Hasan on Speech: Wise people think before they speak

Al-Bayhaqi reported: Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The intelligent man has his tongue behind his heart. If he intends to say something, he consults his heart whether he should say it or be silent. The foolish man has his tongue in front of his heart. If he intends to say something, he lets his tongue speak first.”

Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 4366

عن البيهقي عن الحسن البصري رحمه الله قال لِسَانُ الْعَاقِلِ مِنْ وَرَاءِ قَلْبِهِ فَإِذَا عَرَضَ لَهُ قَوْلٌ نَظَرَ فَإِنْ كَانَ لَهُ قَالَ وَإِنْ كَانَ عَلَيْهِ أَمْسَكَ وَلِسَانُ الأَحْمَقِ أَمَامَ قَلْبِهِ فَإِذَا عَرَضَ لَهُ الْقَوْلُ عَلَيْهِ أَوَّلَهُ

4366 شعب الإيمان للبيهقي

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