Hadith on Excess: The Perils of Nitpicking and Extremism in Religion

📖Sahih Muslim 2670
Abdullah reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: Ruined, were those who indulged in hair-splitting. He (the Holy Prophet) repeated this thrice.

  • The hadith emphasizes that such behavior is detrimental and “ruined” or condemned in Islam. It implies that indulging in hair-splitting can be harmful to individuals and communities, as it can lead to disputes, misunderstandings, and a waste of time and energy in unnecessary debates that do not contribute positively to one’s faith or relationships with others. It encourages Muslims to avoid excessive argumentation and focus on matters that are essential and beneficial for their spiritual growth, unity, and well-being.