​Sayings of Rasulullah ﷺ on Guarding Ones Tongue

(From the book of Imaam An-Nawawee Guarding Your Tongue, Chapter 1: Guard Your Tongue, Page 6-26)

The following are some of the sayings of Prophet ﷺ  that warns and encourage an individual in guarding the tongue from any use other than speaking:

1.   The tongue controlls all the actions that draw to Paradise and keeps one away from Hell Fire

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khurdee radiyAllahu anhu reported that Prophet said:

“When the son of Adam awakes from his sleep, all of his body parts seek refuge from his tongue, saying: ‘Fear Allah with regard to us, for indeed we are part of you. So if you are upright, then we will be upright and if you are corrupt, then we shall be corrupt.”


Abu Hurayrah radiyallahu anhu reported that the Prophet  ﷺ said:

“Indeed, the servant will speak words that are pleasing to Allah, due to which he will be given a condition in which Allah will raise him many levels. And indeed, the servant will speak words that are displeasing to Allah, due to which he will not be given a good condition, but (instead) be thrown into the Hellfire.”


2.   Guarding the believers tongue is a means of his entering Paradise

Sahl bin Sa’ad radiyAllahu anhu reported that Allah’s Messenger  ﷺ said:

“Whoever can guarantee for me ( that he will guard) what is between his jaws (tongue) and what is between his legs (private parts), I will guarantee for him Paradise.”


3.   Guarding the tongue is a sign of steadfastness and an indication of the best of the Muslims 

Sufyaan bin ‘Abdillaah radiyAllahu anhu reported that he said:

“O Messenger of Allaah, tell me of a matter that I may hold fast onto.”

He said: “Say: ‘Allah is my Lord’, and then remain steadfast (on that).”

I said:  ‘O Messenger of Allah, what is the most serious thing that a I should fear for myself?”

So he took hold of his tongue and said: “This.”


Abu Moosa Al-Ash’ree reported:

I said: “O Messenger of Allah! Which of the Muslims is best?”

He resoponded:  “He whose tongue and hand the Muslims are safer from.”

[Bukharee & Muslim]


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