Clemency, tranquillity, a gentle voice, among other qualities, are traits people love, and they love those who possess the qualities, and in return, hate a person with a loud voice; the rash and uncivil one.


These qualities harm those who relate with those who possess them; they make them forsake those who have them.


The religious people, who follow the correct creed, know the benefits in lowering the voice, being calm and gentle in speech. They know this because of their regular interactions with the people and due to what they have read and known from the Qur’an and the Sunnah.


Allah the Mighty said: “And be moderate in your walking, and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all is the braying of the ass.” (Luqman: 19)


You can imagine the disgust in the description and what might likely be the end of whoever is guilty of the act. Can you change the human form, which Allah has created in the best of forms, to that of a donkey, and what this animal possesses of traits that are not worth being ascribed to human?


The Messenger of Allah (saw) mentioned the form himself when he was describing these people; he said: “Indeed Allah hates every rude and covetous person, a wailer in the market, lifeless body in the night but a donkey during the day.”


The prohibition here is as regards rashness, covetousness and wailing; these are all harmful traits and despicable emblems.


As this matter applies to people interactions, it also applies to the relationship between the Creator and His creatures. Allah abhors these ugly traits too; so also did His Messenger.


Allah loves the balanced voice not the voice of the wailer, the trumpeter, nor the voice of the silent person which lacks all humility. Allah the Mighty said: “And offer your salaat (prayer) neither aloud nor in low voice, but follow a way between.” (Al-Isra’: 110)


Salaat mentioned in the verse above is supplication. Allah loves that you supplicate to Him with the gentlest voice, not a wailing voice.


Allah commanded the companions of the Messenger of Allah (saw) in a very clear verse that they should not raise their voices above that of the Messenger of Allah (saw), nor speak rashly. He said that to increase the status of the Prophet and to teach the ummah the manner of relating with those in authority.

Allah (swt) said: “O you who believe! Raise not your voice above the voice of the Prophet (saw), nor speak aloud to him in talk as speak aloud to one another, lest your deeds may be rendered fruitless while you perceive not. Verily! Those who lower their voices in the presence of Allah’s Messenger (saw), they are the ones whose hearts Allah has tested for piety. For them are forgiveness and a great reward.” (Al-Hujurat: 2-13)


Lowering the voice and making it to be silent is a trait of faith while raising it is a sign of little intellect, and impetuosity.


Those who seek the means of training themselves on good manners, and how to hold themselves back from their whims and caprices should begin by applying caution to their voice and reduce their shouting. What a difference between a person with a loud and rash voice, and the other person with gentle voice!


(Prepared by Uztad Abdul Muhaemin Karrim)