Earn Great Success by Using Your Tongue Correctly – Mufti Menk (يَـٰٓأَيُّهَا ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ ٱتَّقُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ) (QS Al-Ahzab: 70) (وَقُولُوا۟ قَوْلًۭا سَدِيدًۭا) Nobody realizes how powerful that verse is, until you analyze it.
At marriage you hear the verse because you are about to take somebody’s daughter, you’re about to live with somebody’s son. Watch how you talk. Allah is saying, O you who believe! Be conscious of the one who created you in the first place and who provides for you.
That is a Rabb, Rabbun, the one who provides, sustains, nourishes, cherishes, etc. Be conscious of Him at all times. You are brothers and sisters, no matter how different you might think you are today, you are brothers and sisters from one mother and one father.
No matter how different you might think you are, you are brothers and sisters. Watch how you talk to each other. Allah says, “O you who believe, be conscious of your maker and only utter that which is upright.
” You know what is “(سديد)”? “Straight”, straight speech. That which is not hurtful, abusive, vulgar, false, deception, backbiting, slander. All that is included in the warning here. Allah says, “(قُولُوا۟ قَوْلًۭا سَدِيدًۭا)”.
But then the verse doesn’t stop there. The verse continues to say, (QS Al-Ahzab: 71) (يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَـٰلَكُمْ وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ) Allah is saying, “If you say only good words from your mouth, We will make your deeds acceptable.
” That means if you say bad words, your deeds will not be acceptable. That’s what it means. You say bad words, your good deeds will go to the person whom you’ve wronged with your tongue. That’s what it is.
So we need to be careful my brothers and sisters. Allah says, when you say straight words, when you say upright words. (يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَـٰلَكُمْ) Then your deeds will become acceptable, will make you good deed.
My brothers and sisters, I call on myself and yourselves, “Watch how you speak.” Be respectful, become a better person no matter who you are, say nice things, stop swearing, stop abusing, stop the vulgar words, don’t oppress people with your tongue.
When you express difference, do it so respectfully. You will enter Jannatul Firdaus, a guarantee from Allah. Guaranteed. (مَنْ يَضْمَنْ لِي مَا بيْنَ لَحْيَيْهِ وَمَا بيْنَ رِجْلَيْهِ أضْمنْ لهُ الجَنَّة) The prophet (ﷺ) says, “Whoever guarantees me two things, I guarantee him Jannah.
What is the guarantee? Whoever guarantees me the correct use of their tongue and their private parts, I guarantee him Jannah.” SubhanAllah. It sounds nice and easy, it’s a lifetime of a challenge, Subhana Rabbiyal A’la.
May Allah guide us and grant us. The organs Allah gave you, the idea is to be in control, discipline, self-control, that’s what Islam is all about. You don’t just use it as you want, you use it as Allah wants.
If you use your private parts in the wrong way, you get a sin. That’s why if you use it in the right way, you get such a great reward. It’s considered a charity to be intimate with your spouse. Imagine.
But we don’t realize, so Allah says, (يُصْلِحْ لَكُمْ أَعْمَـٰلَكُم) And on top of that, (وَيَغْفِرْ لَكُمْ ذُنُوبَكُمْ ۗ) Your sins will be forgiven only by using your tongue correctly.
SubhanAllah. Have you thought of that? That means if you don’t use your tongue correctly, your sins will accumulate, they will be gathering, increasing because you have not used your tongue correctly.
So Allah says, when you use it right, We do for you two things and We give you good news of a third thing. The two things Allah does for you, when you use your tongue in the most respectful way is that He actually forgives your sins and He makes your good deeds acceptable.
SubhanAllah. And on top of that you know what He says? (QS Al-Ahzab: 71) (وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُۥ فَقَدْ فَازَ فَوْزًا عَظِيمًا) “Whoever follows Allah and His Messenger, has definitely succeeded a great success.
” You want great success? The verse starts off by saying watch your tongue. Look at how you talk to people.