Hold Your Tongue


Thursday, 29 November 2007 07:47

For a minute, imagine that you have lost your tongue, Allah forbid. You no more have a tongue in your mouth. Now consider what a tremendous bounty you have been deprived of and what difficulties you will experience without this small organ.

          The tongue has various functions. When one eats, it pushes the food between the teeth to enable one to chew the food. During swallowing, the back of the tongue pushes against the oesophagus (wind pipe) and blocks it, thereby preventing food from going into it. Thus had it not been for the tongue, one would have choked as soon as one swallowed anything!!!



Visualise another situation. Delicious food has been placed before you. You want to taste the sweetness of the fruit, the spice in the meat dish, the tangy taste of the lemon and a host of flavours in the other food that has been laid out. Sorry. No tongue... no taste.

          Consider this scenario. Somebody observes your mouth moving but hears nothing. He Asks: “Do you want to say something? Are you in pain? Do you wish to call for someone? Does your child want you to read something for him? Your father has phoned from overseas. Why don’t you speak to him?”  Sorry. No tongue ... no speech.



Subhanallah! What a marvellous organ the tongue is. What a great bounty of Allah Ta’ala. Yet how often do we misuse this tongue. The misuse of such a great gift attracts the wrath of Allah Ta'ala. Hence Rasulullah(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is reported to have said: "The harvest (actions) of their tongues will cause people to be thrown into the fire of Jahannum."

             Among the very serious aspects of misuse is to speak vulgar languages. The tongue which is used to take the name of Allah Ta'ala, to recite the Qur’aan and to send durood upon Rasulullah(Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is soiled in the terrible filth of vulgarity. This is in complete contradiction to the clear command of the Qur’an, where Allah Ta’ala declares: “And say to My servants to speak that which is best!” Vulgar languages is a part of the WORST speech, not the BEST.


 For some people, talking vulgar languages is a fashion. Almost every second word is an ear-shattering expletive. Apart from being a serious sin, it is the habit of those who lack self respect, morals and basic decency. One should never imitate such people.   Others resort to vulgar languages in anger. Many spouses are guilty of this – often in the presence of their children. Likewise, many employers use filthy vulgar language to reprimand their staff. In many cases the staff member is a non-Muslim. He is left with a very bad impression of Muslims in general due to being constantly sworn at by his Muslim boss.



It is reported in a Hadith that many people will become paupers on the day of qiyaamah. They will come with mountains of reward for the good deeds they had performed in the world. However, due to having trampled the rights of people, among which is "swearing at someone" (as mentioned in the Hadith), they will lose all their good deeds to those they had harmed in the world. What a severe loss!

           Therefore, let us appreciate the gift of the tongue. Use it. Do not abuse it. Especially … do not swear!