There are many evils of the tongue. Indeed, when Luqman the wise asked his servant to cook and bring him the worst part of an animal, he brought the tongue. And when he was asked to bring the best part of the animal, he again brought the tongue. This shows that the tongue can be a source of many evils, but if we tame it, and follow the prophetic advice it can be the best part of you.
The tongue can gossip, backbite, slander, curse, offend, break marriages, oppress others and fragment families. On the other hand, it can also mend marriages, heal wounds, recite the Quran, soothe and calm people and more.
In this article we will look at cursing, and the evil of it.
Cursing of two types; the first to cause affliction, such as the evil eye. And the second if to use foul-language in anger or annoyance. Both forms are prohibited in islam, but now we will address the second.
The Prophet peace and blessings be upon him said, “The believer is not one who curses others.” (Tirmidhi, Hasan)
The Prophet came to reform character, and he upheld the best standards, and advised us with what is best. He cautioned us that it does befit a believer, who is aware that Allah hears all that He says, and that there are angels recording his deeds for which he will be accountable, to curse.
Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: A man cursed the wind. The narrator Muslim’s version has: The wind snatched away a man’s cloak during the time of the Prophet (ﷺ) and he cursed it. The Prophet (ﷺ) said: Do not curse it, for it is under command, and if anyone curses a thing undeservedly, the curse returns upon him. (Abu Dawud, Sahih)
We should be careful of how we use our tongue, for it is weapon that may turn against ourselves!
Abu ad-Darda’ narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Men accustomed to cursing will not be intercessors or witnesses on the Day of Resurrection.” (Muslim)
And who would want to be deprived of such a blessing? To be able to intercede with Allah on the day, when He will give permission to those whom He chooses, an honour to be sure! Let us avoid cursing, so that we are not deprived of such a favour.
A teacher once told me, that those who swear and curse are not intelligent enough. They only use such words because they are not quick-witted, nor possess the language skills necessary to express their emotions, and so they resort to foul language.
If we consider the harms of cursing we would refrain from such downgrading behaviour. Not only does it bring harms to ourselves, but it harms others too. It offends and belittles the one cursed. Sometimes it may even harm their honour, they may feel bullied or oppressed. And as we know the duaa of the oppressed is answered, as there is no barrier between it and Allah.
Let us refrain from such language, and ask Allah to strengthen our resolve. Let’s be silent if we have nothing good to say; it’s more intelligent than cursing and swearing!