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Manners of Talking in the Glorious Qur'an

MIT
4/1/2015
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The glorious Qur'an is the word of Allah. It has contained all that is the very best of all possible best for mankind. It is a guiding constitution for all aspects of life and thus generally laid down principles upon which all other details of our ways could be guided with.

The manners and way by which a believer ought to speak is not neglected in the teachings of the Qur'an. This is because speech is among the means through which we communicate and socialize with other fellow humans. Nonetheless, below are some of the etiquettes of speaking as in the Qur'an:

1. Speaking in the best of tone: The Qur'an urges us to speak in the best possible tone. One is not supposed to be always on the shouting tone or high raised voice or yet the too low one. It is necessary that in normal conversations, a nice good tone is used. Thus Allah said:

                                     

 

Translated as: “(Son!) And be moderate in your pace, and lower your voice; for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the ass.” (Luqman :19).

 

2. Selecting Suitable topics to speak on: Allah has described the believers as people that would only indulge in good talks and ignore the vain talks of the ignorant and mischievous. Allah says:

“(They are) who avoid vain talk.” (al-Mu’minun 23:3) .

 

3. A good art of listening: A believer is to be the best in listening to another, especially from one in a higher ranking of authority. He is to know that the manner in which he obeys Allah and the prophet (PBUH) is what exactly portrays his way of dealing with his leaders and elders. So as he pays attention in listening to the Qur'an and the hadiths of the prophet (PBUH), he is also expected to listen and obey his leaders and those in authority. Allah said:

 

With respect to the prophet He said:

 

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Translated as: "O you who believe! Raise not your voices above the voice of the Prophet (PBUH) nor speak aloud to him in talk as you speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds should be rendered fruitless while you perceive not. Verily, those who lower their voices in the presence of Allah's Messenger (PBUH) they are the ons whose hearts Allah has tested for piety. For them is forgiveness and a great reward." (Al-Hujrat: 2-3)

 

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Meaning: "O you who believe! Obey Allah and the messanger (PBUH) and those who are in authority amongst you." (An-Nisa': 59)

4. Only good they talk about even in private. One has to always engage in useful beneficial talks that would earn him rewards. Even while planning and plotting, it should be only for good. Allah said:

ﮀ  ﮁ  ﮂ  ﮃ  ﮄ   ﮅ

Meaning: “Say to My servants that they should (only) say those things that are best” (al-Isra, 17:53).

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Translated as: “(They are) who avoid vain talk.” (al-Mu’minun 23:3)

 

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Meaning: “In most of their secret talks there is no good: But if one exhorts to a deed of charity or justice or conciliation between men, (Secrecy is permissible): To him who does this, seeking the good pleasure of God, We shall soon give a reward of the highest (value).” (an-Nisa, 114) 

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Meaning: “O ye who believe! Fear God, and (always) say a word directed to the Right: That He may make your conduct whole and sound and forgive you your sins: He that obeys God and His Apostle, has already attained the highest achievement.” (al-Ahzab:70-71).

 

5. Very cautious of what they say. A believer is to be very cautious of what comes out of his mouth. Once the words are out of the mouth, they leave his authority and control. Retracking them becomes impossible. Thus Allah said:

 

ﭪ  ﭫ  ﭬ  ﭭ  ﭮ    ﭯ  ﭰ  ﭱ  ﭲ 

Translated as: “Not a word does he utter but there is a watcher by him, ready (to note it).” (Qaf:18).

6. Allah is always their strength in all they say. This is why one is to get used to the use of In sha Allah (by the will of Allah) when talking about the future because only with His will such a thing can happen or not happen. Allah said:

 

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Translated as: “Nor say of anything, "I shall do so and so tomorrow" - without adding, "If Allah wills" and remember your Lord when you forget, and say: "It may be that my Lord will guide me to a closer way of truth than this." (al-Kahf, 18:23-24)

 

 






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