A message to my tongue

Since 2012-11-22

Today, we are changing the roles. Today, you will not be the tongue which talks, orders, forbids, praises, dispraises, backbites and tattles. O my tongue! What if you imagined yourself another limb with another function other than talking!

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

 
I do not know how to talk to you or how to send a message to you, because in all the days of my life, which I spent with you and which will come, you are the speaker and I am the listener; you are accustomed to sending the orders to me and I am accustomed to responding to these orders.
 
Today, we are changing the roles. Today, you will not be the tongue which talks, orders, forbids, praises, dispraises, backbites and tattles.
 
O my tongue! What if you imagined yourself another limb with another function other than talking!
 
My message, which I intend to send to you from the day of my birth with you, is a message carrying in its folds hate to you, because I hate you. Indeed, I hate you. This is the fact.
 
But, did not you ask yourself, why should I hate you although you are one of my limbs?!
 
Why should I hate you although you are the mean of communication between me and others?!
 
Why should I hate you although you are the only one who interprets what is occurring in myself?!
 
In fact, the reasons of hate are numerous and various, and I will mention yours to you.
 
You are the reason of my destruction; you are the reason of my ruin and torture; you are the reason for making me liable to hellfire. Indeed my tongue!
 
Tattling … it is one of the afflictions that you inflicted on me and trapped me because of it in the snares of disobedience. Do you remember such and such day when you tattled and ruined people’s lives and turned their happy lives into hellfire? I think you still remember. How many houses did you bring grief and solicitude to it? How many friends you separated between them because of your talebearing and claiming guarding their interests while you, in fact, was keen to tearing them into pieces that never could be gathered again.
 
Backbiting … it is also because of your afflictions, my tongue. You eat people’s flesh. Do you know how do you eat their flesh?
 
When you backbite people, you eat their flesh. And how bitter is their flesh! {Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting).} [Surat Al-Hujurât 49:12]
 
{أَيُحِبُّ أَحَدُكُمْ أَن يَأْكُلَ لَحْمَ أَخِيهِ مَيْتاً فَكَرِهْتُمُوهُ} الحجرات: 12
 
Transliteration: ayuhibbu ahadukum an yakula lahma akheehi maytan fakarihtumoohu
 
Traducing people’s honor… you slander and defame of people in their absence although they think that you are a noble judicious tongue that utters nothing but truth…
 
O my tongue… you forgot the saying of the Messenger (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him): “Whoever guarantees to me what is between his jaws and what is between his legs, I guarantee Paradise to him.” [Reported by Al-Bukhari] O tongue, Paradise is pledged with you.
 
«من يضمن لي ما بين لحييه وما بين رجليه أضمن له الجنة» رواه البخاري
 
And you forgot the saying of the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him): “Would people’s faces be casted in hellfire except because of their tongues’ harvests.” [Reported by At-Tirmidhi and authenticated by Al-Albani]
 
«وهل يكب الناس في النار على وجوههم، أو على مناخرهم، إلا حصائد ألسنتهم» رواه الترمذي وصححه الألباني
 
Look at this and consider; your crimes are numerous people cannot count them. You should remember the saying of Allah almighty: {Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)} [Surat Qâf 50:18]
 
{مَا يَلْفِظُ مِن قَوْلٍ إِلَّا لَدَيْهِ رَقِيبٌ عَتِيدٌ} ق: 18
 
 
Transliteration: Ma yalfithu min qawlin illa ladayhi raqeebun AAateedun
 
O my tongue, the watcher is ready to record any utter. One of the righteous forefathers was groaning in his illness because of the severity of pain. Then, someone said to him that the angels record the groaning of the patient; whereupon he stopped groaning, lest it might be recorded in the record of his sins. A patient stopped groaning and uttering ‘Aaaah’ while you do not stop and do not want to refrain from degrading people’s honor; you do not stop unveiling people’s faults in reality, which is called backbiting; or unreality, which is called fabrication.
 
O my tongue, remember the anger of the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) from ‘Aishah (the mother of the believers, may Allah be pleased with her) when she mentioned Safiyyah, the mother of the believers, and said to him (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him): It is enough for you in Safiyyah that she is such and such (meaning that she was short). He (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) got angry and said to her (may Allah be pleased with her): “You have said a word which would stain the sea if it were mixed in it”. i.e. that it would change its taste and color.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]
 
«لقد قلت كلمة لو مزجت بماء البحر لمزجته»صححه الألباني
 
O my tongue, consider the word that was said by ‘Aishah, the mother of the believers! It is nothing if it is compared to your rich dictionary which is full with words you know them better than me!
 
Lie… you employed lie as backup to the mask that you put on. You lie about everything. I feel no truth in any of your sayings; rather the smell of lie exudes from them till I could no longer bear it. You lie inside and outside the house; you lie at people. You went to the extent of lying at yourself by praising yourself and counting your false heroisms and glories.
 
I do not want to talk to you about the false testimony and perjury and the other affairs that you trapped me (with you too) in them, when you followed Satan and were intimate to him: {and whoever takes Shaitân (Satan) as an intimate; then what a dreadful intimate he has!} [Surat An-Nisâ4:38]
 
{وَمَن يَكُنِ الشَّيْطَانُ لَهُ قَرِيناً فَسَاء قِرِيناً} النساء: 38
 
 
Transliteration: waman yakuni alshshaytanu lahu qareenan fasaa qareenan
 
Now, I present to you the last chance; so, seize and consider it to have safety and save me with you; my dear tongue.
 
Be with Allah: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said that Allah the Exalted and Glorious says: “I am how my servant thinks of Me (in good), and I am with him when he remembers Me.” [Reported by Muslim]
 
«أنا عند ظن عبدي بي، وأنا معه حين يذكرني»رواه مسلم
 
One thousand reward every day: Sa’d (may Allah be pleased with him) said: Once we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) and He said: “Are you helpless of gaining one thousand good deeds every single day?”
 
Amongst those who had been sitting there, one asked: O Prophet of Allah, How one amongst us can get one thousand good deeds every day?
 
He said: “Glorify Allah one hundred times for one thousand good deeds are recorded (to your credit) or one thousand vices are blotted out.” [Reported by Muslim]
 
«كنا عند رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فقال: أيعجز أحدكم أن يكسب، كل يوم، ألف حسنة؟ فسأله سائل من جلسائه: كيف يكسب أحدنا ألف حسنة؟ قال: يسبح مائة تسبيحة، فيكتب له ألف حسنة. أو يحط عنه ألف خطيئة» رواه مسلم
 
Expiating sins: It is narrated on the authority of Abdullah ibn ‘Amr that the Messenger of Allah (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “There is no man on the surface of earth says: There is no God except Allah, Allah is the Greatest, Glory be to Allah, all praise is due to Allah, and there is no might nor power except With Allah (La Illaha Illa Allah, Wa Allahu Akbar, Wa Subhan Allah, Wa Al-Hamdu Lillah, Wa La Hawla Wala Quwata Illa Billah) but he would have his sins forgiven; even if they were as much as the foam of sea.” [Reported by Imam Ahmad, Ahmad Shaker said: its chain of transmission is authentic]
 
«ما على الأرض رجل يقول: لا إله إلا الله والله أكبر وسبحان الله والحمد لله ولا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله، إلا كفرت عنه من ذنوبه، وإن كانت مثل زبد البحر» رواه الإمام أحمد، وقال أحمد شاكر: إسناده صحيح
 
Staying away from the gatherings of regret: It is narrated on the authority of Abu Hurayra (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “No group of people sit in a gathering after which they leave in different directions without remembering Allah the Exalted and Glorious, but they have gone in different directions after sitting for something like donkey’s corpse, and this gathering will bring to them regret on the Day of Judgment.” [Authenticated by Al-Albani]
 
«ما من قوم يقومون من مجلس لا يذكرون الله فيه؛ إلا قاموا عن مثل جيفة حمار، وكان عليهم حسرة يوم القيامة» صححه الألباني
 
Constant reciting of the Holy Quran: Indeed, reciting the Holy Quran is one of the greatest shapes of remembrance; because the Holy Quran is the speech of the Lord of the worlds and reciting it constantly tenders the heart. The Prophet (prayers and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever does not have in his heart something of the Holy Quran is like the ruined house.”
 
«إن الذي ليس في جوفه شيء من القرآن كالبيت الخرب»رواه الترمذي وقال: حسن صحيح
 
 
Compiled by: The scientific department in Madar Al-Watan
 
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