رُبَّ قَوْلٍ أَنْفَذُ مِنْ صَوْلٍ۔

Many an expression is more effective than an attack.



Many an expression is more effective than an attack.

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Nahj al-Balagha — Peak of Eloquence: Hadith #394)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. Praise be to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states:

رُبَّ قَوْلٍ أَنْفَذُ مِنْ صَوْلٍ۔

This can be translated as

Many an expression is more effective than an attack.

Let us delve into the deeper meaning of this profound statement in light of the Quran.

The word (qawl) "قَوْلٍ" in this Hadith refers to a statement or expression. It encompasses both verbal and written forms of communication. It emphasizes the power and impact of words in influencing others. The word (anfadhu) "أَنْفَذُ" means to penetrate or have a greater effect. It signifies the ability of certain words to leave a lasting impact on individuals or situations, surpassing the impact of physical force or aggression. On the other hand, the word (sawl) "صَوْلٍ" refers to an attack or assault, highlighting the contrast between the two forms of influence.

This Hadith reminds us of the importance of choosing our words wisely and recognizing their potential to bring about positive change. It highlights the significance of effective communication in resolving conflicts, spreading knowledge, and conveying messages of truth and justice. The power of words is not limited to their immediate impact but extends to their long-term consequences.

The Quran provides us with numerous examples that support the wisdom behind Imam Ali's statement. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah An-Nahl (16:125):

Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best.

This verse emphasizes the importance of using wisdom and good speech when conveying the message of Islam. It encourages Muslims to engage in dialogue and debate in a manner that is respectful, persuasive, and effective.

Furthermore, in Surah Fussilat (41:34), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) states:

And not equal are the good deed and the bad. Repel [evil] by that [deed] which is better; and thereupon the one whom between you and him is enmity [will become] as though he was a devoted friend.

This verse teaches us the power of responding to negativity with kindness and goodness. It demonstrates that a gentle and compassionate approach can have a transformative effect on others, even those who may initially harbor enmity towards us.

Imam Ali's statement also reminds us of the importance of knowledge and wisdom in our interactions. Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) was renowned for his deep understanding and insightful knowledge. His words were not only powerful but also rooted in wisdom and divine guidance. The Quran emphasizes the significance of seeking knowledge and using it to guide our actions. In Surah Al-Zumar (39:9), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says:

Say, 'Are those who know equal to those who do not know?' Only they will remember [who are] people of understanding.

This verse highlights the distinction between those who possess knowledge and those who do not. It emphasizes the importance of seeking knowledge and recognizing its superiority in guiding our lives and interactions.

Imam Ali's statement serves as a reminder for Muslims to prioritize effective communication and the power of words. It encourages us to reflect on the impact our words can have on others and to choose them carefully. By utilizing wisdom, knowledge, and good speech, we can influence others positively, resolve conflicts, and promote understanding and unity within the Muslim community and beyond. May Allah (تَبَارَكَ وَتَعَالَىٰ) grant us the ability to use our words wisely and effectively, and may He bless us with the understanding to follow in the footsteps of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ).

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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