The Dangers of The Tongue by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

Posted: November 22, 2007 in Lectures

Bismillahi,

Subhana’Allah, I was looking for something beneficial to listen to, and the lecture above came to mind and actually reminded of something someone brought to my attention yesterday and which I haven’t considered too much about. After listening to this lecture I realized the topic actually ties in with the previous topic I wrote about. Indeed, we’re always in need of reminders, and may Allah, grant us those who will forever remind us of the greatest goal—the pleasure of Ar-Rahman.

Here is the link for the lecture: http://www.halaltube.com/waleed-basyouni/audio/the-dangers-of-the-tongue

The Dangers of The Tongue by Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

This tongue is a small thing in your mouth which is amazing muscle (Al-Lisan).

The toungue is a great blessing from Allah, one of his amazing creations in the body.

The muscle never gets tired, use it so much and too much –compare it to other muscles you use this muscle a lot.

The Scholars (Ulama) they say that this tongue though small the good that can come of it is great as well as the dangerous that can come of it is great as well.

You cannot tell the way of the Iman from the Kufr except by the tongue.

The Iman (3almal salah)-by the tongue

Whoever leaves this tongue and follows it (his desire), Allah will leave him to shaytaan.

Imam Shafi3 r.a. Said “Be aware of your tongue, its dangerous, and so many people have been killed by their tongue”

Ex.) Sahih Hadeeth—by Said Kudri r.a. The Prophet s.a.w.said their use to be a man among a nation who had killed 99 people and he went to a person and asked “can I make taubah (repent)”…the person who he came to him, had no knowledge, and the person said “You cannot make taubah, killing is a great sin”. The first man killed the second who told him he couldn’t make taubah. Lesson, is that the man spoke of that which he didn’t know and thus he was killed.

“Every single thing he says, there is an angle who writes it down”

Whoever guards whats in his tongue and between his thighs they will be under the protection of the prophet s.a.w.

Imam Malik—said the Prophet s.a.w. said that a man might say one word and Allah sw will be pleased with him till the Day of Judgment, and a man might say one word and Allah sw will be angry with him till the Day of Judgment.

In Islam talk is not cheap; talk is something Allah is going to ask about.

The Prophet s.a.w. will forgive whats in your heart (the talk you do to yourself), he will look at if you talk and act on that which you said to yourself.

Do you take in account how much you’ve said today and everyday?

Imam Tirmidi, Muslim, Imam Ahmed, Isnad—It was narrated that (Muad Ibn Jabal r.a. while walking with the Prophet s.a.w. asked him to tell him about something that if he said it would protect him from the fire of hell and grant him the blessings of Ar-Rahman—the Prophet s.a.w. said you ask of a great thing and Allah will make easy for this people; he s.a.w. advised

1.) Do not associate partners with Allah

2.) Establish Salah

3.) Fast in the month of Ramadan

4.) Pay Zakah

5.) Make Hajj

He s.a.w. continued, the greatest gate of getting reward—fasting—it’s a shield from you and the hell-fire, the charity keeps Allah’s anger away from fire—and praying in the night (recited –verses from sajadah), the main thing, the highest level in deen, the main thing in this deen is Islam–prayer is the piller of deen. All of this could be yours and more if you control your tongue! All this comes to one thing, control your tongue!

Again, Muad Ibn Jabal r.a. asked the Prophet s.a.w. to advice him.

1.) Worship Allah as if you’re seeing Him.

2.) Consider yourself as a dead person (picture yourself dying soon)

3.) Then the Prophet s.a.w. asked…Ya Muad you want me to tell you something you can control your desire with more than… (refer to above pts), Muad r.a. said yes—the Prophet s.a.w. held his tongue—and said watch this—watch your tongue!

Something you hold tight and remember all the time—say “Allah is my Lord, is the one I worship.

Al-Bari Ibn 3azim—said that a bedoun man came to the Prophet s.a.w. —tell me something that will take me to Jannah and save me from the fire of hell—The Prophet s.a.w. Free the slave or war prisoners, give food or water to the needy, or say something good or forbid a person from doing evil, then hold your tongue except to say speak good.

Abu Hurayrah said–The Prophet s.a.w. said say what is good, speak nicely and gently to the people, give charity to the needy, pray during the night, be kind to your relatives, and Jannah is yours.

Allah sw built rooms–Allah made it special for those people who talk good, who talk nice, who give food to the needy, who fast, who pray in the night while the people are sleep.

Those who survive in this dunya—The Prophet s.a.w. said:

1.) Hold your tongue

2.) Stay home–(make your home sufficient for you -if you see fitnah happening stay away from it) Stay away from that which brings doubts to your deen and weakness to your heart.

3.) And cry for what you have done.

Question: Why isn’t our heart soft enough?

–We don’t cry when we hear from Qur’an

–We don’t feel good

—we thing our heart is not soft, its hard

Your heart won’t be good if your Iman isn’t good, and your heart won’t be good if your tongue isn’t good for you.

No one will enter Jannah if a person’s neighbor isn’t safe from him.

If you want to have a good heart, a pure heart, watch your tongue (Abu Huraryah r.a. narrated)

“Whoever believes in Allah and the Day of Judgment let them speak good or remain silent”

When the Prophet s.a.w. was asked who the best among the Muslims is-the Prophet s.a.w. said he whose mouth and hands the people are safe from.

1.) Ibn Mus3ud—best thing—pray on time—those who delay their salaah –a sign of the hypocrites

2.) The Prophet s.a.w.—next comes—the Muslim safe from our tongue.

  • Many people (brother esp.) will criticize scholars—dead or alive—its very dangerous and easy to do—will say this scholar—haneefa, malika, etc don’t know much about this issue ..etc. and this is not the way of the Prophet s.a.w—Muslim should be safe from your tongue
  • Whoever remains silent, will survive (Man Samataa Najah)—we need to remain silent on a lot of issues—whenever you realize remaining silent is good, you’ll keep quiet, whenever you feel a desire of talking—don’t talking—but when you want to say something good or forbid evil—then you should talk.
  • The people who have knowledge remained silent—the were scared—accounting their words—(The Prophet s.a.w. said , Abu Bakr r.a.—If you were to weigh the Iman of Ummah and the Ummah of As-Saddiqh—Abu Bakr r.a. will weigh more)
  • Omar r.a. would place a rock on his tongue to keep him from speaking at times
  • There is nothing that needs to be locked up in this dunya more then the tongue.
  • Wara Al-Ijli—one of the earliest scholars said—I spent 10 years—It took him this long to not say something he regretted and wanted to take back—Jihad an-nafs-It takes a lot of effort—try hard, takes lots of effort.
  • Phone bill—when our phone bill comes—we shouldn’t look at the price—we shouldn’t be sorry about the amount—but should be sorry about the time we spent talking
  • After Isha—we should try to implement this—after Isha—put it into practice.
  • Ibraheem ATaymiah—one of the earliest Taybiyah—he said –The good deeds will be taken up—3amil salah—meaning you’ll talk about the akhirah–Imam Ahmed only mentioned one thing related to the dunya—(he asked someone—how is your mosque in your town.)
  • Purity of the heart—grants good memorization
  • Shaykh bin Baz—the day he died rahimullah, he was busy writing instructions for money to be sent to a masjid in Saudi and Africa—he said what made him feel good and alive was to be working!
  • Ar-rabi3 ibn kuthan—he use to write everything he said so as to bring himself to account

  • The scholars use to teach their children—ex.) Sufyan AThowbi said—I know five people in Kufa—who every morning that their Iman increases.—One of them is AbdulMalikah—why? His father sent him to go there and learn from how to avoid talking about what is not beneficial.

  • Imam Ahmed—use to have 5 thousands students, Imam Al Jawzee—20 thousands—he use to stand on a palm tree to give instructions—Imam Ahmed—some came to learn certain aspect of Islam—but some came to learn of how Imam Ahmed was in his manners and dealing with people, how he walked, acted, etc.

  • If you try to avoid about talking about what is not beneficial for sure you will avoid that which is haraam.

  • Aisha r.a. said she saw two women speaking to one another—she said “Why don’t you give your angles a break”

  • You want to do good, such as wake up for Qiyamul Layl—avoid to talking about what is not beneficial on that day. You’ll find that your prayer will be different, your Qur’an will be different, and your Qiyam will be different, your heart will be different.

  • The one who remains the most among you is the best among you.

  • Those who fight their nafs—Jihad un-Nafs—Allah will make easy for them in anything they do.

  • Their one who never talked unless he was asked to—he always had a smile on his face—and he made others smile around him.

  • The message: we’re not controlling our tongue the right way, there are things we should remain silent about, we should keep away from that which is not beneficial to us.

  • Laa YahobuAllah….(Allah hates bad talk)
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