Foolish Speech

April 7, 2008 § 5 Comments

These days I find the sohbet of my shaykh to be more important than I could have ever imagined. As the days and nights pass I am appreciating, more and more, the sentiments of the Qawwali, Ilahi, the traditional sufi poets and their diwan devoted to their beloved murshid. And as I continue to trip and fall making a fool of myself in this clumsy body, I am seeking true freedom in the Paradises, yet intending to fulfill my responsibility as a prisoner of these two breaths.

One of the things that have really been heavy on my mind is heedlessness and speech. I find that heedlessness is the harbinger of folly and that foolish speech can spoil almost every good deed that proceeded it. The combination of the two (heedlessness and speech) is disastrous. The Holy Prophet (may Peace and Blessings be upon him) has said,

“Whoever can guarantee (the chastity of) what is between his two jaw-bones and what is between his two legs (i.e. his tongue and his private parts), I guarantee Paradise for him.”

Believing in this, in effect, makes speaking in general something much more weightier than a transient means to a temporal end. May Allah Almighty increase our faith and protect us from heedlessness and foolish speech, Amin.

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§ 5 Responses to Foolish Speech

  • Syrrys says:

    Adding to the challenge (at least in my own experience) is that “what is between his two legs” is often the reason that “what is between his two jaw-bones” gets carried away with heedless speech.

    All the more reason to keep a tight reign on both.

  • Aaminah says:

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    MashaAllah, always a timely and important reminder.

  • darvish says:

    Syrrys is right, lol, in other words, the little head does the thinking for the big head, and heedless speech is the result 🙂

    Ya Haqq!

  • Saifuddin says:

    BismillaharRahmanirRahim

    wa ‘alaikum as-salaam Aaminah. Ah… mashaAllah darvish, you give a good example for us to reflect on. Thank you all for your comments.

    -Saifuddin

  • Abdur Rahman says:

    Salaams Saifuddin,

    Amin to your dua. Allah protect us all from heedlessness.

    Abdur Rahman

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