Imam Atif Chaudhry
Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte (Masjid Mustafa), 7025 The Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28215
“Surely We have created man, and We know the promptings of his heart, and We are nearer to him than even his jugular vein. Moreover, there are two scribes, one each sitting on the right and the left, recording everything. He (man) utters not a word, but there is a vigilant watcher at hand (to record it).” – Qur’an 50:16-18
What the God is saying here in the Qur’an is very clear; when a person says something, it is recorded to make him or her accountable on the Day of Judgment. This passage should remind us of our responsibility and the gravity of the situation when we say things that can be either beneficial or dangerous. We must all therefore be aware of what we are saying.
There is nothing that exists outside the knowledge of God. We cannot hide our speech or think that falsehoods are not important. A Muslim cannot be a liar because this is the quality of a hypocrite.
“Indeed, the hypocrites will be in the lowest depths of the Fire – and never will you find for them a helper.” – Qur’an 4:145
The Messenger of Allah said, “Whosoever possesses these four characteristics is a sheer hypocrite; and anyone who possesses one of them possesses a characteristic of hypocrisy till he gives it up. These are: when he is entrusted with something, he proves dishonest; when he speaks, he tells a lie; when he makes a covenant, he proves treacherous; and when he quarrels, he behaves in very imprudent, evil, insulting manner.” – Al-Bukhari and Muslim
Therefore, we must all guard our tongues. Speak only truth, peace, love and kindness.