عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ: قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ: «مِنْ حُسْنِ إِسْلَامِ المَرْءِ تَرْكُهُ مَا لَا يَعْنِيهِ»
Abu Hurairah رضي الله عنه) ) said: The Prophet (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) said: From the excellence of a person’s Islaam is that he leaves off that which doesn’t concern him.
(Tirmidhi, Hadeeth # 2017, Page 158, Publisher Altaaf and sons’)
This narration, the scholars of commentary say that this is quarter or even half of a person’s Deen. Such a short statement from the Prophet (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ) with such deep meaning.
The great commentator of hadith, Mulla Ali Qaari (رحمة الله عليه) explains this hadith most beautifully by saying:
One should stay away from those things which
1. Doesn’t benefit him in pleasing his Master
2. He can do without, meaning that his worldly life is more than possible and livable without it. Even his eternal life is possible without it. (by doing such things neither his worldly life nor eternal any benefit can be derived from such actions.)
By leaving out those things which doesn’t concern us, Allah will open up one’s heart, enlighten him with the noor of Iman and will cause tranquillity to encompass his heart.
All actions, statements and even thoughts that are unnecessary and doesn’t concern someone should be stayed away from.
On this note, it is necessary that whatever we do, there should be some level of self rectification and spiritual gain in this life and the next
As the great Imam Ghazali (رحمة الله عليه) mentions that the definition of staying away from such things which doesn’t concern us, is that if we were to speak of those things or we were to remain silent concerning those things, then there’s no sin in speaking about them or remain silent. Example, like narrating to your family about a trip that you may have undertaken and you are describing to them the beautiful trees and mountains. If you were to remain silent about this narration or spoken about it then there is no sin in narrating it. However, silence even in this case would have been better for you because precious time is being wasted by not doing some self rectification or spiritual benefit for the next life.