Assalamo Alaikum Wa Rahmataullahi Wa Barakatahu
Inshallah you are all in the best state of health and Imaan. Just a small reminder to recite Allahuma Sallay Ala Muhammadin Abdika Wa Nabiyika Wa Rasoolikan Nabiyyil Ummiyi. Reciting this darood and salaam upon Nabi SAW 80 times on Friday takes away 80 years of sin
Juwairiyah bint Al-Harith (May Allah be pleased with her) reported, the Mother of the Believers: The Prophet (peace be upon him) came out from my apartment in the morning as I was busy in performing the dawn prayer. He came back in the forenoon and found me sitting there. The Prophet (peace be upon him said, "Are you still in the same position as I left you." I replied in the affirmative. Thereupon the Prophet said, "I recited four words three times after I had left you. If these are to be weighed against all you have recited since morning, these will be heavier. These are: Subhan-Allahi wa bihamdihi, `adada khalqihi, wa rida nafsihi, wa zinatah `arshihi, wa midada kalimatihi [Allah is free from imperfection and I begin with His praise, as many times as the number of His creatures, in accordance with His Good Pleasure, equal to the weight of His Throne and equal to the ink that may be used in recording the words (for His Praise)]."[Sahih Muslim]. Take two minutes to memorise the above and repeat it three times in the morning and in the evening. And it really does take only two minutes.
I will conclude this topic stating some more general acts of the tongue that need to be avoided. But inshAllah in the future I will talk about some of these traits in more detail so that we can identify the signs and try our best to eradicate them.
12. Disclosing secret--To disclose secret talks is unlawful as it gives pain to the mind of another .It is a breach of trust if you disclose the secret talks to others and it is also one of the four trait of a hypocrite.
13 False Promise:-To make promise in haste but it does not become possible to fulfil it always. As a result, it is broken. God says: 0 believers, fulfil promise. The Prophet SAW said: Promise is like a parent. He said: Promise is a kind of debt or greater than that.
He in whom there are four traits is a hypocrite even though he prays, fasts and thinks that he is a Muslim till he gives it up.
(1) When he speaks, he speaks lies.
(2) When he promises, he breaks it
(3) When he is entrusted, he breaks it.
(4) When he disputes over properties, he rebukes
14. Lying and false oath. These are great sins and heinous faults. Be careful of lying as it is the companion of the sinners and both will be in Hell. Lying is a door of hypocrisy. Lying reduces Rizq-provision. When a man lies his companion angel goes one mile away from him. A Muslim may commit other faults but there cannot be in him cheating and falsehood
I asked: O Prophet of God, can a believer be a liar? He said: No. Then he recited the following verse: “It is only those who believe not in God’s verses who fabricate falsehood, and (only) they are the liars 16:105
15. Back-biting--: Know there are numerous warnings in Shariah–Islamic law regarding back-biting. Many people are accustomed to back-biting and very few are free from it. God says: Don't back-bite one another. Do you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Rather you abhor it-49:12 Qur’an ‘Beware of back-biting as it is a more heinous sin than fornication’. If a man commits fornication and makes repentance, God may accept his repentance, but the repentance of back-biting is not accepted till the back-bited man pardons him. Listening to back-biting is included within the back-biters.
Meaning of back-biting and its limits: Back-biting means to say anything to another about your brother in his absence which he does not like. This refers to physique, pedigree, dress, house, religion, behaviours and conduct and character. Back-biting by means other than tongue: back-biting can be done not only by tongue but also by signs, gestures, hints, movements of body and writings. Every kind of back-biting is unlawful.
16 Hypocrisy--It is to go to two enemies and introduce to each of them as friend and to hold one opinion with each of them. He who has got two tongues in the world will have two tongues in the next world. You will see on the resurrection day the worst man near God with two faces. He will come to one party with one thing and to another party with another thing.
On the Resurrection Day, the worst men to God will be the liars, the proud, and those men who entertained hatred in the need of their friends.
When they met his friends, they hated them. When they were called towards God and His Prophet SAW, they came late and when they were called towards the devil, they came hurriedly.
17 . Tale-Bearing Namimah and slander -Hammaz -- God says in verse 68 :11-12 Quran -A slanderer, going about will calumnies, hindering all good, transgressing beyond bounds etc.
Slander -Hammaz means an illegitimate issue who does not keep words secret. This shows that he who does not keep words secret and roams about giving news to ears is like an illegitimate son. God says in verse 104:1 Qur’an - Woe to every scandal-monger and backbiter.
A slanderer will not enter Paradise. Scandal monger will not enter Paradise. Tale-bearing, (namimah) is defined as spreading words among believers with the purpose of stirring up enmity and problems between them. This matter is forbidden.
18.Praise. In some cases, praise is unlawful." There are six harms of praise, out of which four harms fall on the praiser and two harms fall on the hearer of praise.
19.Carelessness:- carelessness or inattention in words, specially when they are uttered in connection with religious affairs.
One man came to the Prophet SAW and said in the midst of his talk-what God wishes and you wish. The Prophet SAW said : Have you made me equal to God ? Rather say : What the Almighty God wishes.
Never call a great sinner-My chief-Sayyidi, because if he becomes your chief, you will incur displeasure of your Lord
Below are a list of things that will protect against the harms of the tongue.
O refrain from vain talks.
To stop spreading rumors.
To verify any news spread to us.
To correct the news from any source.
To stop all types of backbiting against one another.
To lower our voices, and speak softly and gently.
Not to be ashamed saying : "I don't know" for any question that you don't know its answer.
To take the initiative and make da'wah for the love of Allah. Be sure you say the truth about Islam.
Try to read more about Islam mainly the Qur'an, Hadith, Fiqh, Seerah, etc.
To keep busy in doing something good to you and to others.
To keep watch over your mistakes and your sins.