|Imam Zijad’s Corner: Reminders about Importance of Communication in Islam
Islam textual references remind us of a number of important aspects related to the concept of communication and ways we communicate with others in all our relationships.
First of all, Muslims must always remember, without a doubt, that they are servants of Allah, created by Him, and given the ability to communicate intelligently: Allah tells us in the Qur’an, “Allah, Most Gracious! It is He who taught the Qur’an; He has created man; He has taught him speech (and has given him intelligence).” (55:1-4)
Secondly, we also must remind ourselves often that we will account for every good and bad thing that we say. We will be rewarded for our good words, and we will be reprimanded for every bad word that we say. Almighty Allah cautions us: “Not a word does he/she utter, but there is a watcher by him/her ready (to record it).” (50:18)
Further, the Quran directs its followers towards effective communication skills and that they, for their own sake and the sake of others, need to apply some of these skills in their lives.
a. “Invite people to the way of your Lord with wisdom and counsel. And argue with them in the best of manners.” (16:125)
b. “So (Prophet) it is through mercy from Allah that you are gentle to them. Had you been rough and hard-hearted they would have from around you (will not listen to you). So, pardon them and seek forgiveness for them.” (3:159)
c. “Good and evil are not equal. Repel evil with what is best and you will see the one you had mutual enmity with him will turn as if he were a close friend.” (41:34)
Likewise, the Messenger (pbuh) warned us about the way we use our tongue. It was reported that Sufyan b. Abdullah asked the Messenger (pbuh): O Messenger of Allah, what do you fear most for me? Thereupon he (Muhammad) took hold of his tongue and said “this.” (Tirmithi)