Islamic Virtues:Guarding One’s Tongue

Can you imagine how many sins are related to our tongue? Lying, back biting, slander, foul language,idle talk, hurting some one’s feelings, breaking some one’s heart…and so many more. That is why one of the important virtues of being a Muslim is guarding his tongue.
  • The Prophet (SAW) said:” Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day should say what is good or be silent.”

(Bukhari, Muslim)

Idle Talk

“O believers, remember Allah often; and glorify His praises morning and evening.”

(Al-Quran 33:41-42)

Islam wishes its followers to spend each and every minute of there life in Allah’s remembrance, so there is no time for idle talk which leads to many other sins.

  • Allah’s Apostle (SAW) said:”Allah is displeased by your meaningless chatter, your asking too many questions, and wasting money.”


  • Our Prophet (SAW) said:” Those who exaggerate will be ruined; those who exaggerate will be ruined; those who exaggerate will be ruined.”

(Muslim, Abu Dawood)

Foul Language:

  • Rasulullah (SAW) said:” A believer is not a habitual curser, insulter or one who is in the habit of using foul or obscene language.”


  • Abdullah Bin Umar (RAU) narrates that Rasulullah (SAW) said:” He in who there are four qualities is a total munaafiq. He in who there is one of these qualities, has in him a quality of nifaaq. [This nifaaq remains in him] until he shuns it. When he is trusted, he misappropriates; when he speaks, he lies; when he pledges, he betrays and when he disputes, he becomes abusive. ”

[Bukhari, Muslim]

Back Biting/ Slander:

  • The Prophet (SAW) said to his companions:” Do you know what back biting is?” ‘Allah and His Messenger know best,’ they replied. “Back  biting is to say anything about your brother (behind his back) that he would not like,” he explained. Someone asked, ‘But what if he is as I say?’ The Prophet (SAW) replied,” if he is as you say, then you are guilty of back biting, and if he is not, you are guilty of slander.”



  • Abdullah bin Mas`ud (RAU) reported: The Prophet (SAW) said, ”Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is enrolled with Allah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar”.’

[Agreed upon].