Abu Hurairah (radi Allahu anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Indeed among the excellence of a person’s Islam is that he leaves alone that which does not concern him.” [Chapters on Zuhd: Jami At-Tirmidhi]
Abstinence from needless talk and meaningless activity is a necessary requirement of good faith and an adornment of personality which lends beauty to the faith of the person concerned.
In Fayd ul Qadeer, the author writes, “It is understood from this that from a man’s deficiency in his religion is his indulging in that which does not concern him. What should concern him is all that relates to his salvation in the Hereafter, that being Islam, emaan, and ihsan. In this way he stays safe from all forms of evil… Part of that which does not concern the worshipper is his learning fields of knowledge of lesser importance whilst leaving knowledge of greater importance, like the person who abandons knowledge which causes benefit to himself and engages himself in learning that which he could correct others with.
Islam consists of acting as well as abstaining. The only way one abandons all that does not concern him is by busying himself with that which does concern him, in beliefs and in hurrying to do good deeds mentioned in the Quran and Sunnah. He should busy himself with correcting himself and his heart, by removing bad characteristics, such as jealousy, showing off, pride, haughtiness towards others and other destructive attributes.
There is no way of recognizing what ‘concerns us and what doesn’t concern us,’ except through knowledge. Actions, characteristics and mannerisms are sifted out so that every attribute denounced in the Book and the Sunnah is removed and what remain are the beneficial worthy actions. This is Islam and depending on how well these things are accomplished, determines the position of the worshipper with Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) and Allah knows best.”
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