Hush little tongue

It looks like I have been waiting for a daily prompt with the word Silence .

Tongue: the fleshy muscular organ in the mouth of a mammal, used for tasting, licking, swallowing and (in humans) articulating speech.

This amazing act of speech, which the tongue performs is one of the greatest boons Allah(swt) has blessed humans with. Speech is exclusive to the species of homo sapiens. No other species of living beings can use their tongues to speak. And humans are sure enough make the extreme use of this act of speech. We blabber on and on. We speak good, we speak bad, we speak sense, we speak nonsense, we speak the truth, we speak lies, we speak with others, we speak about others— all we want is to produce speech. And every word we speak, determines our fate on the day of judgement. A long list of the the useless stuff we spoke in this world will haunt us for eternity.

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Everyday we wake up with a sense of calm. We decide on things to be done through the day. We set out on the journey of life. And then comes the time when the tongue starts swaying in a rhythm, producing unnecessary claptrap. Men and women are equally prone to this disease of speaking unwanted nonsense. However the female species is often more vulnerable to this malady of speaking unwanted words — gossiping, backbiting, slandering, swearing, blabbering, mocking and a host of other sub evils.

Islam is, maybe the only religion, that emphasizes time and again on learning how to remain silent. The Prophet (pbuh) was known for his concise speech. He spoke only on matters that concerned him. He was a gentle speaker, never using vulgar language. He remained silent for long hours, a practice that seems impossible for the present mankind. Most of us might be aware, that this habit of remaining calm and his love for solitude drove our beloved Prophet(pbuh), to meditate in a cave on the Mount Hira.

Learning to speak only when the occasion demands is the need of the present generation. Allah(swt) despises the person who speaks too much. Nothing is as tempting to the human soul as gossiping and making fun of others. Talking without a purpose is a thing of a foolish person. A wise man listens in silence, a fool keeps on speaking. These day speaking without a purpose seems to be the fashion. Using a sharp tongue has become the trend of the generation. Westernization has led to the adopting of a filthy language. Have we Muslims forgotten what our beloved Prophet(pbuh) has advised us on?

Speak a good word, or remain silent…
Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him)

Islam points out on four poisons of the heart

  • Unnecessary talking
  • Unrestrained glances
  • Too much food
  • Bad company

Useless blabber tops the list of the four poisonous deeds. Why do we speak?. Just to communicate our thoughts, feelings and ideas?. Or maybe to taunt, poke fun of, criticize and ridicule others?. Talking in a hurtful manner with others is a shameful quality. The one who cannot control his tongue, has not control over his thoughts and acts. Learn to control that soft little fleshy part of the mouth, lest it controls you.

The tongue is like a lion.
If you let it loose, it will wound someone.
Ali ibn Abi Talib(R.A)

The tongue is such powerful organ. The speech it produces — can break hearts, sever relations, destroy marriages, bring about quarrels, and finally dump us in the fire of hell. The more one speaks, the more his words loose value. Silence is a practice of the dignified.

Remain silent until you are requested to speak,
for that is better than speaking
until you are requested to become silent…
Ali ibn Abi Talib (R.A)

Etiquette of conversation

  • Speak politely.
  • Speak in a sweet tone.
  • Keep you voice low.
  • Forgo criticizing and ridiculing others.
  • Do not mock others with your speech.
  • Do not indulge in self-praise through your speech.
  • Do not backbite or gossip.
  • Speak in a humble and gentle manner.

Whoever believes in Allah and the last day,
should speak what is  good or remain silent…
Sahih Bukhari

 

 

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