" I have met people here in Madinah who had no faults of their own, but who spoke about other people's faults, so people found fault with them. I also met here those with many faults but who kept quiet about other people's fault, so other people kept quiet about theirs. "
Imam Shafi rh.a said,"When one wishes to speak, one must first reflect, and if there is a clear interest to be served by speaking, one speaks, while if one doubts it, one remains silent until the advantage becomes apparent."
(Kitab al Adhkar- Nawawi)
It is reported that Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī - Allāh have mercy on him - said:
Verily, you will find the believer (muʾmin) consistent time after time, upon one way, showing the same face; [whereas] you will find the hypocrite (munāfiq) changing colors, trying to be like everyone around him, running with every wind.
Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir Al-ʿIlm #1936
It is reported that Imām Al-Shāfʿee - Allāh have mercy on him - said, The loftiest in status are those who do not know their own status, and the most virtuous of them are those who do not know their own virtue.
'Umar b. Al-Khattāb once entered upon Abū Bakr - Allāh be pleased with them both - and found him pulling at his tongue. He said, "Oh, what are you doing?" Abū Bakr replied, "It is this (i.e my speech) that has brought me so much trouble."
It is reported that 'Umar b. Al-Khattāb - Allāh be pleased with him - said:
Do not be impressed by the twitter of an individual. But one who fulfils his duty and trust, and refrains from [transgressing against] the honor of people is the real man.
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