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Special Message for Chatterboxes: Shhh!

“The servant says something that he thinks is harmless, and for which he will be plunged into the depths of the Fire for seventy autumns (years).” [Al-Tirmidhi]

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Ma’roof al-Kirakhee RA said, “A person speaking about unnecessary things is (indication) from Allah abandoning him.”

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Abu Bakr as-Siddeeq RA used to place a little stone in his mouth and he did it for several years to get in the habit of speaking little. He would only take out the stone before eating  and praying. All this was out of fear of speaking unnecessarily. When death came to him he took hold  of his tongue saying, “This is what produces calamities.”

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Shigny ibn Maati’ al-Asbahee (R) said, “Whoever’s speech is increased, his mistakes (also) increased.”

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‘Ataa (R) said: ‘Those that -were before you (the Salaf), used to detest excessive speech. And they considered anything as excessive speech except speaking about the Book of Allah, the sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), commanding good and forbidding evil, and speaking about what a man needs to speak because of a need he has to fulfill in his daily life.”

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It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basrî (R) said:

 The intelligent person’s tongue is behind his heart: when he wants to speak, he first thinks. If [his words] will be in his favor, he says them, and if they will be against him, he does not speak. And the ignorant person’s heart is behind his tongue: when he merely thinks of saying something, he says it, whether it is for or against him. [Abû Bakr Al-Daynûrî, Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-’Ilm article 2049.]

[A Reminder for myself first and then others]

Sources: The Many Dangers of Tongue; From the Characteristics of the Salaf, pp. 83-84, Sayings of the Salaf

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