Friday sermon: The importance of face-to-face communicationABU DHABI // Speak positively, avoid gossiping and always give people your full attention when they are talking, Friday’s sermon will remind worshippers.
The importance of speaking kindly of others has been stressed in Islam through the Quran and the Prophet Mohammed’s Hadiths.
“Allah described His book (the Quran) as the best of speech due to the effects kind speech leaves in hearts and souls,” the sermon will say.
A verse from the Quran describes its words saying: “Allah hath (now) revealed the fairest of statements, a Scripture consistent, (wherein promises of reward are) paired (with threats of punishment), whereat doth creep the flesh of those who fear their Lord, so that their flesh and their hearts soften to Allah’s reminder.”
Speaking positively has a bearing on one’s own ethics and performance, the sermon will continue.
It will cite a verse where Allah orders people to choose their words carefully: “Tell My bondmen to speak that which is kindlier.”
“Guard your duty to Allah, and speak words straight to the point,” says another verse.
Positive words “gather hearts and push away hatred”, continues the sermon, “men are rated based on words spoken by them”.
Gossip and idle talk leads to people backstabbing one another and is a waste of time, the sermon says.
The Quran described true believers as those “who shun vain conversation”.
The sermon also stresses good manners in gatherings where people are talking. “Your phone should not be used when people are listening,” it will say.
The Prophet Mohammed spoke face to face with people, making direct eye contact with them and listening to what they had to say until they had finished, the sermon will conclude.