Bismillah Walhamdulillah Wassalatu Wassalamu ala Rasulillah
“Have you not considered that Allah knows what is in the heavens and what is on the earth? There is in no private conversation of three but that He is the fourth of them, nor are there five but that He is the sixth of them – and no less than that and no more except that He is with them [in knowledge] wherever they are. Then He will inform them of what they did, on the Day of Resurrection. Indeed Allah is the All-Knower of all things.” [al-Mujadilah: 7]
This is *the* verse which we should all carry with us whenever we sit and talk with friends, family, and even strangers. If ever we find ourselves getting comfortable and gossip comes up, or it leads to things like back-biting and just generally godless speech, then this is the verse to remember. Subhan’Allah, you are never alone. And this can be the most comforting thing to know, and yet it can also be the most fearful thing to realise; that you are not alone.
The verse doesn’t just talk about normal conversation between people… it specifically mentions the ‘najwah‘ – those secretive talks, or emails, or messages which you think no-one will read, or you hide so much from other people. Those very private dialogues, be they with close friends, or be they with people who you really shouldn’t be having that private and personal relationship with. Allah let’s you know that He is part of that conversation and that He’s right there with His knowledge; He knows the intentions, thoughts, and emotions of all those who are present. Hence the verse ends with Him being the All-Knower of *all things*.
Then it all comes back on the Day of Judgement. A report. A file. A Witness. Allahul-Musta’an.
There is no good in most of their secret counsels except (in his) who enjoins charity or goodness or reconciliation between people; and whoever does this seeking Allah’s pleasure, We will give him a mighty reward. [an-Nisa:114]
May Allah rectify our speech, our circle of friends, and also rectify our ‘najwahs’ if we ever have anything like it. May He fill it with khayr, islah (goodness), and words of remembrance, ameen.