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Is there any hadith about people who talk more or who talk less? I am a person who doesn't talk that much but in Islam it's considered a good thing to meet with other muslims. I kind of feel inadequate because I'm not as social as others to whom meeting with others comes easily. Anybody know of any hadiths on this topic?

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The Holy Prophet Muhammad describes the believer in his sermon:"Blessed is he who earns his living through lawful ways and he whose inward status is good, outward is decent; spends his surplus wealth in charity; abstains from excessive talking; people remain safe of (any) evil from him; he treats others with justice. Surely whoever believes in Allah fears Him, and whoever fears Allah guards himself against the evils of this world.

Prophet Isa (A) has said that you should think of your words like gold and find the right time to say what need be, as you would find the right thing to spend your gold on.

Imam Husain (A) has said that you should never begin a conversation without first saying Salaam to the person.

The Holy Prophet said: "Shall I not introduce 'a believer' to you? A believer is the one whom other believers trust with their souls and wealth. Shall I not introduce 'a Muslim' to you? A Muslim is the one from whose hand and tongue other Muslims are safe.... It is unlawful (Haram) for a believer to do wrong against another believer, or leave him/her in a lurch, or backbite against him/her, or suddenly reject him/her." [Al Kafi]

Imam Ali (as) on the characteristics of the pious: They possess pre-eminence and excellence because they always speak truthfully, rightly and to the point... He never indulges in loose talks... He does not slander anybody.

Imam Muhammad Baqir [a] told Jabir: "Is it enough for a person to (merely) embellish (oneself) as a Shi'ah (follower) by professing love of us, Ahlul-Bayt? Nay! By Allah, a person is not our follower except the one who fears Allah and obeys Him. O' Jabir! Our followers are not recognized save by humility; submission; honesty; praising Allah abundantly; fasting and prayers; filial devotion; attending to the poor, needy, debtors, and orphans who live near him; saying the truth; reciting the Qur'an; withholding the tongue from people except for benediction; and being trustworthy for relatives in any affairs..." Al-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 74

Sulayman-ibn-Mahran said that he visited Imam Sadiq [a] while some of the followers (Shi'ah) were attending him [a] and he heard that the Imam [a], addressing them, said: "(Behave) to be as ornaments for us and not to be against us as shame. Tell people of goodness, and protect your tongues and hold it from excessive talk and offensive speech." Al-Amali, by Saduq, p. 142

The Holy Prophet said: "Affliction caused by the tongue is worse than (that caused by) the strike of the blade of a sword." Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 71, p. 286

The Holy Prophet said: "Among all things, the tongue deserves to be prisoned longer than anything else." (Because most of our sins are committed by it, such as backbiting, telling lies, defaming, mocking, insulting, etc.) Bihar-uI-Anwar vol. 71, p. 277

Imam Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Ali [a] said: "Do contemplate before speaking so that you may guard yourself from (committing) errs." Ghurar-uI-Hikam, p. 228

The Holy Prophet said: "The destruction of man lies in three (things): his stomach, his lusts, and his tongue." Waqayi'-ul-'Ayyam, p. 297

Imam Baqir, the fifth Imam, [a] said: "No one is safe from sins unless the one controls his/her tongue." Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 78, p. 178

Hope that helps.


More related to talking:

The Holy Prophet said: "Slander acts quicker against the faith of a Muslim believer than leprosy does against his body." Usul-I-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 257

Imam Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Mi [a] said: "The listener to backbiting is the same as the backbiter." Ghurar-ul-Hikam, p. 307

The Holy Prophet said: "The abandoning of backbiting is more valuable to Allah, Almighty and Glorious, than the performance of ten thousand rak'at of recommended prayers."Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 75, p. 261

'Abd-ul-Mu'min-il-Ansari said that once he himself arrived in the presence of Imam Abil-Hassan Musa ibn Ja'far [a] where Abdillah-il-Ja'fari had attended and Abdul-Mu'min smiled at him. Then he [a] inquired whether Abdul-Mu'min liked Abdillah Al-Ja'fari when he replied to the Imam [a] that he did not like him ('Abdillah) but on his account (the seventh Imam). Then Imam [a] said: "He is your brother, and a Muslim believer is the brother of another Muslim believer though their fathers are not the same. Hence, cursed is he who accuses his (Muslim) brother, cursed is he who deceives his (Muslim) brother, cursed is he who does not advise his (Muslim) brother, and cursed is he who slanders his (Muslim) brother." Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 75, p. 262

On Lying:

'Anas-ibn-Mlaik narrates from the Messenger of Allah who said: "Accept six things from me, then I will accept (and guarantee) the entrance of Heaven for you:

  1. When you speak, tell no lies.
  2. When you promise, do not break it.
  3. When you are trusted (by others), be honest.
  4. Lower your eyes (from committing sin).
  5. Guard your modesty.
  6. Hold your hands and tongues." Khisal-i-Saduq, p. 321

Imam Abi-Muhammad-al-'Askari, the eleventh Imam, [a] said: "Wickedness was put inside a house, and the key (of its door) was rendered to be lies." Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 72, p. 263

Imam Sajjad [a] said: "Avoid telling lies irrespective of small or great, whether it is in earnest or joking, because when a person tells a lie in small (things), he dares to tell a lie in great things, too." Tuhaful-Uqul, p. 201

Imam Baqir [a] said: "Verily, Allah, the exalted, has put some locks on vices, the key of which He has put in wine, but the vice of lying is worse than wine." AI-Kafi, vol. 2, p. 339

Imam Rida [a] said: "Be truthful and avoid telling lies." Bihar-ul-Anwar, vol. 78, p. 347


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Thanks for posting hadiths. I came across this hadith as well

One day Fatimah Zahra (as) went to visit the Holy Prophet (sal). He came to her and handed her a paper on which the following was mentioned:

He who believes in Allah and the last day:

1) Shall not harm his neighbour

2) Shall honour his guest

3) Shall say what is useful or keep quiet

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