Two noble qualities

Two noble qualities

It is reported that the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said to Abu Dharr (May Allah be pleased with him)

“O Abu Dharr, shall I not tell you of two qualities which are easy to attain, and which will weigh the most heaviest on the balance (on the Day of Judgement)?” He said, “Of course, O Messenger of Allah.” He(saw) said, “You should have a good attitude towards others and remain silent for lengthy periods. By the One in Whose hand lies my soul, nothing that people have ever attained is better than these two.”

[At-Tabarani]

Explanation

By remaining silent for lengthy periods a person is able to safeguard themselves from many sins of the tongue, such as backbiting, slandering, lying, gossiping etc… Moreover by remaining silent a person is able to do Tafakkur (Reflect and contemplate) over the purpose of their existence, the purpose of their creation etc… Allah(swt) instructs mankind in many places in the Qur’an to contemplate and reflect over creation, the alternation of the night and day, the heavens, the earth etc… One who is constantly engaged in conversation is not able to do this, and that’s why Rasullullah(saw) said “nothing that people have ever attained is better than these two.” i.e. good manners and adopting silence for lengthy periods.

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