Speak Less and Listen More – Reasons & Advantages

Holy Qur’an has been very explicit on the subject. In one such verse, Allah says: “God does not like that evil should be mentioned in public except by one who has been done injustice. And God is all-hearing, all-knowing.” (Quran 4:148)

If we do our self-analysis and ask ourselves on how much talking do we do on an average day, and how much listening – the real listening, where you focus on what the other person is saying and take it in, instead of planning the brilliant thing you’ll say the moment the other person finishes speaking? If you’re like most of us, the answer is: It is not enough. Most people tend to treat conversation like a competitive sport, in which the person who says the most, makes the cleverest point, persuades others of an opinion, or even speaks the longest and loudest is the winner. All of us fall into this trap. All of us find ourselves interrupting, speechifying, insisting, and coming up with witticisms–all to support our point of view or display our superior knowledge. 

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