Books written by eminent Islamic scholars are replete
with sayings that indicate an aversion to people who are referred to as being
thaqeel, which means burdensome. They are a people whose company is unbearable.
Imam Ahmad said that they are the people of innovation. Some have said that
they are the foolish ones in society, and others have stated that they are
people with coarse personalities, or that they are people of cold and colorless
(They are as blocks of wood propped up.) (Quran 63:
(So what is wrong with these people that they fail to
understand any word?) (Quran 4: 78)
Imam Ash-Shafiee said:
"When a dull person comes to sit with me, I begin
to feel that the earth beneath him is sinking from the heaviness of his company.
Al-A'mash, upon seeing this kind of person, would
('Our Lord! Remove the torment from us, really we
shall become believers!) (Quran 44: 12)
Allah, the Almighty, said:
(And when you see those who engage in a false
conversation about Our Verses [of the Qur'an] by mocking at them, stay away
(Quran 6: 68)
(….then sit not with them.) (Quran 4: 140)
People who are devoid of virtues, who have low aims,
and who easily succumb to their desires are among the most unbearable of people
to share company with.
(Then sit not with them, until they engage in a talk
other than that; [but if you stayed with them] certainly in that case you would
be like them.) (Qur'an 4: 140)
A poet said;
"Your company upon me is heavy, heavy, heavy, You
are in appearance a man yet an elephant in the scale of bad company."
Ibn al-Qayyim said:
"If you are forced to converse with someone who
is unbearable, lend him your body and deny him your spirit, and travel away
with your soul. Lend him a deaf ear and a blind eye until Allah makes a way for
you to part from his company. "
(And obey not him whose heart We have made heedless of
Our Remembrance, one who follows his own lusts and whose affair [deeds] has
been lost.) (Quran 18: 28)