As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


Pretentiousness and Exaggeration during Conversation is undesirable

Ibn Mas'ood (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Ruined are Al-Mutanatti`un.' He repeated this thrice. [Saheeh Muslim] 'Mutanatti`un are those people who are in the habit of making unnecessary and unreasonably fine distinctions, exaggeration, artificial and eloquent speech in simple matters. We learn from this Hadeeth that in all matters one should adopt simplicity and avoid exaggeration, no matter whether in speech or action.' [See, Riyadh as-Saliheen]

Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-Aas (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Verily, Allah dislikes an eloquent person who rolls his tongue as a cow rolls its tongue (while eating).' [Abu Dawood and at-Tirmidhee] The person referred to in this Hadeeth is the one, who speaks with affection to display his eloquence. [See, Riyadh as-Saliheen]

Jabir bin Abdullah (radhi allahu anhu) said, 'The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'The dearest and the closest of you to me on the Day of Resurrection will be those who are the best in behavior; and the most hateful and the farthest from me on the Day of Resurrection will be the ath-Thartharun (talkative) and Mutashaddiqun (the most pretentious or loud mouthed) and Mutafaihiqun (the most rhetorical).' [At-Tirmidhee]

Ath-Thartharun (talkative) is the plural of Tharthar, which comes from the word Thartharah, meaning to speak repeatedly in an artificial manner.

Mutashaddiqun (loud-mouthed) is the plural of Mutashaddiq, which means a person who speaks loudly to display his eloquence.

Mutafaihiqun is the plural of Mutafaihiq, which is from the word Fihq, meaning to fill.

This Hadeeth is a reference to those people who speak in a loud and lofty manner. All these characteristics of speech are indicative of artificiality and affectation which are condemned by the Sharee'ah, and people having these defects will be far away from the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) and will face the Wrath of Allah. Islam likes simple, polite and natural style of conversation. In fact, all moral virtues will be a means of Allah's Pleasure. May Allah enable us to adopt these virtues. [See, Riyadh as-Saliheen]

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