YOUR WORD IS YOU
DATE : 2017-03-27 03:26:43
The words we use represent us. Whatever words you use, come back to mould a personality that reflects you. Very often, we have been very careless in the use of words. Our words become so cheap that nobody would want to rely on them. Once our words become lighter and hollow, we become hollow and unreliable.
The word is a very powerful tool. In John 1:1, it says "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God". God's words are the sources of his power. He uses words to create. He says let it be and it comes to pass. The words, represent the Powers of Allah (SWT). In Genesis 1:3, "Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. The word of God is impeccable. It is clean, holy, unadulterated and unvitiated. God's words are powerful.
Human beings are endowed with the ability to utter words, the ability to speak. It is a great endowment of Allah. Allah mentioned this in Holy Quran (90:8-9) "Have we not made for him two eyes, And a tongue and two lips?"
In Genesis 1:27, we are told "God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them". I am not sure this image is saying we are literally like God but we have some endowments that make us more powerful than other creations of God. We are placed above Angels. It is to tell us how God has given us part of his powers and our ability to creat other things from his creation.
Allah has ordained a Muslim not to belittle the value of his words, and not to utter words of no use. Allah, the Exalted, says:"Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it)."(50:18). Ideally, with all these endowments from God, we should be able to use our words to do a lot of things. We should be able to use our words to heal the sick, cure the blind and bless one another.
Unfortunately, man has reduced the power of his words. We say things that we know are not true. We tell petty lies that could have been avoided. We make promises in careless abundance without any intention to fulfill them. It is easier to call a friend on phone and tell him you will visit when you know you have no intention to visit. It is easier to say you will wait for a friend who has promised to visit you on a particular day but you know you wouldn't be available at home on that day. We tell lies through exaggeration and we think it is ok to do that. These seemingly harmless lies, these harmless and very insignificant promises that we make but with no intention to fulfill, have the tendency to mould our nature and cause us to reflect a personality that is known by the other person.
If we hear a story that sounds amazing, the first thing we do is to ask of the source. If it was told by one of our friends, we gauge his level of integrity, the impeccability of his words and then we decide to believe or not. Sometimes, among friends, a story told by one of them is quickly dismissed as false. "As
Writer : Abass Fuseini Sbaabe