Message Of The Week: Ugly Pursuits

In the name of God, compassionate & merciful بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ | Peace be with you السلام عليكم

The beloved Prophet Muhammad ﷺ of Islam said:
"The beauty of Islam lies in a person giving up indulgence in all things which are unnecessary (la-ya`ni)."

The Arabic word 'la-ya`ni' covers both actions and speeches. But under the common usage unnecessary things means unnecessary talk. The beauty of a person's Islamic faith is:

1) That he should not indulge in useless conversation. (Imam Ahmed)
2) A person who keeps a watch over his actions and speech, so that he will get accustomed to indulging only in useful talk.
3) Respect Mo'aadh asked Prophet Muhammad ﷺ 'O Apostle of Allah! Shall we be asked to account for our conversation with one another?' He ﷺ replied: 'Why not. Most people will fall head-long into Hell due to their useless talk.'
4) Umm Habibah narrated that the Holy Prophet ﷺ said:
'Whatever thr son of Adam utters is of no advantage except - (i) his advice for a good deed; (ii) his provision to avoid evil; (iii) and his remembrance of Allah, the Exalted.
5) One of the companions of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ passed away and somebody said: "Good tidings of Heaven for you!' The Prophet ﷺ interjected him and said: "You are not aware if he may have uttered a useless speech or he may have displayed miserliness despite his excess of every worldly thing".
6) A man came to the Prophet ﷺ and said: "O Prophet of Allah! I am the chief of my people and they obey me in every way. What should I ask them to do?" He ﷺ said: "Tell them to exchange greetings with all the people. Whether they are acquainted or not; and let them give up all unnecessary and useless activities."
7) Some people visited a companion during his illness and found him quite cheerful. They asked him the cause of his cheerfulness, he replied: "I have two such qualities which are giving me hope of salvation; I never indulged in useless, unnecessary conversation; and (2) I kept my heart free of grudges and rancour against any Muslim."

Imam Malik said: "Somebody asked Luqman Hakim how he had attained such a lofty spiritual status. He (Luqman) replied: By three habits: (i) Truthfulness in speech; (ii) Guarding of trust handed over to me; and (iii) Avoiding all useless and unnecessary talk."


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