Monday, March 28, 2011

Speak with Good Words

"And speak to people with good words.”
[Al-Baqarah: 83]

An Exclusive Translation for Sisters Upon Al-Istiqaamah
Islam teaches Muslims to be polite and courteous.
Allaah, the Most High, said:
“And speak to people with good words.” [Al-Baqarah: 83]
‘Ataa, a classical scholar of Islam (d. 120H/739), said in explanation of this verse:
“(Be polite when speaking) to all people.”[i] Tafseer at-Tabaree (This narration has a sound chain)
This is further emphasised by the Prophetic tradition where Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) instructed one of his noble companions upon sending a delegation to the Christians of Yemen:
“Fear Allah wherever you are. Follow up a bad deed with a good deed and it will wipe it away; and deal with the people in a good manner.”[ii] At-Tirmidhi (This hadeeth is hasan)
“Allah does not forbid you to deal justly and kindly with those who fought not against you on account of religion and did not drive you out of your homes. Verily, Allah loves those who deal with equity.” [Al-Mumtahinah: 8]

[i] Tafseer at-Tabari, V. 1/ p.452, Daar Ihyaa at-Turaath Al-‘Arabee, Lebanon, 2001.
[ii] Saheeh Sunan at-Tirmidhee, V. 2/p. 373, Maktabatul Ma’aarif, Riyadh, 2002.
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