Ten Useless Matters


There are ten useless matters:

  1. Knowledge that is not acted on
  2. The deed is neither sincere nor based on following the righteous examples of others
  3. Money that is hoarded, as the owner neither enjoys it during this life nor obtains any reward for it in the Hereafter
  4. The heart that is empty of love and longing for Allah, and of seeking closeness to Him
  5. A body that does not obey and serve Allah
  6. Loving Allah without following His orders or seeking His pleasure
  7. Time that is not spent in expiating sins or seizing opportunities to do good
  8. A mind that thinks about useless matters
  9. Serving those who do not bring you close to Allah, nor benefit you in your life
  10. Hoping and fearing whoever is under the authority of Allah and in His hand; while he cannot bring any benefit or harm to himself, nor death, nor life; nor can he resurrect himself.

The greatest of these matters are wasting the heart and wasting time. Wasting the heart is done by preferring this worldly life over the Hereafter, and wasting time is done by having incessant hope. Destruction occurs by following one’s desires and having incessant hope, while all goodness is found in following the right path and preparing oneself to meet Allah.

How strange it is that when a servant of Allah has a [worldly] problem, he seeks help of Allah, but he never asks Allah to cure his heart before it dies of ignorance, neglect, fulfilling one’s desires and being involved in innovations. Indeed, when the heart dies, he will never feel the significance or impact of his sins.

Source: Al Fawaid by Imam Ibnul Qayyim al Jawziyyah rahimahullah

-Fi Amanillah-


6 thoughts on “Ten Useless Matters

  1. Salaam Nida,

    Thanks for stopping by. Ameen to your du’a! I think the first step is developing consciousness of these kinds of things within ourselves. If we can do that, at least we know our hearts are being tested for piety rather than remaining unaware and heedless.
    Allahu A’lam

    • I agree. Gaining awareness is the first step.

      Another question: How do you deal with people who’s only goal in life is to surmount money, to eat and sleep all day. It bothers me so much – to the amount that I don’t want to hang out with them. What can you suggest?

      • I try not to be around people like that because their negative energy about life just brings be down lol. but I know what you mean, sometimes you wonder if those people have an iota’s worth of motivation within them.. or anything that could possibly inspire them to do more than just chase the dunya. My limited experience has been that they need some sort of shock.. this could be a crisis or a positive experience that really moves them without the force of any one individual. I think we often like quick fix solutions, especially for people we know and care about but that’s very rare. I’m hardly the person to ask, but I would suggest talking to them about the many blessings of Allah. We sit in comfortable, warm homes while others are suffering from diseases, locked up without a cause, facing financial problems, family problems, lacking basic necessities, etc. We can’t even begin to enumerate the blessings of Allah, yet we’re so restless about hoarding things that won’t bring us any benefit. What’s the point of thinking about money so much when Allah ‘azzawajal has already calculated our rizq 50,000 years before creation? It doesn’t make sense. This is just something I try to keep to keep in mind. Allahu A’lam. :)

  2. Thank you for your insight. May allah bring you close to him and you taste it’s sweetness in this life and in the hereafter. ameen :)

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