Lesson Thirty: Speech and Silence
Imam Ali (a.s.) said:
"لاَ خَيْرَ فِى الصَّمْتِ عَنِ الْحُكْمِ كَما أنَّهُ لا خَيْرَ فِى القَوْلِ بالْجَهْلِ"
Neither the silence of a wise man nor the speech of an ignorant has any profit.1
God has urged those who are informed and learned not to remain silent against deviations, misbehavior, injustices and divisive actions of enemies . They should radiate the light of guidance, truth and justice on the hearts through their warm and reasonable logic and expression. Everybody is considered informed and responsible for what he knows, although it may be little. On the other hand, those who do not have sufficient information should not mislead people through their improper interference. That silence and this speech both cause misfortune.
- 1. Nahjul Balaghah