Ibnul Mubaarak (rahimahullaah) was asked about the statement of Luqmaan [alayhis-salaam]: ”If speech is from silver, then silence is from gold”. So he (Ibnul Mubaarak) said, ”It means that if speech in obedience to Allaah is from silver, then silence (in keeping away from) disobedience to Allaah is gold”.

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