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A wise old man gathered his students and asked them this question: ‘Why do people who are angry shout at each other even though they are near by?’

The students came up with various possibilities but no answer satisfied the wise man.


He then said to his students: ‘The reason that angry people shout at each other is that their hearts are very far apart. Thus, they need to scream and shout to make themselves heard to each other.’


He went on explaining: ‘Don’t you see that when people like each other they speak softly and gently. This is because their hearts are nearer. And when that love is greater, they whisper in each other’s ears due to their hearts being even closer.’


He paused and continued: ‘And when their love is intense, their hearts are practically one and then they do not even need to speak. A mere glance is enough to convey their love.’


Moral: When your voice is raised, whether at your spouse, child, parent or any close one, pause a while and think: ‘Is my heart actually far from the person I claim is close to me?’


Anger and raised voices serve no purpose except to tear people further apart. Try using a gentle voice and enjoy the results.


The Qur’aan states: Be moderate (or show no insolence) in your walking and lower your voice. Verily, the harshest of all voices is the voice (braying) of the donkey. (31:19)

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