Qualities of the People of Jannah – Part 3: Avoid Vain Talk!

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Amreen Rehman

Amreen Rehman is Freelance Writer and Coordinator of "Rising Youth Forum", Islamic workshops for girls.

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 “Those who avoid vain talk”

The Arabic word used for vain talk is ‘Laghv’, which literally means ‘anything useless and vain’. It implies any action or deed, which is of no benefit. In extreme form, it means great sins. It is any activity, which is of no benefit in this world and the hereafter. Believers pay no heed to such useless things. All time wasters would be included in Laghv, such as watching useless things on TV, endless chatting on phone or useless surfing on the internet.

In order to develop Khushu in Salah, one must avoid Laghv activities, as these decreases one’s focus on Allah (swt).  What we do affects our Salah: for example, if I get up to pray after watching a movie, the state of my mind would be different, as compared to doing Salah after reading the Quran. Getting up to pray during a TV show would keep my mind busy on the show, and I would quickly offer my Salah to ensure that I would not miss the next scene. Thus, it’s highly important to eliminate such activities and make plan for diminishing them from our lives altogether, so we can develop Khushu and become true Momins.

Laghv type of activities take us away also from our goals, as they divert our attention from important tasks to trivial issues. Our efforts and energies are exhausted on things, which add no value to our lives. This concept can be better understood through Steven Covey’s time management quadrants. He advocates the use of four quadrants for determining the tasks that need to be done and deciding priorities.


  • In Quadrant 1 (top left) we have important, urgent items – items that need to be dealt with immediately.
  • In Quadrant 2 (top right) we have important, but not urgent items – items that are important but do not require your immediate attention, and need to be planned for. This quadrant is highlighted because Covey emphasizes this is the quadrant that we should focus on for long term achievement of goals.
  • In Quadrant 3 (bottom left) we have urgent but unimportant items – items, which should be minimized or eliminated. These are the time takers, the “poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part” variety of tasks.
  • In Quadrant 4 (bottom right) we have unimportant and also not urgent items – items that don’t have to be done anytime soon, perhaps add little to no value and also should be minimized or eliminated. These are often trivial time wasters.

Quadrant 4 (not urgent and not important)

This is the least productive zone of our lives, as reflected in the following image:

rhino and elephant

Clearly, not urgent and not important – and an obvious time waste! All Laghv activities would come in this quadrant.  If we want to achieve our goal of attaining Jannah, we must analyze all our activities. This 4 quadrant system can help us understand and evaluate our day to day activities.

A believer, who wants to achieve his goals according to this quadrant system, must stay in quadrant 2, as it is the most productive zone and helps one achieve his goals smoothly.

(Read the introductory article to the series here.)

Time management quadrants taken from:http://sidsavara.com/personal-development/nerdy-productivity-coveys-time-management-matrix-illustrated-with-xkcd-comics

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