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Communication Manners in Islam

01: In today’s modern society, talking/speech is not the only method of communication. There are also such others such as phones, chats (YM, MSN), social networks (Facebook), forums and so much more! So therefore, as Muslims, we must always be careful when it comes to communication! In Islam, Muslims are thought with appropriate communication manners; hence, we should always remember that every word he/she says is accounted for.

Which means, everything you utter/type might get you sinned or rewarded!

Related verse from the Quran:
"Not a word does he (or she) utter, but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)” [Qaf 50:18]

02: Be truthful in your speech and refrain from lying and falsified news! Remember, there is NO such thing as a “white lie”, so try your best not to come up with small lies! Truthful words are always the best and insyallah, they are able to save you from unwanted or unnecessary fitnah or matters! And plus, truthful words lead truthful Muslims to Paradise! :)

Related hadith:
The Prophet (s.a.w) said : “You must speak the truth for the truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise. One who always speaks the truth and means the truth is recorded as truthful with Allah. Keep away from the lies, for the one who continually tells a lie leads to evil and evil leads to Hell-fire” [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]

03: ALL Muslims, take extra note on this! Gossipping, backbiting and slander are serious issues for they cause harm to other people and parties, and may lead to many negative things (disputes, hatred, etc). These are basically spreading talk among people to make them hate and to speak bad things about one another.

- Gossipping: Spreading true or false rumours or talks about certain person or people
- Backbiting: To say about someone, in his absence which he dislikes, even though what was said might actually be true
- Slander: To spread talks about someone which are not true

Related verse from Quran:
“And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who accepts repentance, Most Merciful” [Al-Hujurat 49:12]

Related hadith:
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “A slanderer will not enter Paradise” [Al-Bukhari # 6056]

04: Wouldn’t it be weird if you witness a fellow Muslim shouting or laughing aloud in your presence? Of course it would be weird! As Muslims, we must always keep our “cool” and keep our manners at par. In fact, speaking loudly, yelling or shouting are NOT qualities of a Muslim! So shh, behave! ;)

From the Quran, Luqman advices his son:
“(Son) and be moderate in thy pace, and lower your voice, for the harshest of sounds without doubt is the braying of the donkey” [Luqman 31:19]

05: Cursing, or using foul language are sadly, the trend in today’s modern society; even little kids have started to pick up these immoral language! But that is not an excuse for us Muslims to follow this unhealthy trend, right? In fact, whichever foul language you utter, will go back to you. So say NO to lewdness, foul language & cursing! Yosh!

Related hadiths:
Narrated by Ibn Mas'ood, the Prophet (pbuh) said: “The believer is not a slanderer ( one who attacks the honour of others through disparaging words and backbiting); nor is he a curser or (a speaker) of lewd and base language” [Imam Ahmad # 3938]

Narrated by Ibn Abbas (r.a): The Prophet (pbuh) said: “….and when one curses something (or someone) that is not deserving of that, the curse returns upon him.” [A-Tarmidhi & Abu Daawod]

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