Thursday, April 14, 2011

Islamic Manners That Pertain To Speech

Speak Good Words Or Remain Silent:

Whenever you intend to speak, it is wise to consider your words, to dwell upon the worthiness of your intended speech. Then, if you conclude that your intended speech is worthy and noble enough to be translated into actual speech, then by all means speak. If, on the other hand, you conclude that what you intend to say is evil, it is better for you to desist and hold back your words. Abu Hurairah (ra) related that the Messenger of Allah (saas) said:

‘Whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, then let him not harm his neighbor. Whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day then let him honor his guest. And whosoever believes in Allah (swt) and the Last Day, then let him speak good (words) or remain silent.’’

Bukhaare (6018), and the wording here is his. Muslim (47) and Ahmad (75751) both related it as well)

This is characteristically succinct speech from the Prophet (saas) for any speech is either good, evil, or of a kind that leads to one of the two. “Good speech” encompasses all sayings that are Islamically required and recommended. As for any speech that is not intrinsically good and that does not lead to goodness, one should avoid it, and opt for silence instead.

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