It is incumbent upon the Muslim to pay great attention to his voice and the nature of his speech, just as he pays attention to the way he walks. Rather he should be more careful (in regards to his voice).

This is based on the speech of Allaah:

“And 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.” {Surat Luqman:19}

Allaah mentioned the reason as to why one should not raise one’s voice (as it resembles the hated noise of a donkey braying) and he didn’t mention the reason for one to not walk hastily. This is because the harm that comes from raising one’s voice is greater than that of walking in an immoderate manner in many aspects:

The first- That the people get annoyed and acquire hatred, more severe, for the one whose voice is crude, harsh, loud, he who is constantly yelling, than for he who walks immoderately.

The second- The raising of the voice harms the listener. As for the hasty walker, if it does harm, it only harms those who are in the way. As for the voice then its harm reaches more people, those who are on the right, those on the left, and those who are close and even the neighbours.

The third- The raising of one’s voice breeds argumentation and not listening as the one who does it only hears his own self.

The fourth- People do not like to converse with the one that has a harsh voice, neither to argue with him and this affects his nature so he becomes harsh and severe.

The fifth- This action (of raising the voice) resembles the donkey. Some of the scholars have said: It is understood from every animal that its shout is due to suffering tiredness or hardship. The donkey however, if one puts pressure on him, beats him, or even kills him, he doesn’t shout. But at the time of ease he shouts with a voice that its beginning is inhalation and braying and its end is inhalation and braying.

Therefore, the one who shouts and increases his voice for no reason has a characteristic of a donkey.

All of the above harms are greater than the harms of walking immoderately, therefore the Muslims should take care of his voice.

Finally, the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم , our role model, was attributed to be “the trusty one who is neither coarse nor harsh nor loud in the markets” {Al-Adab Al-Mufrad}.

And Allaah knows best. May His salaah and salaam be upon the Final Messenger, his family, his companions and all those that follow them in righteousness.