MIND YOUR WORDS

Words are SINGULARLY the MOST POWERFUL FORCE available to humanity. We can CHOOSE to use this force CONSTRUCTIVELY with words of ENCOURAGEMENT, or DESTRUCTIVELY using words of DESPAIR. Words have ENERGY and POWER with the ABILITY to HELP, to HEAL, to HINDER, to HURT, to HARM, to HUMILIATE and to HUMBLE.”

 

WORDS are POWERFUL, and, WHEN USED WELL, they can INCITE PEOPLE to both GOOD and EVIL. They give those in POSITIONS of power, well, POWER – and LOTS OF IT. And, thanks to the Bill of Rights, specifically the very first item on it, people CAN SAY almost ANYTHING with PRESUMABLY NO CONSEQUENCES. This means when SOMEONE WITH INFLUENCE says SOMETHING PUBLICLY, it can have a HUGE IMPACT on SOCIETY. While everyone has the right to say whatever he or she wants, those with INFLUENCE OVER AUDIENCES have the responsibility to exercise their FREE SPEECH with VIGILANCE. While SPEECH can be, and is, used BENEVOLENTLY, it is also used NEFARIOUSLY. The MEDIA are NOT THE ONLY ones with this responsibility. Anybody who has influence over any number of people is AWARE of THE IMPACT of THEIR WORDS. Words MATTER, and saying certain things can HAVE UNFORESEEN CONSEQUENCES. The expression “BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR ” WASN’T ’t CREATED in a VACUUM. All in all, freedom of speech is a CONSIDERABLY LARGE POWER given to the PEOPLE. But never should you forget, With GREAT POWER comes GREAT RESPONSIBILITY. REMEMBER there is a VOICE that DOESN’T USE WORDS….LISTEN MORE and SPEAK LESS.

وعنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال‏:‏ ‏”‏إن العبد ليتكلم بالكلمة من  رضوان الله تعالى ما يُلقي لها بالا يرفعه الله بها درجات، وإن العبد  ليتكلم بالكلمة من سخط الله تعالى لا يُلقي لها بالا يَهوي بها في جهنم‏”
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Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “A man utters a word  pleasing to Allah without considering it of any significance for which  Allah exalts his ranks (in Jannah); another one speaks a word  displeasing to Allah without considering it of any importance, and for  this reason he will sink down into Hell.”

[Al-Bukhari].

Riyad as-Salihin
(The Book of the Prohibited actions)
Reference : Book 18, Hadith 5
Arabic/English book reference : Book 18, Hadith 1515

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