12.This Ramadan. . . I’ll be extra careful with my tongue.


Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudree narrated that the Messenger of Allah said, “When man wakes up in the morning each day, all parts of the body warn the tongue saying, ‘Fear Allah as regards us for we are at your mercy; if you are upright, we will be upright and if you are crooked, we become crooked.’” (At-Tirmidhee)

The tongue is a small organ in the body, but when left unchecked or uncontrolled can cause great harm to us and to others. Sins of the tongue, which include backbiting, slandering, mockery, lying and vulgar speech are often taken very lightly by many people when it reality they are very grave. Some are even among the major sins in Islam.

Did you know that your fast can be nullified because of sins of the tongue?

The Prophet (sallAllaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever does not abandon false speech and acting upon it, then Allaah is not in need of him abandoning his food and drink.”[Reported by Al-Bukhaaree]

The person who truly observes the fast is he who withholds his stomach from food and drink, refrains his limbs from sins, restricts his tongue from vile and evil speech, restrains his ears from listening to backbiting and gossip, and holds back his eyes from looking at the forbidden.

So do yourself a favour this Ramadan, and be careful with your tongue; it’d be such a shame to loose the reward of fasting just because of a backbiting or slander that you did. Let the hadith ‘Say good or be silent’ be your slogan always.

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