Guarding the Tongue pdf english islamic book

Guarding the Tongue pdf english islamic book

All praise is for Allaah and may the peace and blessings be on His Final Messenger, his family
and those who follow him in goodness until the Day of Recompense. To Proceed:
Before you is a chapter from the great book Al-Adhkaar of the Imaam and great scholar of
the seventh century, Abu Zaakariyaa, Yahyaa Ibn Sharaf An-Nawawee, which we decided to
present as a book in itself due to the many benefits found in it. The chapter is entitled
“Hifdh-ul-Lisaan” or “Guarding the Tongue.”
The original source, Al-Adhkaar, is one of the prize works of Imaam An-Nawawee in which he
compiles and discusses the texts related to what is recommended and forbidden from
speech, focusing on adhkaar (words of remembrance) and ad’iyyah (supplications). In the
last part of the book, as he explains, Imaam An-Nawawee devotes a chapter to what is
forbidden and disliked from speech, such as backbiting, gossiping, and slander. So he brings
the evidences from the Qur’aan and Sunnah on the obligation of guarding the tongue from
evil speech.
In recent times, this great work was checked and verified by Shaikh Saleem Ibn ‘Eid AlHilaalee and printed in two volumes. In his verification, Shaikh Saleem provides a grading for
each hadeeth as well as a discussion into the reason for the hadeeth’s authenticity or
weakness. Due to our desire to make the E-Book a source of easy reading and benefit, we
have limited the verification of ahaadeeth to just the grade that Shaikh Saleem Al-Hilaalee
has provided and the references of the Hadeeth sources they can be found in, while
abridging his discussions of certain ahaadeeth in some places
We advise every sincere Muslim to read and benefit from the words of An-Nawawee on this
very important topic, which many Muslims are neglectful or unaware about. And we advise
them to reflect sincerely on the evidences so that they can beware of falling into sinful
speech. We hope that this treatise also helps to uplift doubts on the part of those who
consider backbiting and criticizing to be forbidden unconditionally, as Imaam An-Nawawee
explains the situations in which talking about someone in his absence is permissible, as well
as the proper guidelines for that.
Lastly, we ask Allaah to make this treatise serve as a source of knowledge for those unaware
about the rulings on guarding the tongue and likewise, that He make this a reminder for
those who know yet are neglectful.