Leave What Doesn’t Concern You

Sohbet by Mawlana Shaykh Muhammad Adil [04/03/2021]

“ Our Holy Prophet ﷺ states: ِمن ُحسِنإسالَِمالامرِءتارُكهُاماالايعنِيِه
“Part of the perfection of one’s Islam is his leaving that which does not concern him.” This Hadith is a famous Hadith. It’s a strong Hadith that was narrated by many Sahaba (companions). The sign of a person’s Islam being good and beautiful is not to look at or interfere in things that doesn’t concern him. To look after things that one needs and one is concerned with, that is the duty. Our duty is enough for us after all, you need not to interfere in things that do not concern you, says our Holy Prophet ﷺ. This applies to works of religion and to works of this world.

In religious matters, Allah ﷻ has given everyone things to do. Those who would like to increase their knowledge, there are things that they can be interested in and spend their time in. For people who want to go even higher, there are things that they’ll be interested in and things that aren’t relevant to them. The regular Muslim takes care of their Wuḍūʾ (ablution), prayers and their Ghusl (full ablution); every Muslim should know these. If they want to learn more, then they do so from a Hoca, Imam or Aalim (scholar); a person cannot do it by themselves. In order to be able to do it by oneself, you do that later by looking at books and knowing what to take out from which sources, but that’s done after one gets Ijazah (certification) from an authorized one. If not, then instead of getting benefit they would be doing harm; they would be harming both themselves and those around them because our Holy Prophet ﷺ says: “Those who give Fatwa ignorantly should take their seat in hellfire.” But people of today give Fatwas easily as if they’re talking politics; whereas if it was [about] politics it could be. Now there’s democracy, even a person off the street who doesn’t know anything can become a politician, enter the parliament and speak politics, but religion is not so.

Whatever that is, from the smallest thing to the largest thing, when a person does work, they should do it properly and with due diligence. That is what they should be concerned with and they will receive its rewards from Allah ﷻ both in this world and in the hereafter. This is a beautiful advice. All of the Hadiths of the
Prophet ﷺ are advice, ‘ُال ِدي ان ال َّن ِصي احة’, ‘Religion is advice’. Those who follow it and accept it will reach felicity in this world and the next. May Allah ﷻ help us all to go on this path.”

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