Thursday, March 22, 2018

What does the Quran say about COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION?

The Quran in numerous occasions call itself “the guidance to mankind” (E.g. Quran 2:2). The central aim of the Quran is to assist man create a workable, successful and happy social order based on God-consciousness (Quran 2:5, 8:29, 15:45).

Man is created as a social animal. There is no meaning of a society-less individual. Man, always lives in a society and for a society to function even if its just a group of two individuals, communication and interaction is key. From a Quranic standpoint, whenever there are two or more individuals, God enters directly into the relationship between them (Quran 58:7) In other words, he is always present and as such we must take our interaction seriously.

The Quran obviously place importance on communication and interactions. Even when the foolish address us, we are guided to say ‘peace’. Let me share with you 10 entries here.

All emphasis are mine to help readers focus on a particular message.

1.    ART THOU NOT aware that God knows all that is in the heavens and all that is on earth? Never can there be a secret confabulation between three persons without His being the fourth of them, nor between five without His being the sixth of them; and neither between less than that, or more, without His being with them wherever they may be. But in the end, on Resurrection Day, He will make them truly understand what they did: for, verily, God has full knowledge of everything. Quran 58:7

2.    For, [true] servants of the Most Gracious are [only] they who walk gently on earth, and who, whenever the foolish address them, reply with [words of] peace; - Quran 3:95

3.    ART THOU NOT aware how God sets forth the parable of a good word? [It is] like a good tree, firmly rooted, [reaching out] with its branches towards the sky, yielding its fruit at all times by its Sustainer's leave. And [thus it is that] God propounds parables unto men,' so that they might bethink themselves [of the truth]. And the parable of a corrupt word is that of a corrupt tree, torn up [from its roots] onto the face of the earth, wholly unable to endure. Quran 14:24-26

4.    AND TELL My servants that they should speak in the most kindly manner [unto those who do not share their beliefs]: verily, Satan is always ready to stir up discord between men - for, verily, Satan is man's open foe! Quran 17:53

5.    But when you are greeted with a greeting [of peace], answer with an even better greeting, or [at least] with the like thereof. Verily, God keeps count indeed of all things. Quran 4:86

6.    And if thou [must] turn aside from those [that are in want, because thou thyself art] seeking to obtain thy Sustainer's grace and hoping for it,  at least speak unto them with gentle speech.- Quran 17:28

7.    And it was by God's grace that thou [O Prophet] didst deal gently with thy followers:  for if thou hadst been harsh and hard of heart, they would indeed have broken away from thee. Pardon them, then, and pray that they be forgiven. And take counsel with them in all matters of public concern; then, when thou hast decided upon a course of action, place thy trust in God: for, verily, God loves those who place their trust in Him. - Quran 3:159

8.    For thy Sustainer has ordained that you shall worship none but Him. And do good unto [thy] parents. Should one of them, or both, attain to old age in thy care, never say "Ugh" to them or scold them, but [always] speak unto them with reverent speech, - Quran 17:23

9.    O YOU who have attained to faith! Do not enter houses other than your own unless you have obtained permission and greeted their inmates. This is [enjoined upon you] for your own good, so that you might bear [your mutual rights] in mind. Quran 24:27

10. O YOU who have attained to faith! No men shall deride [other] men: it may well be that those [whom they deride] are better than themselves; and no women [shall deride other] women: it may well be that those [whom they deride] are better than them­selves. And neither shall you defame one another, nor insult one another by [opprobrious] epithets: evil is all imputation of iniquity after [one has attained to] faith; and they who [become guilty thereof and] do not repent - it is they, they who are evildoers! O you who have attained to faith! Avoid most guesswork [about one another] for, behold, some of [such] guesswork is [in itself] a sin; and do not spy upon one another, and neither allow your­selves to speak ill of one another behind your backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, you would loathe it! And be conscious of God. Verily, God is an accep­tor of repentance, a dispenser of grace! Quran 49:11 -12

Peace, anas

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