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Yes, of course, the Holy Qur’an and the Hadeeths have many instructions
1) In Surah 2 : verse 83 Allah (SWT) says : “And speak good to
2) In Surah Israa' (Bani Israel) : verse 53 Allah (SWT) says : “And
3) In Surah 41 : verse 34 Allah (SWT) says : “The good deeds are
4) In Surah 16 : verse 125 Allah (SWT) says : “Invite and call
In Hadith we have:
1) Talk to people in the best way that you like them to talk to you
2) Hadith in al-Kafi, vol 2 pg 63, from Imam Ja’far as-sadiq (AS)
3) “Deal with people as you want them to deal with you and talk to
as salam alaikum
The Qur'an says:
"...and do not mix truth with falsehood" (2:42)
"...and speak kindly to people" (2:83)
"...and speak to them honorable words" (4:5).
"Allah does not like the broadcasting of anyone's evil in speech except by someone who has been wronged" (4:148)
"Do not abuse those whom they invoke besides Allah, lest they should abuse Allah out of hostility" (6:108)
"And when you speak be fair" (6:152)
"Indeed the hearing, the eyesight and the heart: all of these are accountable" (17:36).
"Tell My servants to speak in a manner which is the best" (17:53)
"Avoid false speech" (22:30)
"Lower your voice, indeed the ugliest of voices is the donkey's voice" (31:19).
"O you who have faith! Be wary of Allah and speak upright words" (33:70)
"How regrettable of the servants! There did not come to them any messenger but that they used to deride him" (36:30)
"O you who have faith! Let not any people ridicule another people: it may be that they are better than they are; nor let women ridicule women: it may be that they are better than they are. And do not defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. An evil name is transgression after faith! And whoever is not penitent, such are the wrongdoers" (49:11)
"Do not spy or backbite one another. Will any one of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother?" (49:12).
With prayers for your success.
Is there an advice the Prophet (s) gave to Abu Dharr where he stated that one should count oneself as the people of the graves? If so, what is meant by that and how should one do that?
May Allah bless you and your family.
Yes, we have a ḥadīth in that vein:
یَا ابا ذر! کُنْ کَأَنَّکَ فِی الدُّنْیَا غَرِیبٌ أَوْ کَعَابِرِ سَبِیلٍ، وَ عُدَّ نَفْسَکَ مِنْ أَصْحَابِ الْقُبُورِ
“Abū Dharr! Be like a stranger in this temporary life or like you are a mere traveler. And consider yourself like one of the people of the graves.”
This phrase is part of a longer ḥadīth found in Makārim al-Akhlāq of al-Ḥasan ibn Faḍl al-Ṭabarsī, the son of the author of the tafsīr entitled Majmaʿ al-Bayān. You can read a translation of the ḥadīth here: https://www.al-islam.org/articles/advice-prophet-s-gave-abu-dharr
The phrase “count yourself like one of the people of the graves” means to live as if death is imminent—or, more directly, act as if you are about to die. In other words, live a pious life because you don’t know when you are going to die and return to your Creator and be held accountable for your misconduct. Never take a day or even a moment for granted and expect that if you sin, you will have a moment after the sin to repent. Act as if, at any moment, you may be lowered into your grave and have no second chance to live a pious life.
One way to encourage this line of thinking is to visit a Muslim graveyard or the graves of deceased family members and contemplate how close death is and how close the afterlife is—how short our lives are. This should encourage us to, at bare minimum, complete our obligations (wājibāt) and refrain from all that is prohibited (muḥarramāt).
I understand that the Qur'an is protected by God as He has promised. How do we know that the Hadiths of the Prophet SAW, even the most authentic of them, and the teachings of the Imams haven't been changed or corrupted over time?
The authentic Hadeeths from the Holy Prophet (SAWA) and his holy