The Messenger of Allah (sa) said: “Indeed among the excellence of a person’s Islam is that he leaves what does not concern him.” (At-Tirmidhi) Perhaps, we’ve never needed these words more than today.
The Prophet (sa) used to speak in short, meaningful phrases, expressing through them lots of wisdom and benefit. The mentioned Hadeeth is a perfect example of it. These words lie at the foundations of the Islamic Ummah’s social culture, and only if people take heed of them, any society would be able to avoid many problems that are experienced today – both on individual and state level.
Many social ills sprout from the most ordinary human desires. For example, the stubbornness of a president, or the wish of common people to be in the centre of all scandals and intrigues. A huge industry is built to satisfy the latter, in which tremendous amounts of money are spent on acquiring ‘exclusive information’. Then even larger sums of money are earned through advertisement ratings that are based on blown-up gossip.
A great portion of society spends time and energy on doing the dirty laundry of people whom they have never met. They are interested in their personal lives: what they eat and wear, with whom they live, to whom they get married, from whom they get divorced, why they do it, or how they come out of maternity home…
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