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Aisha, Allah be pleased with her, states, 'When the Messenger, May Allah bless him and grant him peace, spoke it was clear and every listening person could understand (what he said).'

Communication is a necessary on a daily basis. Effective communication helps improve relationships between family, friends and co-workers. It helps deepen your connections to improve teamwork. Grievances can be shared without creating conflict or breaking down trust. A combination of verbal and non-verbal communication makes it easier to reach out to a person.

Making eye contact while talking is the first way to reach out to your listener. Speaking slowly and clearly allows people to understand what you are trying to communicate. Gentle gestures and short simple sentences helps put your listeners at ease and helps them understand you better. The Prophet (peace be upon him) would repeat his statements 3 times so that everyone could understand him clearly:
Anas, May Allah be pleased with him, stated that, 'When the Prophet. May Allah bless him and grant him peace, would talk, he repeated it (that which he said) three times so that it could be understood.'

The purity and eloquence of the Prophets (peace be upon him) speech made him the best of speakers. His astonishing wisdom and judgement gave him the ability to constantly guide us with his sound advice on all matters big and small.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) did not draw out his words to lengthen his speech. He spoke with such clarity that anyone would understand. Speaking too fast or too quietly will confuse your listener. His words were very precise that if anyone wanted to count his words they could have.
Uqba bin Aamir (may Allah be pleased with him) states that, I said: “O Prophet of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) what is salvation? The Messenger of Allah (may Alah bless him and grant him peaces) said that, “To save ones tongue from evil talk.” (Tirmidhi)”

The lesson to be learnt from this is that we should not talk for the sake of talking. We should always have something important to say or else silence is better, but don’t be silent when you are required to talk. Thinking and constructing a sentence in your mind before saying it out loud helps unnecessary dialogues and misunderstandings.

Beware for lies and false talks. Creating friction between 2 people with lies could break trusts and eventually affect the whole community. Asking too many questions and matters that do not concern us should be left aside. Raising your voice, abusing and swearing create further drifts in your relationships.
The Messenger of Allah (may Allah bless him and grant him peace) said that: “No two shall exchange whispers in the presence of a third person.” (Abu Dawud in Adab)

Talking secretively in presence of others makes them feel that you are talking about them. Whispers are usually secret which someone might have entrusted you with. In this case they shouldn’t be shared around with anyone.

“Be modest in thy bearing and subdue thy voice. Lo! The harshest of all voices is the voice of the ass” (31:19)
"He who holds on firmly to my Sunnah at a time when my Ummah are (grovelling) in corruption will receive a reward of a hundred martyrs."

Abu Hurayrah rahimahullah reported that Allah’s messenger sallalaahu ‘alayhi was sallam said: “When a human being dies, all of his deeds are terminated except for three types: an ongoing sadaqah, a knowledge(of Islaam) from which others benefit, and a righteous child who makes du’aa for him.” (Muslim and others)




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