Guarding the Tongue حفظ اللسان

Hadith on Jahiliyyah: Four traits remain from pre-Islamic ignorance

Abu Malik al-Ash’ari reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Four traits in my nation are among the affairs of ignorance that they have not abandoned: boasting […]

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Hadith on Dishonesty: Beware of telling lies about small things

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: My mother called me one day while the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was seated in our house. She said, “Come here

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Hudhayfah on Nifaq: Beware of taking hypocrisy too lightly

Abu al-Ruqad reported: Hudhayfah said, “A man used to speak a word in the time of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, by which he would become a

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Hadith on Dua: The Prophet asks Allah for light in his heart

Ibn Abbas reported: He spent the night with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he woke up. The Prophet cleansed his teeth, performed ablution, the

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Hadith on Restraint: Controlling speech, anger, and apologizing

Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever restrains his tongue, Allah Almighty will cover his faults. Whoever controls his anger, Allah Almighty

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Hadith on Dua: The Prophet teaches a man to seek refuge in Allah

Shakal ibn Humayd reported: I came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and I said, “O Messenger of Allah, teach me to seek refuge that by it

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Hadith on Qadr: I ask for Your every decree to be good

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, taught her among the comprehensive supplications, “O Allah, I ask You for Your every decree upon me to

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Hadith on Speech: All words recorded against people except good

Umm Habibah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Every word of the son of Adam is against him, not for him, except for enjoining good, forbidding

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‘Ata’ on Anger: Terrible consequences for a careless angry word

Ibn Rajab reported: ‘Ata’ ibn Abi Rabah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, a man might speak a word in anger by which his good deeds of sixty

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Umar on Sermons: Umar warns against greed, anger, and dishonesty

Abu Huraira reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say to people in his sermons, “Those among you have succeeded who are protected from whims,

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‘Ata’ on Gentleness: Speak good words to all people

Al-Qurtubi reported: Talhah ibn Umar said to ‘Ata’, may Allah have mercy on him, “Indeed, you are a man whom people of various whims gather around and I am a

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Hadith on Names: Allah forbids insulting by hateful nicknames

Abu Jabirah ibn al-Dahhak reported: A man used to have two or three names by which he was called. Perhaps he hated one of them, so Allah revealed the verse,

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Hadith on Mockery: Man sinks into Hell because of bad joke

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, a man might speak a word to make those around him laugh, yet by it

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Hasan on ‘Ilm: Knowledge is two types, beneficial or hypocritical

Hisham reported: Al-Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Knowledge is two types: Knowledge in the heart is that which benefits. Knowledge on the tongue will be an

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Ibrahim on Backbiting: Fear of speaking about other’s faults, tested like them

Al-A’mash reported: Ibrahim al-Nakha’i, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, I will see something I dislike in someone, and nothing stops me from speaking about it except fear

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