We all have our
weaknesses. A category of them relates to our fellow brethren
and at times are a result of loose talk. More often than not
these weaknesses are exposed in our conversations with one
another. Without giving much time to reflect we often end up
uttering unethical remarks, sweeping statements and harsh
words that hurt others. A cultured and considerate person
always weighs his intent before he speaks out. If this
restraint is practiced, we may perhaps remain silent most of
the time and speak only when we have something positive in our
In Surah Hujurat,
the Almighty has alluded to some very common bad habits in
this regard. We need to gradually eliminate these from our
lives. This issue consists of the exegesis of this surah
authored by Amin Ahsan Islahi (d. 1997), a celebrated
authority of the Qur’an from the sub-continent.
Making fun of
one another as a means to demean and belittle the person
targeted is very common in our gatherings. It is so very
unbecoming of us to do so.
Another trait of
our gatherings is to insult and censure someone. This smacks
of arrogance and its bite can truly be felt if the person
guilty of it is subjected to it.
another by derogatory names is also a means of ridicule. These
names are mostly attributed keeping in view a God-given
deficiency of a person over which he has no control.
Similar is the
case of being overly speculative and prying in the affairs of
others. It shows that a person is more interested in finding
the faults of others rather than analyzing his own.
perhaps the trademark of most group talks. It is a heinous
wrong that we shamelessly indulge in.
Let us make a
commitment to ourselves to persistently try to root out these
wrongs from our lives.