“One sign of a good Muslim is that he abstains from futile talk and unnecessary things.” (Abu Dawood Shareef)
Indeed, an unambiguous, clear and explicit statement of the Master, Nabi Muhammad (ﷺ). This distinctive Hadith identifies the status and standing of a Muslim in a most profound manner.
It is an open secret that we are all aware of our surroundings and the time we spend in unnecessary, vain, futile and frivolous activities. Such worthless acts reap no benefit in this world or in the Hereafter. Included in such valueless pursuits are idle talks, gossiping, slandering, backbiting, vanity, pride and other nonsensical trivialities.
It is a common observation at the different functions, “after-Salah-chit-chats”, at funerals, walimās, etc. that numerous discussions veer off and swerve in different directions. Yet, one could take full advantage of such gatherings in order to promote and generate Allah-pleasing and Deeni thoughts. Insha Allah (انشا ء الله), the promotion of such mind-sets could greatly contribute towards the creation of an atmosphere of Allah-consciousness and an abiding love for His most beloved, Nabi-e-Akram, Janāb-e-Muhammad (ﷺ).
Indeed, it will be most unwise to preach and sermonise in a negative manner. One could, e.g. refer to some interesting and awe-inspiring episode from the glorious life of Nabi (عليه السلام) or the Sahaba Kirām (رضوان الله تعا لى عنهم اجمعين). Even some morale-boosting occurrences or experiences from the sacrifices of our learned and pious predecessors’ رحمة الله عليهم)) could serve as a wholesome and productive topic for discussion.
Yes, in order to strike a balance and capture the interest of the youngsters in the gathering, some topical issue could also be incorporated in the discussion.
The main thrust is to distance ourselves from trivialities and direct the mind and thought towards our ultimate goal … the hereafter … and our eventual meeting with our beloved Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) and His most beloved, Nabi-e-Akram, Janāb-e-Muhammad Mustapha (ﷺ).