Hadith on Speech: Restrain your tongue except for good words

Al-Bara’ reported: A bedouin came and he said, “O Prophet of Allah, teach me a deed that will admit me into Paradise.” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Although you have expressed it in few words, the matter is broad. Emancipate an individual. Free a slave.” The man said, “Are they not the same?” The Prophet said, “No, emancipating an individual is that you emancipate him yourself, and freeing a slave is that you help someone else free him. Lend a healthy animal to be milked, and treat your relatives well. If you cannot do that, enjoin good and forbid evil. If you cannot do that, hold back your tongue except to say good words.”

Source: al-Adab al-Mufrad 69

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنِ الْبَرَاءِ قَالَ جَاءَ أَعْرَابِيٌّ فَقَالَ يَا نَبِيَّ اللَّهِ عَلِّمْنِي عَمَلا يُدْخِلُنِي الْجَنَّةَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَئِنْ كُنْتَ أَقَصَرْتَ الْخُطْبَةَ لَقَدْ أَعْرَضْتَ الْمَسْأَلَةَ أَعْتِقِ النَّسَمَةَ وَفُكَّ الرَّقَبَةَ قَالَ أَوَ لَيْسَتَا وَاحِدًا قَالَ لا عِتْقُ النَّسَمَةِ أَنْ تَعْتِقَ النَّسَمَةَ وَفَكُّ الرَّقَبَةِ أَنْ تُعِينَ عَلَى الرَّقَبَةِ وَالْمَنِيحَةُ الرَّغُوبُ وَالْفَيْءُ عَلَى ذِي الرَّحِمِ فَإِنْ لَمْ تُطِقْ ذَلِكَ فَأْمُرْ بِالْمَعْرُوفِ وَانْهَ عَنِ الْمُنْكَرِ فَإِنْ لَمْ تُطِقْ ذَلِكَ فَكُفَّ لِسَانَكَ إِلا مِنْ خَيْرٍ

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