMAIN SILENT!!!

In this hadees there is an encouragement to speak what is good and beneficial; at the same time there is a warning, cautioning us to be careful in what we say, lest we say something that is harmful or false. It is part of a Muslim’s faith to speak the truth and to say things that bring about benefit to others. When we have nothing beneficial to say, silence is golden.So,this hadees encourages us to guard our tongues. A person who wants to speak should think upon what he is about to say before he utters it. If it then shows itself to have some benefit to it, he may speak it; otherwise he should refrain from doing so.

Once, Mu`adh b. Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him) asked the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) to inform him of some good work that would admit him into Paradise and distance him from the Hellfire. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) mentioned to him the virtues of many good deeds, then said: “Shall I inform you of the foundation of all of that?”
Mu`adh said: “Certainly.”
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) took hold of his tongue and said:“Restrain yourself from this.”
Mu`adh (may Allah be pleased with him) then asked: “O Prophet of Allah! Are we held to task for the things that we say?”
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) replied: “May your mother be bereaved of you, O Mu`adh! Does anything topple people headlong into the Hellfire save the harvests of their tongues?”

[Sunan al-Tirmidhi and Sunan Ibn Majah]

We should avoid speaking ill of others. We should rather remain silent unless we are seeking justice for some wrong that has been perpetrated against us. Our tongues are like double-edges swords. They can work for us and against us, both in this world and the Hereafter. We will be held accountable for what we say. As Allah tells us:

Man does not utter any word except that with him is an observer prepared [to record]. [Qur’an 50:18]

And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart – about all those [one] will be questioned.[Qur’an 17:36]

So, we must be vigilant not to speak falsehood. We must think about what we are saying and the possible consequences of our words before we go ahead and speak. If somebody wants to speak, then if what he wants to say is good and he is confident that he will be rewarded for it, whether it is obligatory or praiseworthy, then let him speak, but if it does not seem to him that it is good and he will be rewarded for it, then let him refrain from speaking, whether he thinks it is haram (impermissible) or makrooh (disliked) or permissible. Based on this, it is recommended to refrain from saying permissible words and we are enjoined to avoid this, lest it lead us into something that is haram or makrooh, which is what happens in many cases or in most cases. If a person wants to say something, he should think about it: if it seems to him that it will not do any harm, then he should speak, but if he thinks that it will do some harm or he thinks that this is most likely, then he should refrain from speaking.

This shows how important it is for a Muslim to keep a check on his/her tongue. All good actions can go to waste if one does not guard his speech. One should, therefore, guard his tongue against that which Allah has made prohibited.A sweet tongue or a tender word goes a long way in winning people’s heart.If one indulges in idle talk rather than the remembrance of Allah, his heart becomes hardened, which is a sign of being far from Allah’s Mercy. One should therefore occupy himself with the remembrance of Allah.

If we observe it in our daily life, we see that Sometimes a person utters a good sentence which pleases an individual and he reforms himself or holds himself from doing something wrong. Such a sentence or utterance is highly rewarded by Allah. Similarly, sometime a person utters a mischievous sentence, the ruinous effects of which he does not realise. This utterance hurts someone’s feelings and leads him to sin and evil. Almighty Allah is displeased with such a person.

Therefore the lesson that this Hadees has for us is that one should strictly guard his speech and weigh his words to avoid Allah’s Wrath.

I say that I’ll try to remember this from now on and work hard to keep my tongue guarded against evil and harshness In-Sha’-Allah. Would you??

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