War of words

Shouts and screams often heard outside people’s doors, or in their own houses is common in a world where everyone thinks they are right, this is the war of words or sometimes it’s a cold war. These little wars often faced by people is due to saying something wrong, without thinking.

In Islam speech has been given much importance, it can lead to family break-ups or even actual wars between countries. Indeed Islam is the final legislation and the finest among all. Allah commands us to guard our tongues and His Messenger warned us against setting it loose.

Allah says (the translation of which is): “And speak good to people.”( Al Baqarah: 83)

The Prophet asked one of his companions, “Shall I not tell you what is the foundation of all that?” I [Mu’adh] said: “Of course, O Prophet of Allah.” He took hold of his tongue and said, “Control this.” I said, “O Prophet of Allah, will we be held responsible for what we say with it?” He said, “May your mother be bereft of you, O Mu’adh! Will the people be thrown into Hell on their faces or on their noses for anything other than the harvest of their tongues?” (Classed as saheeh by al-Albani.)

Our speech should include good words, should be clear, and we should have patience in explaining and repeating things so that people understand us clearly. We shouldn’t be pretentious, or boastful, nor very talkative, nor should we backbite or slander. Following the Islamic teachings we will never fall into fights or arguments again.

We should be warriors of patience and control our tongues. This is not easy for humans as we want to speak up and set others straight, but as good muslims we should try to speak softly and try to make people understand with kind and gentle words.

Remember:

‘Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it).’ [50:18]

Be a warrior against your Nafs not against people, and earn a place in the everlasting Paradise.

Fatima Damad,

Writer , AATeam

 

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