Today’s Hadith: Recognizing Wisdom

The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “If you find a person who abstains from worldly possessions and avoids vain talk, then be close to him, for such a person is blessed with divine wisdom.” [Bayhaqi]

The signs of a person’s wisdom are:

1. Aloofness from worldly possessions.

A person who abstains from worldly possessions doesn’t see somebody’s house and yearn for one like it, or die for their clothes, or drool over their lifestyle; the perishable things of this world are not foremost in their minds nor the subject of their conversations.

2. Avoidance of vain talk.

What is vain talk?

It is reported from Ibn Abi Dunya that Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “Don’t engage yourselves in talking about people, for it is a misfortune; rather, make remembering Allah binding upon yourselves.”

He (may Allah be pleased with him) also said: “Make the remembering of Allah indispensable (for yourselves), for it is a cure and avoid talking about people, for it is an illness.”

The wise people whom we have been advised to maximize our closeness with, are to be recognized by their abstention
(1) from worldly possessions and
(2) from vain talk.

“When you stain your tongue with slander, backbiting and gossip, your spirituality goes down significantly. You may think you’re harming the other person but in actual fact, you’re harming yourself. So learn to hold your tongue because it has the power of life and death!.”

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