Speak Good or Remain Silent

[Speak good or remain silent]

“Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should speak of what is good or keep quiet. (i.e. abstain from all kinds of evil and dirty talk).” (Al-Bukhari)

The last part of the hadith is the encouragement from the prophet to speak what is good and beneficial. Simultaneously, it is a warning, cautioning us to be careful in what we say, lest we say something that is harmful or false.

Speaking good means speaking about good things. Why is it that we as people tend to speak so much about bad things? When we speak good, we automatically feel good, because our thoughts are attuned to the good.

The most important to digest is that as Muslims we don’t let our tongue hurt others. Be a caring Muslim. Who knows our silence from saying bad things will open up the hard hearts of others to get attracted to Islam.

Wisdom

لْحِكْمَةُ إِذًا فِعْلُ مَا يَنْبَغِي عَلَى الْوَجْهِ الَّذِي يَنْبَغِي فِي الْوَقْتِ الَّذِي يَنْبَغِي
Wisdom is to act as one should, in the manner that one should, at the time that one should.
-Ibn al-Qayyim

So, how to act as one should, in the manner that one should and at the time that one should?

Look at our beloved prophet, Muhammad s.a.w.

Since the beginning of Islam, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w was mainly concerned with teaching and disciplining Muslims to possess the best conduct and manners. His personal life and behaviour reflected and embodied the best teachings revealed to him by Allah. In the Quran, Allah describes Prophet Muhammad thus: “And indeed, you are of a great moral character” [Quran, 68:4].

The Prophet of Islam s.a.w diligently observed righteous manners in his social relations. He was extremely humble and kind, treating all Muslims equally, respecting one and all and expressing his authentic love for them. He enquired about the well-being of those who were absent and visited the sick. He was present in funeral ceremonies. He accorded respect to children and greeted them.

At home, he was extremely kind and friendly to his wives and children. He expressed love to them and maintained a cheerful temperament. He helped them with household chores. He was never harsh and often overlooked their mistakes. With children, he was not just always kind but also took to play with them.

He never beat anyone except when it should be for the sake of God. He never sought revenge against any offence except when it was an affront to God. Whenever faced with multiple options to choose from he would choose the easiest of them except when it incurred sin or breaking off of relations. No free man or slave ever came to him with a request and denied his immediate help.

So, the best example – of how to act as one should, in the manner that one should, at the time that one should – is that one man’s life, Muhammad s.a.w.

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