An excerpt from the lecture, ‘The Madinan Society: A Tafsir of Surat al-hujurat – Part 8‘
Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on Friday 20th May 2016 at Al Kawthar Academy, Leicester (UK)
In Islam there is no real distinction between physical attacks and verbal attacks. The concept of ‘sticks and stones may break bones, but words never hurt’ does not stand and we have always been taught that words can hurt as much as stones. Often a broken bone can be mended, but a broken heart can not as easily be fixed from hurtful words.
Some people may believe that as long as you do not hurt a person physically, you can say whatever you like to them; in their presence and their absence. We are now starting to see laws being developed to tackle hate crime and misogyny whereas Islam has dealt with these issues from the very beginning. Allah has instructed us to not defame ourselves, but what does this mean?
Find out in this excerpt what the verse “Do not defame yourselves” means and how we can avoid falling into this kind of behaviour.