The Tongue Sins (part I)

We forget, a lot of times, how each word spoken can be received by others.

They certainly are accounted for in our books-the books that hold our bad deeds and good.

This article will explore how important “think before you speak” really is in our lives.

Reflection: How many times a day do you not think before you say something?

Originally published in IFN

written by Mariam Al-Kalby

“The Tongue Sins”

It is common now for Muslims to be boastful about the things they do and see.

They share it on social sites, blogs, and the like but behaving in this way is not Islamic and inconsiderate.

It is inconsiderate because boasting can make others feel bad or want to have what the boastful person is sharing and this creates jealousy and enmity amongst one another.

Islam is surely about keeping relations and ties with another rather than breaking them.  People who usually do these things feel the need to show off, feel good about themselves, or want others to envy them and want what they have.

Allah’s Messenger stated: “Allah revealed to me that people should be humble with one another to the point that none boasts over another” (Muslim).

Our attitude is supposed to be filled with humbleness so much so that we do not brag about worldly things.

“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth.  Verily, Allah likes not each arrogant boaster” (31:18).

Even just a look or a glance can signify whether it is with pride or humility.

Muslims are humans and we fall into the ill behavior of bragging about things, whether where we went over the weekend, how we meet the perfect spouse, what we bought, and other trivial things that really do not benefit anything most of the time.

We need to be aware of what we say around people.  Arrogance, boasting, and idle talk are all things that need to be avoided.

Some people asked Allah’s Apostle (SAW), “Whose Islam is the best? i.e. (Who is a very good Muslim)?” He replied, “One who avoids harming the Muslims with his tongue and hands” (Bukhari).

This hadith is important because it not only mentions that physical harm is not allowed but just talking and using words can have an ill effect on others.  Harm comes in various forms and avoiding these two ways makes us a good Muslim.