Don’t you ever wonder at the Power of Words?
To change ourselves,
To cast spells.
To change others,
To make enemies, brothers.
To cast doubt,
To wreck mischief, all about.
To wound, to heal.
To make laws and then repeal.
To question and then to know.
To create and then bestow.
To dream, and then try to make real.
And when you flounder, to call another for appeal.
Have you never wondered at the power of words?
To make you, or to break you!
PARAPHRASED....One day Umar (ra) came upon Abu Bakr (ra) whilst he was pulling at his tongue. Umar (ra) astoundedly asked him what he was doing. To which Abu Bakr replied with the following saying of Muhammad (saw):
"I worry about two things for my people that which is between the legs and that which is between the lips.."
I was astonished and asked Muhammad (saw).."Will we be asked concerning what we say?"
He (saw) replied .."O Abu Bakr! What will cause people to fall flat on their faces into Hell-Fire, other than what they say!"
What you say has the power to exalt you, or demean you.
Be wary my dear friends, choose choice words that will not mislead you.
And to this end let your first knowledge be the World you can see.
Marvel at its intricacies, its inter-connectedness, its wholeness and its beauty.
Then know that there is much that you cannot see nor know.
Marvel and be humbled.
And then say "There is a POWER!"
And then say "God is the POWER, the ONE and ONLY".
And then say "Glory be to GOD who created and to WHOM is our return".
And then say, even as Abraham (as) said, "I will be free of what they ascribe to God".
And then believe in HIM and put your trust in HIM, and ask of HIM.
For HE is the one who gave you the power of speech, and words, that you might deliberate, know and ask.
Surah Balad.. (Al-Qur’an):
"Have WE not given you two eyes (that you might see),
And two lips (that you might deliberate and know),
And shown you the two paths
(the path of ascent by which you are purified and exalted, and the
path of descent by which you are made low and abased).
Then what is the matter with you that you take not the paths of ascent?" brackets are mine...
By the leave of GOD, Most Gracious, Most Merciful....
I call you to the sure, undoubtable knowledge and a true and straight path...
To believe in GOD, the Indivisible ONE and ONLY, and to follow the way of Muhammad (saw), who shall forever be blessed!
Lastly, the hadith mentioned above is from memory and highly liable to error. May Allah t’ala forgive me, the ONE who loves to forgive. The below hadiths I have sourced which lend credence to the message contained in the above hadith..
Narrated Sahl bin Sa’d: Allah’s Apostle 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." (Book 76, Hadith 481) Bukhari
Malik related to me from Zayd ibn Aslam from his father that Umar ibn al-Khattab came upon Abu Bakr as-Siddiq pulling his tongue. Umar said to him, "Stop, may Allah forgive you!" Abu Bakr replied, "This has brought me to dangerous places." Al-Muwatta.
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