Chapter on the Speech of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam


Bismillah

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باب كيف كان كلام رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

عن عائشة رضي الله عنها قالت: ما كان رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يسرد كسردكم هذا و لكنه كان يتكلم بكلام بين فصل يحفظه من جلس إليه

(حديث صحيح)

Chapter on the Speech of Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

‘Aishah radhiallahu ‘anha is reported to have said: “The speech of Rasulallah salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was not quick and continuous like yours. He spoke clearly, word for word. Those who sat with him remembered (literally: memorized) what he said.” (Bukhari, Muslim, Abu Dawud in the Book of Knowledge)

Benefits from the hadith:

1- The Arabic word يسرد here means to speak continuously without a pause between sentences and words. 

2- According to other Sahabah, Rasulallah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam would stay quiet more often than he would speak and would speak only if necessary. In another hadith, ‘Aishah radhiallahu ‘anha says that the speech of Rasulallah salallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam was such that his words could be counted, i.e. his speech was limited and to the point.

3- An Arabic proverb says, خير الكلام ما قل و دل the best of speech is that which is short and to the point. This is so apparent in the depth of the Arabic language… just a few words go a long way in meaning. Plus there’s something extremely beautiful, effective and powerful about simple sentences, ESPECIALLY in Arabic. 

4- The characteristic of slow, clear speech is important for people in positions of authority, such as teachers, parents and leaders. 

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)

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