Saturday 25 December 2021

Always speak the Right Word - The Truth

We live in a world today that is full of deceit and lies. Men are always on the lookout to hoodwink the others so as to gain personal benefits even at the cost of lying and making false statements. There is a famous quote: "If your actions don't live up to your words - you have nothing to say." That means one has to own what one says and it better be the right words for then one doesn't have to look back and search for what one has said. For truth has no tails attached to it. 

No one advocates falsehood, and so does Qur'an. At many a places, the Divine Commandments ask the believers to be truthful and follow the right path, for it is only in truth lies one's salvation. It will be those who have kept their words and actions equal will be the ones who will be rewarded on the Day of Judgement. 

We share today the 70th verse from Surah 33. Al Ahzab (The confederates)asking the believers to fear Allah, for it is fear of Allah that will always be mindful of speaking the right words - the truth and nothing but the truth:

يٰۤـاَيُّهَا الَّذِيۡنَ اٰمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللّٰهَ وَقُوۡلُوۡا قَوۡلًا سَدِيۡدًا ۙ‏ 
(33:70) Believers, fear Allah and speak the truth

Tafsir Ibn-Kathir: The Command to the Believers to have Taqwa and speak the Truth

Here Allah commands His servants to have Taqwa of Him, worshipping Him as if they can see Him, and to (" قَوْلاً سَدِيداً " speak (always) the truth.) meaning, to speak in a straightforward manner, with no crookedness or distortion. He promises them that if they do that, He will reward them by making their deeds righteous, i.e., enabling them to do righteous deeds, and He will forgive them their past sins. With regard to whatever sins they may commit in the future, He will inspire them to repent from them.

Yusuf Ali  Explanation
We must not only speak the truth as far as we know it, but we must always try to hit the right point; i.e., we must not speak unseasonably, and when we do speak, we must not beat about the bush, but go straight to that which is right, in deed as well as in word. Then Allah will make our conduct right and cure any defects that there may be in our knowledge and character. With our endeavour directed straight to the goal, we shall be forgiven our errors, shortcomings, faults, and sins of the past.

Muhammad Asad Explanation
The expression qawl sadid signifies, literally, "a saying that hits the mark", i.e., is truthful, relevant and to the point. In the only other instance where this expression is used in the Qur'an (at the end of 4:9 ) it may be appropriately rendered as "speaking in a just manner"; in the present instance, however, it obviously relates to speaking of others in a manner devoid of all hidden meanings, insinuations and frivolous suspicions, aiming at no more and no less than the truth.

Javed Ahmad Ghamidi Explanation:  
Ie., they should say what befits believers and is a requisite of their faith which is: “we listened and obeyed.” The words وَ مَنْ يُّطِعِ اللّٰهَ وَ رَسُوْلَهُ at the end of the paragraph substantiate the inference that the expression قَوْلٌ سَدِيْدٌ means “to listen and to obey.”

Qur'an Wiki:
The sūrah directs the believers to say only what is just, true and accurate. They should make sure of what they say and its effects, before they accept what the hypocrites and spreaders of lies say, and before they pay attention to any wild accusation or evil fabrication against the Prophet, their leader and guide. It directs them to say right words leading to right action. God takes care of those who make sure of saying what is right, proper and accurate, guiding their footsteps and making their deeds sound, producing good results. God also forgives the sins of those who say what is right and do righteous deeds, for even they are not immune to slips and errors. They are all human, and by nature humans err and need God’s forgiveness.

Please listen to explanation of the ayat by eminent Muslim scholar Maulana Waheed ud Din:
May Allah help us understand Qur'ān and help us to act upon the commandments of Allah contained therein. Aameen.

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Reading the Qur'ān should be a daily obligation of a Muslim - Reading it with translation will make it meaningful. But reading its Exegesis / Tafsir will make you understand it fully.

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 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.  
In order to augment and add more explanation as already provided, additional input has been interjected from following sources: 
  • Towards Understanding the Quran
  • Tafsir Ibn Khatir
  • Muhammad Asad Translation
  • Javed Ahmad Ghamidi / Al Mawrid
  • Al-Quran, Yusuf Ali Translation
  • Verse by Verse Qur'an Study Circle
In addition the references of other sources which have been explored have also been given above. Those desirous of detailed explanations and tafsir (exegesis), may refer to these sites.

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