18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

At the Hands of Their Tongues

Rasul 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 giving any thought to its consequences. Anything is fair game for them - the Sahabah, Allah’s Laws (Shariah), ordinary Muslims, Mujahideen. They liberally slaughter them at the hands of their tongues.

Keep in mind that Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) was warning Muslims with this hadith. This is because often a Kaafir will not dare to say what a Munafiq will casually utter confident of impugnity.

But Allah’s appointed angels keep track of every word uttered against Abu Bakr (radi Allahu anhu), Aisha (radi Allahu anha), Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu), Umar (radi Allahu anhu), Uthman (radi Allahu anhu) and everybody else near and dear to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Those who criticize Allah’s laws as “backward” or “excessive” need to think about whether they would dare to say this to Allah on the Day of Judgement, because their words will be played, audio and video, for all to see, when they stand before Him on that frightful Day.

In a gathering of doctors no layman dares to say what a patient’s diagnosis and treatment should be. Nor would such a person be paid any attention. Then why is it that when it comes to Islam, every Islamically illiterate person feels that they have the right to spout their opinion?

A person may plant a seed and then leave to come back years later to find that it has become a deeply rooted, gigantic, tree. When you plant a seed of doubt in Islam - in the Prophethood of Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam), in the authority of his Sunnah, or in the integrity of his Sahabah - in people’s minds, then don’t be surprised if this seed becomes a tree of corruption, a tree of Kufr, and a lifetime of wrong-doing. Then don’t be surprised if this tree causes you to be thrown on your face into Jahannum.

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