Wasting valuable time in pointless talk, gossip and chatter is something that few are able to avoid. Imam Al-Bayhaqi mentions valuable narrations in his book The Seventy-Seven Branches of Faith.

Allah’ the Most High, has said: “Successful are the believers, who are humble in their prayers, and who turn away from pointless talk,” (Qur’an, 23:1-3) and: “Those who do not bear witness to what is false, but when they pass by pointless talk, pass by with dignity.” (Qur’an, 25:72) and: “When they hear pointless talk, they turn away from it.” (Qur’an, 28:55)

Pointless talk (laghw) is speech which is futile and irrelevant, and bears no relation to any true purpose. It brings no benefit to the one who utters it, and may well bring him misfortune instead.

Ali (may Allah be pleased with him) related that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “It is part of a man’s sound practice of Islam that he leaves alone that which is of no concern to him.” (Al-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah)

Dhu’l-Nun said, “Whoever loves Allah, lives truly, and whoever is inclined to anything else damages his mind. A foolish man comes and goes, paying attention to what is nothing, while the intelligent man thinks over his own thoughts scrupulously.”