Abstaining from what does not Concern the Muslim

Abu Hurayrah (radi Allahu anhu) said: The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “From the perfection of a person’s Islam is abstaining from that which does not concern him.”

[Hadith Hasan related by Imam at-Tirmidhi and others]

Commentary:

This hadith is a principle concerning manners and sound guidance. It (i.e. that principle) is a person should abstain from what does not concern him, meaning that which does not affect him and has no connection to him. This is from the perfection of his Islam. It is also ease for him since if he is not burdened with it, it will definitely be an ease for him and his soul.

So the benefit we get from this hadith is:

Firstly: Islam (i.e. a person’s Islam) is on different levels. From it is that which is perfect, and from it is that which is not perfect due to his statement, “From the perfection of a person’s Islam.”

And from the Benefits of this hadith:

  1. It is appropriate that a person abstains from what does not concern him in affairs of his religion and the life of this world since that is more preserving of his time, safer for his religion, and easier for him to achieve. If he were to enter into the affairs of the people that do not concern him, he would tire. Nevertheless, if he were to turn away from that and not busy himself with it except for what concerned him, it would be peace and serenity for him.
  2. A person should not neglect what does concern him, i.e. that which concerns him from the affairs of his religion and the life of this world. Rather, he should pay attention to it, busy himself with it, and pursue (the path) that is closest to obtaining his goal.

And Allah Knows Best!

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