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CHAPTER ON THE SPEECH OF SAYYIDINA RASULULLAH SALLA LAHU ALAYHI WA’ALE HI WASALLAM 

Hazrat Sheikh-ul Hadeeth Maulana Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhelwi (R.A.) explains; 

Three ahaadith are compiled in this chapter.   


(213) Hadith Number 1  

Sayyidina Aayeshah radiyallahu anha relates that the speech of Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam was not quick and continuous as that of yours. He spoke clearly, word for word. A person sitting in his company remembered what he said.   


Commentary

The speech of Sayyidina Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam was not of an abridged nature nor was it fast, that nothing could be understood. He spoke calmly and clearly, word for word. A person sitting by him remembered what he said.


(214) Hadith Number 2

Hasrat Anas ibn Maalik radiyallahu anhu says, “Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam (sometimes) repeated a word (as was necessary) thrice, so that his listeners understood well what he was saying”.  


Commentary

If what he was explaining was difficult or it was something that had to be given a thought, or if there were many people, he faced all three sides and repeated it to every side, so that those present understood well what he was said. Repeating a thing thrice was maximum. If saying a thing twice only sufficed, he only said it twice. 
    


(215) Hadith Number 3  

Imaam Hasan radiyallahu anhu says, “I asked my (maternal) uncle Hind ibn Abi Haalah, who always described the noble features of Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam to describe to me the manner in which Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam spoke. He replied that Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam was always worried (about the hereafter). And was always busy thinking (about the attributes of Allah (swt) and the betterment of the Ummah). Due to these things he was never free from thought and never rested (or because of worldly affairs he did not gain rest, but gained rest and contentment from religious well being. It is mentioned in the hadith that the coolness of my eyes is in salaah). He always spoke clearly from beginning to end. (He did not speak in a manner where only half sentences are spoken and the other half remained in the mind of the speaker, as is prevalent among snobbish high-minded and proud people). He spoke concisely, where the words are less and meaning more. (Mulla Ali Qaari has collected forty such ahaadith in his commentary which are very short. Those who wish may refer to it and memorise it). Every word was clearer than the previous one. There was no nonsensical talk, nor was there half-talks’ where the meaning was not complete and could not be grasped. He was not short-tempered, nor did he disgrace anyone. He always greatly appreciated the blessings of Allah (swt) even though it might be very small, he did not criticize it. Rasulullah Salla Lahu Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam did not criticize food, nor over-praised it (The reason for not criticizing food is clear, that it is a blessing from Allah (swt). The reason for not praising it is because it might be felt that one is greedy. Nevertheless, Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam praised food if it was to make someone happy, and sometimes praised some special things). Sayyidina Rasulullah Salla Lahu Alayhi Wa’ale Hi Wasallam was never angered for anything materialistic. (The reason being that he did not pay much attention, and did not care much about materialistic things).
If someone exceeded the limits in religious matters or against the truth, he became so angry that no one could endure it, nor could anybody stop it till he avenged it. If for some reason he made a gesture or pointed at something, he did it with a full hand. (The ulama say the reason being that it is against humbleness to point with one finger only. Some ulama say it was his noble habit to signal oneness of Allah (swt) with one finger, therefore did not signal anyone in that manner). When he was surprised by something he turned his hand, and when he spoke sometimes while talking, he moved his hands, he sometimes hit the palm of his right hand with the inside part of his left thumb. Salla Lahu Alayhi Wa’Ale Hi Wasallam. When he became angry with someone, he turned his face away from that person, and did not pay attention to that person or he forgave that person. When he was happy due to humility it seemed as if he had closed his eyes. The laugh of Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam was mostly a smile, at that moment his blessed - mubarak front teeth glittered like white shining hailstone. 
   


Commentary

This hadith is the remaining portion of the seventh hadith mentioned in the first chapter. Every sentence of it should be read carefully and one should try to emulate them as much as possible. Every action of Sayyidina Rasulullah salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam is complete in humbleness and etiquette. Sayyidina Hind ibn Abi Haalah radiyallahu anhu is a step brother of Sayyiditina Faatimah radiyallahu anha.
 

Studying Ash-Shaam-il  

The Speech of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam)  

The blessed speech of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) has been described in the narrations as being; brief, slow, eloquent, beautiful, clear and separate.

The blessed words of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) could be counted and were mainly to give instructions. The words were memorised and were often repeated three times. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) did not speak unless necessary.  

The Mannerisms of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) 

Hasrat Hind bin Abi Haalah (RA) was born from the first marriage of Sayyidina Khadijah (RA) and was therefore the step brother of Sayyidina Faatima (RA). Their hadith explains that the speech of Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was of concern for the Ummah and the Aakhirah. An example of this is a very famous narration in which Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) warns that ‘If you know what I know, you would laugh less and cry more’. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) would also reflect on the Majesty of Allah (swt). Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was always busy in something. This is why the scholars say that ‘when you end one worship, exhaust yourself in another’. The nature of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was easy to get along with, Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) had dignity and was not aloof. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) appreciated blessings and never spoke ill of food. Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) never showed anger unless to those who transgressed the limits as set by Allah (swt), never became angry for his own sake. The etiquettes of Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) was never to point at anyone as this is degrading, instead Rasululah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) would use his whole palm. When speaking, Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) would move his hand and as a habit would also put their left thumb against the right palm. In happiness, Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) would look down, and would show restrain and would be controlled in the same way in which we control grief. This was for the sake of Allah (swt). Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) smiled occasionally and never laughed loudly.   


Weight of our Words 

Allah (swt) Has given us one tongue and two ears therefore we should speak less and listen more. The scholars say we should treat our words like our work, as the two angels on our right and left shoulder are recording each and every word. We should reflect on the statement uttered in law, which is ‘you have the right to remain silent anything you say can and will be used…………’.  


Honour the gift of time 

Sayyidina Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) instructed us to find comfort in prayer. Rasulullah (salla lahu alayhi wa’ale hi wasallam) had no comfort, and the true believers have no comfort. If we have free time, we should go to Masjid. Hasrat Umar (RA) stated that ‘the worries come in proportion to the aspirations’. If we aspire for the Aakhirah – Hereafter, then we should always be concerned. We have no time to waste, we should invest all our time in doing good.