Introduction

In this course, you will learn the importance of protecting oneself from a harmful speech before critically examining sixty cases of religiously harmful or dangerous speech, with practical day-to-day applications and references from the Prophet’s own teaching and practice. The course closes with a discussion on positive speech, as exemplified in the conduct of Prophet Muhammad (Allah bless him and give him peace).

What You Will Learn:

  • The importance of holding one’s tongue
  • The issues related to sixty key aspects of holding one’s tongue
  • Key hadith encouraging restraining one’s tongue
  • How to maintain positive speech

About the Course Text

This course is based on the discussion on “The Pitfalls of the Tongue” from al-Tariqa al-Muhammadiyya (The Path of Muhammad) a classic manual of Muslim practice by the famed Ottoman scholar Imam Muhammad al-Birgivi. This sacred legal masterpiece focuses on the method and practice of attaining mindfulness (taqwa) through the application of the Qur’an and Sunna. Critically, this work contains extensive discussions of the destructive qualities of the various limbs — the heart, tongue, ears, genitals, eyes, and sins associated from the whole body.

“Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward”– The Prophet (Peace and Blessings Be Upon Him)