Life is about learning

i was telling a friend of mine that i could be very self centered @ times. My conversations, they are all about me, myself and i. This is very obvious on Instant Messenger - i look over previous convo's, and i'm really surprised at how my lines the other person spoke.

To that effect, I read the post below on a friend of a friend's blog, and figured -others who can benefit from it as well, insha Allah

Source: Intellijunkt Commentary


If a person starts telling you, whether in private or public, something that you already knew very well, you should pretend as if you do not know it. Do not rush to reveal your knowledge or to interfere with the speech. Instead, show your attention and concentration. The honorable tab'i Imam Ata ibn Abi Rabah said: "A young man would tell me something that I may have heard before he was born. Nevertheless, I would listen to him as if I had never heard it before."

Ibrahim ibn al-Junaid said: "A wise man said to his son: 'Learn the art of listening as you learn the art of speaking." Listening well means maintaining eye contact, allowing the speaker to finish the spech, and restraining your urge to interrupt his speech.

Al-Hafiz al-Khatib al-Baghdadi said in a poem:

Never interrupt a talk
Though you know it inside out



StillLearning said...

:) Jazakullah for the quote. I will remember this next time i talk to people.

Hafsa said...


yups, insha Allah :)

Sketched Soul said...

As-salaamu'alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu my dear sister Hafsa,

Wonderful and very beneficial blog..masha'Allah.

Excellent post!!

It helps to live with elders.. because they love to tell you about their life experiences, and it'd be rude to tell them how many times you've heard it already..hehe AlhumduliLlah :)just shows what we can learn from our environment without even being aware of it.

Jazak'Allah for sharing.

Wa'alaykum as-salaam
Love Farhana