The tongue has the power to do good or evil to others. Backbiting is common among people. Even the religions books admonish the people who backbite. The Quran strongly condemns scandal-mongering and character assassination Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that the similitude of a person who indulges in backbiting is to a man who has eaten the flesh of his dead brother. The Bible says that a person with a good tongue is a perfect man. The Gita says that a man free from the habit of backbiting is born to god like endowments. And the Guru Granth says that a back bitter carries a great burden of sins. Lord Buddha says that one requires living a life based on right speech.

For God's Hold Thy Tongue

Robb Simeon Ben Gamalie once asked his servant to bring him something good to eat. The servant brought a tongue for him. The next time the Rabi asked him to bring something that was not good. The servant again brought a tongue. The Rabi was angry with his servant for bringing a tongue on both occasions. The servant explained that there was nothing better than a good tongue and nothing worse than an evil one.

Working with the Text

1. What do the Quran and the traditions of the Prophet (PBUH) tell us on backbiting and scandal-mongering?

Ans. The Quran strongly condemns those who indulge in scandalmongering and admonishes them. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said that a person who indulges in backbiting is like a man who has eaten the flesh of his dead brother.

2) What do the Gita and the Bible tell us on backbiting?

Ans. The Gita tells that a person free from the habit of backbiting is like God. The Bible says that a person free from the habit of backbiting is a perfect man having control over his whole body.

3) What do the Granth Sahib and Lord Buddha tell us on backbiting?

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Ans. The Granth Sahib tells us that a backbiter carries a great burden of sins. Lord Buddha lays stresses on right speech as a path towards salvation.

4) Why did the servant of Rabbi Simeon bring tongues both the times?

Ans. There is nothing better than a good tongue and nothing worse than an evil one. That is why the servant brought tongues on both occasions.

5) Why did Rabbi Simeon invite his disciples for a meal?

Ans. Rabbi Simeon invited his disciples for a meal to teach them the value of having a soft tongue.

6) What according to you is the moral of the lesson?

Ans. The moral of the lesson is that we should not speak ill of others behind their backs.

7) How does our tongue do good or bad to others?

Ans. From the tongue issues the good and also the bad. The tongue does well if one holds it and doesn’t speak badly about others. It proves to be bad if it is given liberty.

Language Work

Add the correct ending to each of the following words and say what each person does or is connected with.

1. govern: governor = one who governs

2. cater: caterer = one who provides food or drink for a social or business function

3. translate: Translator = One who translates writing or speech from one language to another

4. Novel: Novelist = a person who writes novels

5. Tour: tourist = a person who visits a place for pleasure and interest

6. Politics: politician = a person whose job is in politics

7. Decorate: decorator= a person who decorates the inside of the people’s houses

8. Art: artists = An artist is a performer or someone who draws or paints pictures.

9. Economics: economist = An economist is a person who studies, teaches or writes about economics

10. Drama: Dramatist = A person who writes plays

11. Cricket: cricketer = a person who plays cricket

12. Engine: engineer = a person who uses scientific knowledge to design, construct and maintain engines or structures such as roads, railways, and bridges.

13. History: historian = A person who specializes in the study of history.

14. Mountain: mountaineer = a person who climbs mountains

15. Donate donator = Someone who gives something to a charity.

16. Grammar: Grammarian = A person who studies grammar and writes books about it.

17. Auction: auctioneer = a person in charge of an auction

18. Science: scientist = A person who does research in science

19. Teach: teacher = a person who teaches

20. Electricity: electrician = a person who job is to install and repair electrical equipment

21. Physics: Physicist = A person who does research connected with physics.

22. Write : writer = a person who writes books etc.

23. Speak: speaker = a person who makes a speech at a gathering

24. Win: winner = a person who wins a contest or a competition

25. mathematics = Mathematician = A person who is trained in mathematics.

Grammar Work

Complete each sentence with an adverb. The first letters of the adverb are given.


Ans: Our tongue by being polite can please others and bring a smile on other’s face. A tongue has the power to make a sad person happy but the same can prove disastrous as well. It can hurt the other person so deeply that he will always remember our rude remarks. By insulting, and speaking ill of others, we leave an ugly scar in their hearts that always pricks them.



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  • 24 Jul 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Good job

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