The power of the tongue: Are you gaining Allah’s pleasure or displeasure?

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This week, I am reflecting on the immense importance of being conscious about the words which we speak.

 Every day, hour and minute – we speak numerous statements, respond to questions and arguments, and make requests from others. However, how often do we stop to reflect on what we say and how we say it?

Do we truly understand the massive impact our words have on not only our life, relationships and mood – but also our standing with Allah?

We tend to allow words to pour from our mouths unchecked like a rapidly moving stream.  But paying more attention to our speech can be the thing that grants us the pleasure of Allah as long as we live.



The Hadith below shows just how impactful our speech can be:

Bilaal Ibnul Harith al Muzanee related that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wa sallam) said:

 Truly, one of you speaks a word pleasing to Allah without knowing its worth, yet Allah writes for him His good pleasure until the day in which he will meet Him; another speaks a word displeasing to Allah without knowing its worth, yet Allah will write for him His displeasure until the Day in which he will meet Him.


– At Tirmidhee


One of the Companions (‘Alqamah Ibn Waqqas) who heard this Hadith from the original narrator said: “How much did the Hadith of Bilaal Ibn Haarith prevent me from speaking?! [i.e. a lot]


As women especially, it’s critical that we recognize the power of our words, to not only help or hurt others – but also ourselves.


Much of what we say can often go unsaid.


How many of our words – if contemplated first, would we regret?


If we truly feared Allah’s displeasure, what complaints would we hold back?

As human beings, we are blessed with the ability to think and direct our actions in a way that benefits us. The greatest benefit we can experience in this world and the next, is the pleasure of our Lord. May He grant us the awareness of our speech, and the ability to use it to gain His pleasure, ameen.






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