Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam said:
“Work on making good use of your time. Do not waste your time. Always try to bring about some benefit from your social gatherings.
So if you see people talking about food, drink, telling jokes, etc., tell them, “Brothers, I read a story today to tell you about something that happened in Syria, or something that the Afghans did,” or say, “What do you think about this hadeeth? I read the tafseer of this verse to tell you about,” etc.
Benefit them in this gathering, and occupy them with something that will benefit them.”
[At-Tarbiyyah Al-Jihaadiyyah Wal-Bina, 5/35]