Wednesday 17 March 2021

Etiquettes of Speech for a Believer - Speak Good

The words we speak have a far-reaching effect on the audience around us. Our words can make and break our personality - in fact fact no one sees what is hidden in our brain, but the moment we speak, the entire hidden is exposed within no time. Remember “A sharp tongue and a dull mind are usually found in the same head.” says Anonymous. That is those who do not have much in their head, usually have sharp and hurtful tongues.

Islam while teaches many useful things to the believers so that they wield a positive effect around them, it also teaches us how to speak. From Today onward, we shall share a number of posts containing verses from Qur'an which guide us how to speak and use our tongue so that it leaves a pleasant effect on the addressee and does not break hearts. 

Of the many Etiquettes of Speech for a Believer, we shall talk of Speaking Good:

Speak Good
Good and fair words always attract attention and the target audience is more prone to listen to someone who is speaking good and kind things:
وَاِذۡ اَخَذۡنَا مِيۡثَاقَ بَنِىۡٓ اِسۡرَآءِيۡلَ لَا تَعۡبُدُوۡنَ اِلَّا اللّٰهَ وَبِالۡوَالِدَيۡنِ اِحۡسَانًا وَّذِى الۡقُرۡبٰى وَالۡيَتٰمٰى وَالۡمَسٰکِيۡنِ وَقُوۡلُوۡا لِلنَّاسِ حُسۡنًا وَّاَقِيۡمُوا الصَّلٰوةَ وَاٰتُوا الزَّکٰوةَ ؕ ثُمَّ تَوَلَّيۡتُمۡ اِلَّا قَلِيۡلًا مِّنۡکُمۡ وَاَنۡـتُمۡ مُّعۡرِضُوۡنَ‏ 
(2:83) And recall when We made a covenant with the Children of Israel: “You shall serve none but Allah and do good to parents, kinsmen, orphans and the needy; you shall speak good to people, and establish Prayer and give Zakah (Purifying Alms). And yet, except for a few of you, you turned back on this covenant, and you are still backsliders.
Although the 83rd verse from Surah 2. Al Baqarah embodies in itself many commandments, but we have highlighted the portion which relates to the Speaking Good to the People. Our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ always advocated to speak good to the people. And it was His kindness in speech that melted the hearts of many stone hearted disbelievers and attracted them to Islam.
Abu Hurayrah relates that God’s Messenger, may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him, said: “Whoever believes in God and the Last Day should speak a good word or remain silent.  And whoever believes in God and the Last Day should show hospitality to his neighbor.  And whoever believes in God and the Last Day should show hospitality to his guest.”
Tafsir Ibn Kathir: ( ' وَقُولُواْ لِلنَّاسِ حُسْنًا " nd speak good to people) meaning, say good words to them and be lenient with them, this includes commanding good and forbidding evil. 
Al-Hasan Al-Basri commented on Allah's statement: (and speak good to people), ".`The good saying' means commanding good and forbidding evil, and being patient and forgiving. The `good words to people', as Allah commanded, also includes every good type of behavior that Allah is pleased with.' 
Imam Ahmad narrated that Abu Dharr said that the Prophet said: (Do not belittle any form of righteousness, and even if you did not find any good deed except meeting your brother with a smiling face, then do so.)
This Hadith was also collected by Muslim in his Sahih and At-Tirmidhi, who graded it Sahih.

Allah commands the servants to say good words to people, after He commanded them to be kind to them, thereby mentioning two categories of manners: good speech and good actions. He then emphasized the command to worship Him and the command to do good, ordaining the prayer and the Zakah.

Explaining the meaning of speaking good or fair to the people Yousaf Ali explains that "Speak fair to the people" not only means outward courtesy from the leaders to the meanest among the people, but the protection of the people from being exploited, deceived, defrauded, or doped with things to lull their intelligence.

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Explains: These words are synonymous to: (263:2) قَوۡلٌ مَّعۡرُوۡفٌ وَّ مَغۡفِرَۃٌ,(4 :5 ، 8 ، 9) قُوۡلُوۡا لَہُمۡ قَوۡلًا مَّعۡرُوۡفًا, مَّيْسُوْرَ (28:17) فَقُلْ لَّهُمْ قَوْلاً وَلْيَقُوْلُوا قَوْلاَ سَدِيْدَا. The implied meaning is that besides fulfilling one’s obligations towards people, one should also be conscious of their self-respect. So whatever is said to them should be said in a decent and cultured way. They should not be scolded or ill-spoken to. If a person cannot talk decently to people to whom he owes obligations, then he has actually disobeyed the directive of showing kindness to them.

May we all are mindful of choosing the right and good words in our speech and in our manners as well so that there exists a cordial relationship among all believers and let no tongue hurt the feelings of the others. May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

For more Selected Verses, please refer to our reference page: Selected Verses from the Qur'anYou may also refer to our Reference Pages for knowing more about Islam and Qur'ān.
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An effort has been made to gather explanation / exegesis of the surahs of the Qur'ān from authentic sources and then present a least possible condensed explanation of the surah. In that:
  • The plain translation has been taken from the Qur'ān officially published by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. [1]
  • The exegesis of the chapters of the Quran is mainly based on the "Tafhim al-Qur'an - The Meaning of the Qur'an" by one of the most enlightened scholars of the Muslim World Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi. [2]  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided by [2], additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
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Great Article about how to apeak, as Allah Almighty wants. Some people are habitual to speak unnecessary and to hurt others. It is better to speak less and listen more. Speak good always with out hurting any one. No body can judge you till you speak.

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