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Use of Foreign Words in Conversation (Ahadith 2701 – 2703)


Volume 4, Book 52, Number 304 :
Narrated by Jabir bin Abdullah (radiallaahu `anhu)
I said, “O Allah’s Apostle! We have slaughtered a young sheep of ours and have ground one Sa` of barley. So, I invite you along with some persons.” So, the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said in a loud voice, “O the people of the Trench! Jabir had prepared “Sur” so come along.”

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 305 :
Narrated by Um Khalid (the daughter of Khalid bin Said) (radiallaahu `anhumaa)
I went to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) with my father and I was nearing a yellow shirt. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said, “Sanah, Sanah!” (‘Abdullah, the narrator, said that ‘Sanah’ meant ‘good’ in the Ethiopian language). I then started playing with the seal of Prophethood (in between the Prophet’s shoulders) and my father rebuked me harshly for that. Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said. “Leave her,” and then Allah’s Apostle (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) (invoked Allah to grant me a long life) by saying (thrice), “Wear this dress till it is worn out and then wear it till it is worn out, and then wear it till it is worn out.” (The narrator adds, “It is said that she lived for a long period, wearing that (yellow) dress till its color became dark because of long wear.”)

Volume 4, Book 52, Number 306 :
Narrated by Abu Huraira (radiallaahu `anhu)
Al-Hasan bin ‘Ali (radiallaahu `anhumaa) took a date from the dates of the Sadaqa and put it in his mouth. The Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) said (to him) in Persian, “Kakh, kakh! (i.e. Don’t you know that we do not eat the Sadaqa (i.e. what is given in charity) (charity is the dirt of the people)).”


There you go, it’s cool to use words from a foreign language in you daily conversation. We already do that though, don’t we? Pakistanis speak a mixture of English and Urdu like it’s a whole new language (LOL), a number of French, Latin, Italian and other words have been added to the English language already, and let’s not even get started on the ‘internet language’. Hmm.

Hadith No. 29 – Sahih al-Bukhari



Ignorance is a state of being uninformed (lack of knowledge).

Jahiliyyah (Arabic: جاهلية) is an Islamic concept of “ignorance of divine guidance” or “the state of ignorance of the guidance from God” or “Days of Ignorance” referring to the condition Arabs found themselves in pre-Islamic Arabia, i.e. prior to the revelation of the Qur’an to Muhammad. By extension it means the state of anyone not following Islam and the Qur’an.

[Source: Wikipedia]

Volume 1, Book 2, Number 29:

Narrated Al-Ma’rur:

At Ar-Rabadha I met Abu Dhar who was wearing a cloak, and his slave, too, was wearing a similar one. I asked about the reason for it. He replied, “I abused a person by calling his mother with bad names.” The Prophet said to me, ‘O Abu Dhar! Did you abuse him by calling his mother with bad names? You still have some characteristics of ignorance. Your slaves are your brothers and Allah has put them under your command. So whoever has a brother under his command should feed him of what he eats and dress him of what he wears. Do not ask them (slaves) to do things beyond their capacity (power) and if you do so, then help them.’

Did you know how Abu Dhar had abused his slave? By calling him ‘son of a black woman’. For an average person today, this might not even sound abusive. We use much worse language, don’t we?

Even our language represents our Deen. The kinds of words we use, and our way of talking. Everything counts.

Two definitions are given on the top. Ignorance, generally, is lack of knowledge. But when we talk about the term ‘Jahiliyyah’, it refers to ignorance from Islam.

So, abusive language can only be expected from a person who lacks knowledge of Islam. We have enough, Alhamdulillah. Enough to know that we’re Muslims. We should show it as well. =)


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