Bukhari and Muslim record on the authority of Abu Hurayrah, radiAllaahu ‘anhu, that the Messenger of Allaah, salAllaahu ‘alayhi wasallaam, said: “Whoever believes in Allaah and the Last Day: let him speak good or remain silent.”
Imam Abu Hatim bin Hibban, in Rawdatul-‘Uqalaa said:
It is obligatory upon the intelligent to adhere resolutely to silence until he must speak. Frequently will the one who speaks regret later on! Rare will it be that the one who remains silent has a cause to regret! The people who will have the most misery and greatest misfortune are those with unrestrained tongues and encased hearts.
It is obligatory upon the intelligent to treat his ears and mouth fairly. He should know that he was given two ears and one mouth so that he may listen more than he speaks, for it may well be that when he speaks, he will regret, and when he does not speak, he will have no cause to regret. Man is more able to return to its place what he did not say as compared to returning and retracting what he has actually said. When a word is spoken, it has taken control of him; but when it is not spoken, he is in control of it.
The tongue of the intelligent is behind his heart: when he wishes to speak he first refers to the heart and if it is befitting that he speak, he does, otherwise he does not. The heart of the ignoramus is on the tip of his tongue: whatever comes to it, he speaks. The one who does not preserve his tongue has not understood his religion.
- Transcribed from: Shaykh ‘Abdul Muhsin al-‘Abbad’s Rifqan Ahlu’l-Sunnah bi Ahlu’l-Sunnah
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Point of Benefit from the Tafseer of Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen Raheemahullaah
He (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
“When you see that your time is passing by, and your age is going, and you are not in a schedule of something beneficial, nor praiseworthy, and you don’t see the blessings in the time you spend, then be cautioned! [be cautioned] that the Word of Allaah has caught you, [and that is His statement]:
وَلَا تُطِعْ مَنْ أَغْفَلْنَا قَلْبَهُ عَن ذِكْرِنَا وَاتَّبَعَ هَوَاهُ وَكَانَ أَمْرُهُ فُرُطًا
“…and obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair (deeds) has been lost.” [Kahf : 28]
His affairs have been dispersed and were lost : there is no blessing [of goodness] in him.
And it should be known that some people might be remembering Allaah, but he remembers Him with a heedless heart: and therefore it can barely be of benefit.
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The following are notes taken from the lecture ‘The Reality of This Dunya’ by Shaykh Abdullaah Al Bukhaari
- Salama ibn Dinar Al ‘Araj, from the major ulama and scholar of hadeeth, said: Every bounty of Allaah, if it does not bring you closer to Allah, then it is a misfortune and an affliction upon you
- Everything Allah has blessed you with, no matter how small or simple, if it doesn’t bring you to Allaah, it’s a problem, and Allah has established a proof against you
- From these favours are: health, time, wealth
- Therefore it is upon us to realize the tremendous favours Allah has blessed us with
- Abdullah bin Mu’taz said: The ni’ma goes away very fast and it returns very slow
- So if Allah doesn’t see the slave thankful, and it doesn’t bring about acts of obedience and following the Messenger, then no doubt, these favours are an affliction upon the person
- But if he is thankful, then he is amongst the Muhajireen, those who make hijrah to Allaah ta’ala
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