Nahjul BalaghaSermons

Sermon 230

Know that the tongue is part of man's body. If man desists, speech will not cooperate with him and when he dilates, speech will not give him time to stop. Certainly, we are masters of speaking. Its veins are fixed in us and its branches are hanging over us. Allah have mercy on you. Know that you are living at a time when those who speak about right are few, when tongues are loath to utter truth and those who stick to right are humiliated. The people of this time are engaged in disobedience. Their youths are wicked, old men are sinful, learned men are hypocrites, and speakers are sycophants. Their young do not respect elders, and their rich men do not support the destitute.

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