On the authority of Abu Hurairah, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: The Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salam, said: “Part of the perfection of someone’s Islam is his leaving alone that which does not concern him.” [Hadith hasan – Recorded by Tirmidhi, hadith #12 of the 40 Hadiths Compiled by Imam An-Nawawi]
The Prohibition Of Interfering In Other People’s Affairs
By Sh. Khalifa Ezzat
London Central Mosque Ltd & The Islamic Cultural Center
April 16, 2010 – Jumada Al-Awwal 2, 1431
Dear brothers and sisters: Islam urges us to follow Dear brothers and sisters noble manners and honourable values that spread respect and affection among Muslims. It also warns us against following bad manners and dishonourable values. It was the mission of Prophet Muhammad to proclaim and call for these noble manners and values. He said in a Hadith, ‘I was sent to complete good morals and noble manners.’
Among these good manners and morals is to leave and ignore that which does not concern you; and not to interfere in other people’s affairs. The Prophet said, ‘From the good manners of Islam is to leave that which does not concern him.’ [Al-Tirmidhi]
A sign of one’s excellence in religion is that he ignores what does not concern him, including all things said or done. The Muslim should only participate in what concerns him, such as anything that is his property, right, obligation or under his control. To be concerned with something entails preserving and taking care of this thing that one is allowed to be concerned with.
As for the matters that do not concern one, there are many. Usually, when a person tries to interfere in such matters that do not concern him, he frequently uses his tongue. Muslims are ordered to utter only good words. Many people ignore the fact that in Islam, words are considered as actions. Such people care not about preserving their tongue from uttering evil or nonsense.
Dear brothers and sisters: Know that everyone should only talk about what might lead to benefit. When talking and being silent are equal in benefit, then the Sunnah is to be silent. This is because to be talkative will usually lead to uttering evil, even if it starts with seemingly harmless words. One should always be on the safe side, a state that is indeed desired.’ When a person utters only good words, he gains respect in his community. Likewise, if he is talkative and nosy, disrespectful then a bad reputation is the result.
The scholars explain that only things of true worldly benefit and the next life should concern one. Everything else is, in reality, is a waste of time and should, therefore be left, even when not in itself legally disliked or impermissible.
As for the merely permissible, it is the way of those seeking the path of the next life to have high intentions in such matters, which make them rewarded acts.
Some early Muslims said, ‘Whoever busies themselves with that which does not concern them misses out on much of that which does concern them.’
The Prophet [pbuh] said, ‘Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day, let him say what is good or remain silent.’ The Prophet [pbuh]:1. ‘O Messenger of Allah, which of the Muslims is best?’ And he said, ‘He who the Muslims are safe from his tongue and his hand.’
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