I am starting this article after having some discussion in Hijab Community in Orkut. Well I never thought of anything like chatting with someone via internet would fall under Vain Talks. In fact I thought that whatever I chat is something useful for us, or at least for me.
Regarding Vain Talks brother Ahmed created a thread in that community called "Vain Talks" in which he has put some Hadeeths of our beloved Prophet. But those Hadeeths did not make me think over what I used to chat. So I continued with my chatting in the net.
One day I again had some discussion in that community. There it was regarding the beard thing. But the topic deviated from its originality and we went some where else and had started to have chit chat. But later one of our moderators stoped us from having chit chat and told us to take the other thread which was specifically meant for chit chat. But there again Ahmed bhai told me that if we discuss in that thread it would be a vain talk. I got angry. What does it mean if we have some discussion how does it mean Vain Talk?
Then something struck my mind. A word came into my mind and that is "Laghv" and I think this was the word which Ahmed bhai wanted to convey. Then I searched the Quran and got satisfactory answers. I think it would be better to share it with all of you so that you also refrain from Vain Talks.
At first I saw this verse 23:1-3. Let me put the translation from English Tafheem.
(23:1) Most certainly those Believers have attained true success
(23:2) who perform their Salat with humility:
(23:3) who refrain from vain things:
Then I read the commentary made by Maulana Maududi (Alaihi Rahma). It was enough for me to understand what Laghv means. Rather than explaining what I understood I think it would be better if I would produce the same commentary here.
Literally, laghv is anything nonsensical, meaningless and vain, which is in no way conducive to achieving one's goal and purpose in life. The Believers pay no heed to such useless things and they show no inclination or interest for them. If by chance they see such things being indulged in, they keep away and avoid them scrupulously, or treat them with utmost indifference. This attitude has been described in Al-Furqan 25:72,
"(And the servants of the Merciful are those:) who do not bear witness to falsehood and who; if they have ever to pass by what is vain, pass by like dignified people"
This is indeed one of the outstanding characteristics of the Believer. He is a person who feels the burden of responsibility at all times; he regards the world as a place of test, and the life as the limited time allowed for the test. This feeling makes him behave seriously and responsibly throughout life just like the student who is taking an examination paper with his whole mind and body and soul absorbed in it. Just as the student knows and feels that each moment of the limited time at his disposal is important and decisive for his future life, and is not inclined to waste it, so the Believer also spends each moment of his life on works which are useful and productive in their ultimate results. So much so that even in matters of recreation and sport, he makes a choice of only those things which prepare him for higher ends in life and do not result in mere wastage of time. For hitn time is not something to be killed but used profitably and productively.
Besides this, the Believer is a person who possesses a right thinking mind, pure nature and fine taste: he has no inclination to indecent things: he can talk useful and healthy things but cannot indulge in idle talk: he has a fine taste of humour, but is not given to jesting, joking, ridicule, etc. nor can he endure dirty jokes and fun. For him a society in which the ears are never immune from abusive language, back-biting, slander; lying, dirty songs and indecent talk is a source of torture and agony. A characteristic of the promised Paradise is: " . . therein you will not hear anything vain or useless."
And the other verse regarding Vain Talk is 25:72
(And the servants of the Merciful are those:) who do not bear witness to falsehood and who; if they have ever to pass by what is vain, pass by like dignified people.
Commentary is as follows.
The Arabic word laghv implies all that is vain, useless and meaningless and it also covers "falsehood". The true servants pass by in a dignified manner if ever they come across "what is vain", as if it were a heap of
tilth. They do not tarry there to enjoy the "filth" of moral impurity, obscenity or foul language, nor do they intentionally go anywhere to hear or see or take part in any sort of "filth".
Tafheemul Quran in English,
http://www.tafheem.net/tafheem/surah25.html and http://www.tafheem.net/tafheem/surah23.html