Sincere speech

[Techniques help improve speeches but ultimately they are tools. The one thing which is indispensable is sincerity. Mufti Shafi Usmani relates:]

[Mufti Muzaffar Hussayn sahib Kandhalwi] used to give speeches looking into a book but the crowd used to be moved and left in wonder. He was asked regarding this effect to which he replied,

When I say something, I wish in my heart that every single person act upon it.

This is absolutely correct. The most important condition for a speech and advice to be effective is that the speaker and councilor be sincere and genuinely want change.

Posted in ijtima.org, note 28. Originally published in Majalis Hakim al-Ummat. (1396). Mufti Shafi Usmani (ed). Darul Isha’at: Karachi, Pakistan. p.237.

Translated by Muhammad Saifur Rahman