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Golden Advice and Insight for Those Who Transmit the Speech of Others

You shouldn't say (or repeat) everything you hear. You shouldn't say (or repeat) everything you hear, so that the magnification of Allah in your heart is greater than that which the soul wants (and desires). You heard something and you transmit it, O my brothers, it is a must that before we talk we must look, (verify and examine) our speech (or that which we are about to say). Is this speech true and did we hear this in truth? This is because now the youth have become the greatest of the Mudallisseen (those who leave out narrators in the chain between them and the one who made the statement or from another narrator higher in the chain and act like they hear it directly from either of the two). (They would say) so and so said (such and such) and if you research (the chain) you find that between them and the person (who made the statement) there are ten (unknown narrators). So it is a must that a person knows that verily, he has heard it for himself (directly) or that he has heard it through a proper way.

Next he has to make sure he properly understood this speech. This is because you will hardly find anyone who actually transmits speech with the exact wording that was used (by the one who made the statement). Rather, they would hear speech, change it to their words and then narrate it saying (for example), “By Allah, Sulaymaan Ar Ruhaylee has said such and such” but upon the way that he (i.e. the one who is narrating the speech has) understood it; but he would not transmit the actual expression (word for word).

Thirdly, you must fear Allah and look at the repercussions of this statement; are the repercussions going to be good or bad (etc). Is there in this speech that which would bring victory to Allah’s religion and the people of the Deen and the spreading of good; or is this speech going to produce evil fruit and bad repercussions?

Now we find that when there is no verification (on whether the statement was really said or not), and no confirmation on whether the statement was correctly understood or not and/or no fear of of Allah as relate to the repercussions (of transmitting this speech), that (these things have lead to) much evil. How many people who use to love each other are separated due to a narration that the one who transmitted it didn't verify or fear Allah as relates to the repercussions of this speech (and the affect it would have on their relationship). It is a must brothers, that we pay close attention to this (affair). Allah has everything that we say recorded. Everything that we say is recorded. So it is a must that -as much as we possibly can- to not (put) in our recorded record of our statements anything except for good that results in good.

Looking at the repercussions of our speech is important. There are few who excel in this (affair). Those who excel in this (affair) are few (in number). You may find one who verifies the statements (before he or she transmits them) or one who understands (the statements correctly before they transmit them) but it is rare that you’ll find one who looks into the repercussions of the speech (that he or she transmits) and what would be the result of this speech. So my advice O brothers is to refrain from this and look to the repercussions of a statement (if you want to transmit it). For by Allah, I know brothers in Madinah who were friends for twenty years upon the Sunnah and then somebody comes and conveys some speech from this one about that one and then the hearts become far from one another (i.e. the relationship is ruined). Thus, it is a must that we carefully look into this affair.