In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

The Messenger [sallal-laahu alayhi wasallam] said: [مَنْ صَمَتَ نجا – The one who keeps quiet is saved]. [Ref 1]

Ibn Abdil Barr [rahimahullaah] said: Utterance of good, such as remembrance of Allaah, recitation of the Qur’aan and righteous deeds is better than silence, and likewise truthful speech, bringing about reconciliation between the people and what is similar, rather praiseworthy silence is that one refrains from uttering falsehood. [Ref 2]

Ibn Aqeel [rahimahullaah] said: ‘’If the truthful ones were to keep quiet and the falsifiers speak, then the creation would have relinquished what they have witnessed [of truth] and reject what they have not witnessed.  So, when the devout ones desire to revive the Sunnah, the people would reject it and think that it is bidah’’. [Ref 3]

Ibnul Akwaa [rahimahullaah] came to Rabee Bin Khuthaym [rahimahullaah] and said, ‘’Refer me to one who is better than you; he [Rabee] said, ‘The one whose speech is a reminder for himself; his silence is [so that he can] think and his destination [in the aakhirah is a reason] for reflection.  He [i.e. this type of person] is better than me’’’. [Ref 4]

Fudayl Ibn Iyaad [rahimahullaah] said, ‘’Neither hajj nor taking up positions during battle, nor Jihaad is more difficult than restraining the tongue’’. [Ref 5]

Al-Hasan Bin Saaleh [rahimahullaah] said, ‘’I scrutinised Al-Wara -[i.e. the fear one should have in order to refrain from entering into doubtful matters and thus leads to harm in the afterlife] – thoroughly and did it find it more lacking in anything than the tongue”. [Ref 6]

[Ref 1: Reported by At-Tirmidhee. Number  2501. Declared Saheeh By Imaam Al Albaani (rahimahullaah) in Saheeh Sunan At-Tirmidhee)]

[Ref 2: At-Tamheed. 22/20. Slightly paraphrased]

[Ref 3: Shifaa As-Sudoor Fee Ziyaaratil Mashaahid Wal-Quboor page: 148]

[Ref 4: Siyah A’laam An-Nubulaa: 4/261]

[Ref 5: Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam’ page 145]

[Ref 6: Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa: 7/368]

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