Leaving that which doesn’t concern you


On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: “The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Part of the perfection of a person’s Islam is his leaving that which is of no concern to him”

A hasan hadith. Recorded by at-Tirmidhi and others in that fashion

Brief Commentary:

Ibn Rajab said this hadith forms a great principle in manners

The hadith is not pertaining to speech/statements only, but also pertaining to deeds e.g. going to places which do not concern you and have no benefit

●The “concern” mentioned in the hadith is not what concerns us personally, but what should concern us as based on the shari’ah e.g. as an individual, you may feel that the situation of our brothers in Palestine does not concern you, but based on the shari’ah it is a matter that concerns all Muslims, so you cannot say it doesn’t concern you.

●Also, you may feel that knowing the score of last night’s match is something that concerns you, but based on the shari’ah it is not something that is of concern to you (unless in rare occasions).

●Scholars mainly focus on speech when relating this hadith as it is the main place where we deviate from the application of this hadith
Allah negates in the Qur’an that there is much good in what we say


The more we speak, the more likely we will:
□Harden the heart
□Get distracted from the remembrance of Allah

●There is a direct correlation between sins and excessive speech.

●Leaving that which does not concern us moves us away from a life of luxury.

●The hadith shows that Islam is concerned with the welfare of society, as arguments and fights stem from excessive speech

●The hadith reminds us that life is short therefore there will be harm in indulging in that which does not benefit us in the hereafter

●The hadith serves as a means to protect the honour of another believer
The hadith nurtures a person to have high aspirations

●What makes a person concerned with things that do not concern him is being ignorant of his own state of affair, always criticising others

●This hadith pushes us to focus on those things that will benefit us in the dunya and the hereafter and pushes us to the state of ihsan

Benefits and Action points to take from this hadith:

○It is from the incompleteness of one’s Islam that they indulge in that which does not concern them

○What concerns us is not defined by what our souls or hearts feel, but what the shari’ah defines to be something of concern to us

○Avoiding things which do not concern us is not in speech only, so we should also avoid doing actions or going to places which do not concern us

○Avoid excessive speech

○Indulging in what does not concern us will be detrimental to us in the hereafter and we are in this life for a short time so we should not indulge in things in this short life that will negatively affect our situation in the eternal hereafter

○Focus more in improving ourselves than look at the faults of others

[Adapted from Hadith commentary]


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