Safeguarding of the Tongue

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ

It’s Saturday 10th October 2020.

My chosen topic today is ‘Safeguarding of the Tongue’.

Allāh’s Messenger, صَلَّىٰ ٱللَّٰهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ‎, said, “Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6405)

How many times in our lives have we come across a situation, when we have said something and then regretted it? It happens so many times. Why?

One of the most beautiful gifts that we have been gifted with, is the tongue. Using the tongue correctly, will be very beneficial to us, whilst using it incorrectly will be very harmful and we will regret it.

There are so many sins that can be committed by the tongue, many which we don’t even regard as sins. There are those who constantly use swear words without even realising, and with no benefit at all. Those who have this habit need to stop immediately. There is no justification at all for swearing. Many children start swearing from a very young age. How come? They are just repeating what mum and dad say all day long.

Then comes the backbiting, slandering, false accusations, useless talk, lies, etc.

One of the best ways to control your tongue is to think before you speak. Easily said than done. However, try it and put it into practice. It will not be long before you will realise how much you can control your tongue.

Remember, we all have two angels recording each and every thing we say and do. On the Day of Judgement this same tongue, after bearing witness, will be sealed, and the various body parts will bear testimony to our actions. Therefore, let’s start self accountability from today.

Every night before sleeping, ponder upon what you might have said that may have been wrong and hurtful (see Self Accountability). Then make sure you avoid such language the next day. Everything requires an effort. The best of efforts is the effort we make upon ourselves to rectify our self.

Almighty Allāh grant us all the ability to control our tongues and rectify ourselves, Āmeen.

جَزَاكَ اللَّهُ خَيْرًا
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وَالسَّلَامُ Hanif Dudhwala


Complementary Resources

Importance of Controlling One’s Tongue

Zubān Par Control (Urdu)