Day 22 / Juzz 22
O you who believe! Keep your duty to Allah and fear Him, and speak (always) the truth (or that which is right.) (33:70)
In this ayah, Allah is saying be cautious of Allah. He then follows this commandment of Taqwa with another commandment, and that is, “and say that which is right.”
Allah uses the word سديد which comes from the word سد. The meaning of this word سد is ‘something that closes a gap which prevents water from leaking through.’ It also means a Dam.
So by Allah using the word سديد here He is telling us that when we speak, we need to speak in a way where we don’t leave any room for misunderstanding and that we must mean what we say. Allah is advising us to be clear and honest In our speech.
One of the most powerful implications of this is one of the things Allah commands us to say when we meet someone, which is ‘assalaamu alaykum’ where we’re declaring to the other person that I am in peace with you, there is no grudges and I have no issues with you.
However sometimes, even when we give Salaams to others, we don’t really mean it from our heart, we’re not clear and honest because our hearts feel something else whilst we utter something else.
So in this ayah Allah is reminding us to to be honest in our speech and to say what is right. That includes speaking the right words and not holding grudges and meaning peace when we greet one another.
May Allah enable to say what us right and enable us to remove any grudges from our hearts towards our brother or sister, ameen.