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July 2003
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Silence Keeps the Satan Away!

Silence Keeps the Satan Away!

Islam has placed great emphasis on speech.
A Muslim must ask himself before saying anything: "Is there any need for me to talk"?

By Shaykh Uthmaan Dhumayriyyah

Nowadays, people's gatherings are filled with unrestrained conversations that seem to cover every area. If one were to judge these, they could only come to the conclusion that the vast majority of these conversations are comprised of useless or even harmful talk. This is certainly not why Allah has gifted us with tongues and this is definitely not how gifts are appreciated. Allah says that which what translates as: "No good is there in much of their private conversation, except for those who enjoin charity or that which is right or conciliation between people. And whoever does that seeking the means to the approval of Allah - then We are going to give them a great reward." (An-Nisaa' 4:114). Islam has placed great emphasis on speech and on the way that words are delivered, as this reflects people's thoughts and mentality, as well as how morality, or its opposite, is spread through society.

A person must ask himself before saying anything: `Is there any need for me to talk?' If there is a need, then it is fine to talk. Otherwise, silence is better because refraining from unnecessary speech is a form of worship which has a great reward. Abdullah Ibn Mas'ood, said: "I swear by the One besides Whom there is nothing worthy of worship: one's need to imprison their tongue is greater than anything else." Ibn `Abbas said: "Achieving the following five directions is more beneficial than owning the best types of horses:

1.Not involving yourselves in conversations that do not concern you, as there is no guarantee that you would not sin therein. 2.Not talking about things that do concern you, until you find the proper time, as a person may talk about a matter that does concern them, but at the wrong time and therefore produce a bad consequence.

3.Not arguing with a wise or a foolish person, as the wise person would desert you and the foolish person would humiliate you.

4.Mentioning your brother, in his absence, with things with which you would wish him to mention you with in your absence and forgiving him for that which you would wish him to forgive you for.

5. Performing the actions of one who is certain that he would be rewarded for the good and punished for the bad that he does.

A Muslim cannot achieve these five things unless he strictly controls his tongue, silences it whenever he wishes and curtails any unnecessary activity on its part. As for those who are driven by their tongues, they are being piloted to their destruction.

Loose talk causes one to become heedless. It is a fact that the majority of those who take the lead in vain talk during sinful gatherings talk so much that one who listens to them comes to realise that they themselves are not aware of what they are saying and that there is no thought-process behind their words.

This is exactly the reason why the Prophet (Pbuh) advised Abu Dharr, saying: "Stay silent for long periods, as this keeps Satan away from you and helps you in the practice of your religion." Shunning frivolities and idle talk is the gate to success. Allah says that which translates as: "Certainly will the believers have succeeded. They who are during their prayer humbly submissive. And they who turn away from ill speech. (Al-Mu'minoon 23:1-3).

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