Islamic Date18 Thu al-Hijjah
English Date19 August
Arrows and Snakes
The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Beware, … for what else throws men into the Fire upon their faces or upon their noses, but the harvests of their tongues.” [Tirmidhi]
Some people use their tongues without reservation and without any thought to consequences. Anything is fair game -- Allah’s commands, the Sahabah (radi Allahu anhum), relatives and friends, any and everybody! Keep in mind that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was warning Muslims with this Hadith.
Our words are like arrows: once released they don’t return without first striking a target. Our pious predecessors used to be very conscious about the use of their tongues though they had been guaranteed Paradise by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).
Umar bin Al-Khattab (radi Allahu anhu) once entered upon Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) and found him pulling at his tongue. He said, “Oh, what are you doing?” Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu) replied, “It is this (i.e my speech) that has brought me so much trouble.” [Malik, Al-Muatta]
Imam Shafi’ee (rahimuhullah) said: “Beware of your tongue, it is dangerous! It’s like a snake and so many people have been killed by their tongues.”