Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ramadan Reflections: Silence is Golden



Although Muslims are told to watch what comes out of their mouths all year round but in Ramadan we are reminded to be especially careful;

 It is related that Abu Hurayra said that the Prophet (pbuh), said,
 "Allah is not in need of anyone abandoning his food and drink who does not abandon lies and acting by them while fasting."

(Sahih Bukhari)

As human beings I feel that those of us who are the talkative lot have a lot to say. But how much of it is really important? If we look back and think of all the things we talk about during the day and night , you will find that much our time is spent talking about things that hold little value for us and especially for our Aakhirah.

Sure it seems interesting and even "therapeutic" at the time as we discuss films stars, their broken marriages, their taste in clothing and shoes or the latest "news" about our not so friendly neighbor  But is any of that really important? Because when there is actually a need to talk we close our mouths and look the other way. 

I know it seems like an impossible task to weigh everything we say before we actually say it but we should at least try this Ramadan to speak less, avoid unnecessary arguments about this that and the other, not talk about the small injustices meted out to us by other people's words and actions. I know that when we are upset and there are plenty of times when we get upset in Ramadan but lets not use that anger to complain and backbite rather lets complain to Allah. He is the All Hearer, All Knower . 

The Prophet (pbuh) said, “Whoever remains silent is saved.”

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