A very beautiful statement of Umar ibn Al-Khattab (rtam) as narrated by Malik ibn Deenar is: “Whoever talks too much, makes too many mistakes…”
The idea here is that in the past, there was only one way of expressing yourself – through your tongue and maybe through writing letters or poetry. Back then, they used to have very few ways to express themselves.
Now, however, all of a sudden we are able to express ourselves in so many different ways: you can express yourself through your tongue, through text message, through email, Facebook or Twitter or whatever else it may be. You have all of these ‘tongues’ with which you can express yourself. Hence, the possibility of committing a sin or making a mistake becomes much greater, and the reward for practicing silence also becomes much greater. It is very easy to get ourselves in a lot of trouble now. Everything get preserved, right? Subhan’Allah, the danger of making those mistakes becomes even greater because they are enshrined. You are stuck with the burden of responsibility of the words you say, write or type. All of a sudden, the Ahadeeth, in which the Prophet (sa) talks about practicing silence, become even more relevant. I am not talking just about going off on somebody, responding to a comment or backbiting – I am talking about everything.
The Prophet (sa) said: “The people whom I hate the most and who are the farthest from me on the Day of Judgement are those who talk uselessly, those who put down others, and those who show off when they talk.” (At-Tirmidhi)
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