Hadith on Self-Bullying: Avoid Condemning Yourself as Inherently Evil

📖Sahih al-Bukhari 617
Narrated `Aisha: The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “None of you should say Khabuthat Nafsi, but he is recommended to say ‘Laqisat Nafsi.”

  • The Prophet (ﷺ) advised his followers not to say “Khabuthat Nafsi,” which means “my self is foul” or “my self is wicked.” Instead, he recommended saying “Laqisat Nafsi,” which means “my self is prone to error.” This Hadith teaches Muslims to be cautious about how they speak about themselves. Instead of using harsh and negative language to describe themselves, they should use more gentle and realistic language that acknowledges their human nature and potential for error. The Prophet’s advice in this Hadith also reflects the importance of positive self-talk and the impact of language on our attitudes and behaviors. By using more positive and constructive language, we can cultivate a healthier and more optimistic mindset, which can lead to better self-esteem and greater resilience in the face of challenges.