Why Cursing is Forbidden in Islam?

MV: Unfortunately in these days I hear Muslims cursing a lot. (Especially those up in the ghettos) But many Muslims don’t realize that cursing and slandering is forbidden in Islam and if they know then they often question why? Well to start off, it makes our Muslim Ummah (Community) look bad! Its a horrible way of showing that Muslims are kind especially in places such as schools. Lets not to say that I have never used fowl language before, but I really try to avoid using them and I feel bad if I use them. Sometimes you may feel angry and a need to use them, in such times just chill, relax and try remembering Allah (SWT). The article bellow helps us realize why is cursing wrong in Islam.

Muslims should neither curse nor imprecate each other with words such as, ‘May the Curse of Allah be upon you,’ or ‘I wish you to burn in Hell-fire,’ etc.
Narrated Samurah Ibn Jundub (radhi allahu anhu), ‘Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said,
‘Do not curse one another, invoking curse of Allah or Wrath of Allah or the fire of Hell.’ [Abu Dawood, at-Tirmidhee]

To curse a Muslim is akin to killing him. Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, Cursing a believer is like murdering him.’ [Agreed upon]The act of cursing is such that one who does it can himself become a recipient of it.

Narrated Abu Darda (radhi allahu anhu), ‘Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, ‘When a person curses (La’nah; to ask that something be deprived of Allah’s Mercy) somebody or something, the curse goes up to the heaven and the gates of the heaven are closed. Then it comes down to the earth and its gates are closed. Then it turns right and left, and if it does not find an entrance to go anywhere, it returns to the person or thing that was cursed, if he or it deserves to be cursed; otherwise, it returns to the person, who uttered it.’ [Abu Dawood] Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) also warned, ‘Those who frequently resort to cursing would neither be accepted as witnesses nor as intercessors on the Day of Resurrection.’ [Saheeh Muslim]

It is not allowed to curse, disgrace or humiliate even a sinner because in doing so, one helps the Shaytan, who is avowed to disgrace and humiliate Muslims before Allah. Narrated Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu), ‘A drunkard was brought to the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam). He (r) said, ‘Give him a beating.’ Then some beat him with their hands, some with their shoes, and some with (a folded) piece of cloth. When he left, someone said to him, ‘May Allah disgrace you!‘ The Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, ‘Do not help Shaytan overcome him by uttering such words.’ [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

Moreover, it is incorrect to curse a sinner because perhaps, the person may have sought Istagfar (seek forgiveness for one’s sins) and Allah, the All-Forgiving, may have forgiven the person for his transgression. It is related in Saheeh Muslim that during the time of Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam), when a woman was being punished for the sin of adultery, her blood spurted upon Khalid Ibn Waleed (radhi allahu anhu), who swore at her. Thereupon, the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, ‘Khalid, be gentle. By Him, in Whose Hand is my life, she has made such a repentance that even if a wrongful tax collector were to repent, he would have been forgiven.’ He (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) then prayed over her and she was buried. Therefore, the right conduct would be to pray for his or her guidance and refrain from any critique, cursing or humiliation.

Even the deceased Muslims should not be censured or condemned for their wrongdoings, for, they have reached their end and they are receiving the return of their deeds in the Hereafter. Aa’isha (radhi allahu anha) narrated, ‘The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, Do not abuse the dead, because they have attained that which they had forwarded (i.e., their deeds, good or bad).’ [Saheeh al-Bukharee]

Taunting is prohibited
Taunting is to insult, reproach mockingly or disgrace someone, for e.g. with reference to his lineage, appearance or shortcoming. Narrated Ibn Mas’ood (radhi allahu anhu), ‘Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said,
‘A true believer is not involved in taunting, or frequently cursing or in indecency or abusing. [At-Tirmidhee]
Abusing is prohibited
Narrated Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu), ‘Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said,
‘When two persons indulge in abusing each other, the beginner will be the sinner, so long, as the oppressed does not transgress the limits.’ [Saheeh Muslim]
This Hadeeth tells us that if a Muslim abuses another and says unfair things about him and in return, the recipient also abuses him and says unfair things to the same extent, then the entire burden of the sin of abusing lies upon the person who initiated the quarrel. However, if the one, who is wronged, exceeds the limits in revenge, then he will also be guilty to the degree of his excess. Thus, even though, revenge is permissible, it is better to forgive and be patient


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9 thoughts on “Why Cursing is Forbidden in Islam?

  1. Salaam
    i need sum help my friends life is in danger.
    can u plz tell me more bout people who have black tongues and
    what can they do or harm sum1 else please its urgent.
    Thank u soo much..
    Allah Hafiz

  2. I am not sure what you mean by black tongue, but if it is in regards to someone who is in a grudge with someone else or if it is about someone who curses another person, here are a few things:

    It is not permitted for him to curse his children or anyone else among the Muslims, because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Trading insults with a Muslim is evildoing and fighting him is kufr (disbelief).” (Saheeh – agreed upon). And he (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Cursing a believer is like killing him.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari in his Saheeh).

    These two saheeh hadeeths indicate that a Muslim’s cursing his brother is a major sin, so we must beware of that and restrain our tongues from committing this awful sin. – Islam QA

    Cursing is not one of the attributes of the believer who has attained perfect faith. It was narrated by Imam Ahmad in his Musnad and Imam al-Tirmidhi in his Jaami’ from ‘Alqamah that ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The believer is not a slanderer, one who curses a great deal, one who indulges in obscenity or who in engages in foul talk.” Al-Tirmidhi said: It is a hasan ghareeb hadeeth. And it was narrated in al-Saheehayn from Thaabit ibn al-Dahhaak that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Cursing a believer is like killing him.”

    Based on this, it is not permissible for a believer to curse anyone among his Muslim brothers except those whom Allaah cursed in His Book or whom the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) cursed. It is not permissible to curse one who commits a sin because of his or her sin, such as a woman who is not wearing hijab and the like. Rather the Muslim should advise her and encourage her to wear hijab using kind and gentle methods. If anyone curses someone who does not deserve to be cursed, there is a stern warning that the curse will come back on the one who utters it if it is not justified. This is indicated by the report narrated by Abu’l-Darda’ (may Allaah be pleased with him) who said: The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “When a person curses something, the curse ascends to heaven, and the gates of heaven are closed to it. Then it comes back down to earth and the gates of earth are closed to it. Then it looks right and left, and if it does not find anywhere to go, it goes to the one who was cursed, and if he deserves it (it befalls him), otherwise it goes back to the one who uttered it.” Narrated by Abu Dawood in his Sunan.

    And Allaah is the Source of strength. May Allaah send blessings and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad and his family and companions

  3. @ shazia there is nothing like black tongue as far as i knw.here also alot of people believe in such things.i believe,as a muwahhid(a person believing in the oneness of Allah),no one except Allah can harm u nor benefit u indirectly. my knwledge is very limited.Allah knows best.
    ask this question in the website: http://www.islamqa.info. pls elaborate the question or ppl wud misunderstand just like the above answered guy misunderstud

  4. I have a question , if a muslim person( lets assume person A) hurts another muslim person (lets assume person B) intentionally , for many times .. like A hurted B then A apologised though B was hurt but forgave A then again A hurted B and again B forgave A but A kept doing that several times and meantime A ruined B’s life , money , respect , gave B lots of losses and hurted B so badly that B everyday cries heart out. for 2 years continiously A deceived B and hurted B. Now B has lost patience and B started cursing A. What B curse to A is :

    May Allah never forgives you , May you never stay happy , May Allah does same as you did with me and I (meaning B) will never forgive A in this life nor on judgement day.

    So my question is, what B cursed to A after getting hurted so many times that B almost lost mental heath.. is it ok in Islam to curse after getting hurt so many times. And to add more still A hurts B , although A also apologizes but A never change.

  5. And pls also let me know what is the value of ‘false promises’ in islam. People promise another people for what they know they will not fulfill nor they can fulfill. But kept on doing fake promises and playing with people’s emotions.

  6. One of my best friend swears way too much, like a lot. I tell her to not but she can’t help it, what can I do. Good speech by the way.

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