Wisdom before Tarawih: Don’t Swear

The holy days of Ramadan are passing away quickly. Indeed, this is the month of “Tawba” – Repentance in which one should fulfill oneself with as much faith and divine wisdom as possible. Why-because, during the year we have so little time to spend with religion and worshiping Allah, the Creator and Ruler of worlds.

One of the best moments in my life is praying Tarawih that is long “qiyam” – standing to pray Allah through listening the Quranic recitation of the imam in 8 rakats (8 blows). During the Tarawih prayer, the imam reads usually one or two hizbs from the Quran in a rhytmic manner that is called “Tilawwa”. This Tilawwa takes about 1.5 or 2 hours in the night, bowing-prostrating-and-standing up with concentrating on the Quran. The feeling of this peace and senseless body during standing are undescribable; none the less, it has a priceless reward from Allah. This is why the mosques everywhere are full of praying people at night.

This is why, the most of the imams seize the occasion to teach the mass of people till they are there waiting for the prayer. The lesson is divine and daily-life-related every time; for giving a correction to the mass of people, hoping that there is one or two who listen to it. Yesterday, for example, the imam told us about the sin of “insulting” each other or “swearing on God”.


Almost all country, city or group of friends insult each other differently; however, these insults are universal in one thing: they are offensive to the aimed person and are Haram for the person who cursed:

O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.

/Quran, Surat Al-Hujurat 11

Even if you were a Muslim and you want to insult a disbeliever, it is haram:

And do not insult those they invoke other than Allah , lest they insult Allah in enmity without knowledge. Thus We have made pleasing to every community their deeds. Then to their Lord is their return, and He will inform them about what they used to do.

/Quran, Al-Anam 108


And here is the guidance of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) about cursing:

Ibn Mas’ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) said, “A true believer is not involved in taunting, or frequently cursing (others) or in indecency or abusing.”


Overall, we Muslims are trying to follow the blessed manner of our Prophet and the right path of Allah, and such dirty thing as swearing to each other is unforgivable. Indeed, if one is swearing to God or by HIS name, it is a horrible disobediance.



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