Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said “whoever is not going to ensure the correct use of their tongues and whoever is going to engage in abusive language and that which is false while they’re abstaining from food and drink have actually wasted their time staying away from food and drink.” Allah says “I don’t need that they have stayed away from their food and drink, I don’t need it.”
In the same way in Ramadan that we are conscious of what should be going into our mouths we should also take care with what comes out of our mouths. Many of us forget this.
This is a wholesome act of worship. It is discipline. Not engaging in abusive words is actually part of the fast! Mufti Menk reminds us how we can benefit from this Holy month.