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f:1205 - Wasting time on the roads and in bazaars
| Country : Hyderabad, India, |
Name : Muhammad Nadeem Ali
|Question: In our society, we see that usually young men spend hours sitting outside their houses or somewhere in the bazaar and simply talking. Is this correct?|
|Answer: Islam has given principles, rules and etiquette for each and every aspect of life. Sitting on the roads or bazaars and whiling away hours in talking is nothing but a waste of time and is also a source of trouble and harm to the passersby. For this reason, hanging about the on the roads without any permissible reason is not permitted. If one has to remain on the road for business or for similar reasons, then it is stressed that one should fulfill the rights of the road. As mentioned in this Hadith of Zujaajatul Masabeeh:|
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat Abu Sa’eed Khudri (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: You desist from sitting on the roads/paths. The Companions entreated: O Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)! Sometimes we have to do so as we have to talk. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) said: If you must do so, then fulfill the rights of the roads. The Companions asked: What are the rights of the road, O Prophet of Allah (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam)? He said: Lower your gaze, removing hurtful things from the path, returning the greeting of Salaam, enjoin good and forbid evil. It is mentioned in another narration: You help the oppressed and guide those who are lost. (Zujaajatul Masabeeh, Vol. 4, Pg. No. 7)
Spending hours together on the roads and/or bazaars in just talking is a grave waste of time. Time is a very valuable bounty about which we have been ordered to use it for virtue.
A Hadith is related in Mishkaat Ul Masabeeh:
Translation: It is narrated on the authority of Hadhrat ‘Umr bin Maimoon Audi (May Allah be well pleased with him) that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu alaihi wa sallam) advised a person in the words: You consider 5 things as a respite before 5 others. Youth before old age, health before disease, affluence before penury, leisure before engagements, life before death. (Mishkaat Ul Masabeeh, Pg. No. 443)
And Allah knows best.
Mufti Syed Ziauddin Naqshbandi
[Professor, Islamic Law, Jamia Nizamia,
Founder-Director Abul Hasanaat Islamic Research Center]