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Faith الايمان

Hadith on Rage: Allah fills with faith those who swallow and control their anger

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever grants respite to someone in difficulty or alleviates him, then Allah will save him from the gates of Hell. No doubt, the deeds of Paradise are difficult to reach for they are atop a hill and the deeds of Hellfire […]

Hadith on Supplication: If you want Allah to answer you in hardship, then supplicate in ease

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever would be pleased for Allah to answer him during times of hardship and difficulty, then let him increase his supplications during times of ease.” Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3382 Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Ibn Hajar عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ […]

Hadith on Islam: This religion will reach everywhere in the world and honor the believers

Tameem Ad-Dari reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “This matter will certainly reach every place reached by the night and day, and Allah will not leave a house or residence except that this religion will enter it, by which the honorable will be honored and the disgraceful […]

Righteousness البر

Hadith on Fathers: The father is the middle gate of Paradise, so keep to it

Abu Ad-Darda reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The father is the middle of the gates of Paradise, so keep this gate or lose it.” Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 3663 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to At-Tirmidhi عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءِ سَمِعَ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ يَقُولُ الْوَالِدُ أَوْسَطُ أَبْوَابِ الْجَنَّةِ فَأَضِعْ […]

Hadith on Supplication: The praise and glory of Allah remove sins like falling leaves

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by a tree with dry leaves, so he struck it with his staff making the leaves fall. The Prophet said, “Verily, the praise of Allah, the glorification of Allah, the declaration there is no God but Allah, and the exaltation […]

Hadith on Benefit: Whoever can benefit his brother should do so

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: A man was stung by a scorpion while we were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him. Another man said, “O Messenger of Allah, I will supplicate over him.” The Prophet said, “Whoever among you is able to benefit his brother, then let him do so.” […]

Sin سيئة

Hadith on Hereafter: The sinful monotheists will enter Hellfire first and then enter Paradise

Jabir reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Some people who worshiped Allah alone will be punished in the Hellfire until they are coals. Then the mercy of Allah will reach them and they will be taken out and presented at the gates of Paradise. The people of Paradise will […]

Hadith on Forgiveness: Blessed is one who often seeks forgiveness from Allah

Abdullah ibn Busr reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Blessed is he who finds many prayers for forgiveness in his record.” Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 3818 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to As-Suyuti عن عبد الله بن بسر قَالَ قَالَ النَّبِيُّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ طُوبَى لِمَنْ وَجَدَ فِي صَحِيفَتِهِ اسْتِغْفَارًا كَثِيرًا […]

Hadith on Envy: People will be good as long as they do not envy one another

Damura ibn Tha’laba reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The people will remain upon goodness as long as they do not envy each other.” Source: Mu’jam Al-Kabeer 8079 Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Haythami عَنْ ضَمُرَةَ بْنِ ثَعْلَبَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لا يَزَالُ النَّاسُ […]

Quran Exegesis التفسير

Hadith on Persecution: The Prophet fought for religious freedom, not political authority

Sa’eed ibn Jubair reported: We were met by Abdullah ibn Umar and we hoped that he would narrate to us a good saying. A man approached him and he said, “O Abu Abdur Rahman, tell us about fighting during times of persecution as Allah said: And fight until there is no more persecution.” (2:193) Ibn […]

Umar on Gratitude: O Allah, make us among the few who are grateful to you

Al-Qurtubi reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, heard a man saying, “O Allah, make me among the few.” Umar said, “What is this supplication?” The man said, “I refer to the saying of Allah the Exalted: And few of My servants are grateful.” (34:13) Umar said, “All of the people know […]

Jesus on Excellence: True goodness is to be good to those who are evil to you

Ash-Sha’bi reported: Jesus the son of Mary, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, excellence (ihsan) is that you are good to those who are evil to you, not that you are good only to those who are good to you.” Source: Tafseer Ibn Kathir 29:69 عَنِ الشَّعْبِيِّ قَالَ قَالَ عِيسَى ابْنُ مَرْيَمَ عَلَيْهِ […]

Wisdom حكمة

Umar on Judgment: The commander of the faithful judges with the truth in favor of the Jew

Sa’eed ibn Al-Musayyib reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, was presented with a dispute between a Muslim and a Jew. Umar believed that the truth was on the side of the Jew, so he passed judgment in his favor. The Jew said to him, “By Allah, you have judged with the […]

Hadith on Enthusiasm: He has succeeded whose enthusiasm for Islam is proper and moderate

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, everything has an enthusiasm and every enthusiasm has its limits. Whoever does so properly and moderately will have hope for success, but whoever earns fingers of accusation will not be deemed worthy.” Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2453, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to At-Tirmidhi […]

Hadith on Prayer: Pray as if you are saying farewell to the world

Abu Ayyub reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “O Messenger of Allah, teach me something and make it concise.” The Prophet said, “When you stand to pray, then pray as if it were a farewell prayer. Do not say anything for which you must apologize […]

Scholars العلماء

Umar on Leadership: How can the commander of the faithful lead unless he suffers with the people?

At-Tabari reported: The people of Medina and surrounding areas were afflicted by a famine during the leadership of Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him. The wind blew dust as if it were ashes, so it was called the year of ashes. Umar vowed never to taste butter, milk, or meat until the […]

As-Suyuti on Law: There is no condemnation for Muslims who follow different scholarly opinions

As-Suyuti said, “A principle of Islamic law states that there is no condemnation of others in matters of scholarly disagreement. Rather, there is only condemnation in matters upon which all the scholars have agreed.” Source: Al-Ashbah wa Natha’ir 2/35 Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Whoever acts according to the opinions of scholars in matters of juristic discretion (ijtihad) […]

Ash-Shafi’ee on Debate: I do not mind if Allah brings the truth through my opponent

Abu Na’eem reported: Ash-Shafi’ee, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “I never debated anyone except that I would love for him to be reconciled, to be satisfied, and to be helped and for him to be in the care of Allah and His protection. And I never debated with anyone except that I did […]

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Umar on Humility: May Allah have mercy on one who shows me my flaws

July 26, 2015

Al-Ghazali reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, would say, “May Allah have mercy on the one who shows my faults to me.” Source: Ihya Ulum ud-Deen 182 عن الغزالي كَانَ عمر رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ يَقُولُ رَحِمَ اللَّهُ امْرَأً أَهْدَى إِلَيَّ عُيُوبِي 182 موعظة المؤمنين من إحياء علوم الدين

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Abu Ad-Darda on Learning: Knowledge and forbearance only come from nurturing these qualities

July 26, 2015

Raja’ ibn Haywah reported: Abu Ad-Darda, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Verily, knowledge only comes by learning and forbearance only comes by cultivating forbearance. Whoever aims for good will receive goodness and whoever seeks to evade evil will be protected from it.” Source: Rawdat Al-‘Uqala Ibn Hibban 100 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to […]

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Sufyan on Confidence: If you know yourself, then you will not be harmed by slander and gossip

July 25, 2015

Ibn Al-Mubarak reported: Sufyan At-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “If you know yourself, then you will not be harmed by whatever is said about you.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awilya 6/390 عن ابن المبارك قَالَ قَالَ سُفْيَانُ الثَّوْرِيُّ رحمه الله إِذَا عَرَفْتَ نَفْسَكَ لَمْ يَضُرَّكَ مَا قِيلَ فِيكَ 6/390 حلية الأولياء وطبقات الأصفياء ذكر […]

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Hadith on Patience: A time will come when practicing Islam is like holding a hot coal

July 23, 2015

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There will come a time of patience upon people wherein one adhering to his religion will be as if he were grasping a hot coal.” Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2260 Grade: Sahih li ghayri (authentic due to external evidence) according to […]

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Hadith on Night Decree: Supplication for forgiveness on Laylat Al-Qadr in Ramadan

July 12, 2015

Aisha reported: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I see that you know which night is the Night of Decree. What should I say during it?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Say: O Allah, you are pardoning and generous. You love to forgive, so forgive me.” Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi […]

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Hadith on Rights: Your own body has rights over you, so take care of it

July 6, 2015

Aisha reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, sent for Uthman ibn Mazh’un and he came. The Prophet said, “O Uthman, do you not desire my practice?” Uthman said, “O Messenger of Allah, no by Allah. I seek your practice.” The Prophet said, “Verily, I sleep and I pray, I fast and I […]

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Sulaiman on Fasting: You must behave with serenity and dignity while fasting

July 5, 2015

Ibn Mubarak reported: Sulaiman ibn Musa said, “When you fast, then let your hearing, seeing, and tongue fast from lies and do not harm your servants. You must behave with serenity and dignity. Do not make the days you fast the same as days you are not fasting.” Source: Az-Zuhd Ibn Mubarak 452 عن ابن […]

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Umar on Marriage: Nothing benefits a man after faith as much as a righteous wife

June 15, 2015

Abu Na’eem reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Nothing benefits a man after faith in Allah as much as a wife with good character, loving and fertile. Nothing harms a man after unbelief in Allah as much as a wife with evil character and a sharp tongue.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya […]

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Hadith on Funerals: The Prophet’s beautiful supplication for the deceased

June 11, 2015

Awf ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, performed the funeral prayer and I memorized his supplication, “O Allah, forgive him, have mercy on him, make him well, and pardon him. Dignify his residence and make his resting place spacious. Cleanse him with water, snow, and ice. Purify him […]

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Hadith on Supplication: O Allah, I seek refuge in you from the evil I have done

June 8, 2015

Aisha reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would say in his supplications, “O Allah, I seek refuge in you from the evil I have done and the evil I have not done.” Source: Sahih Muslim 2716 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim عَنْ عَائِشَةَ أَنَّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ يَقُولُ […]

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Hasan on Responsibility: The believer is a guardian over himself and holds himself accountable

June 3, 2015

Ibn Al-Mubarak reported: Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, the believer is a guardian over himself and he holds himself accountable to Allah the Exalted. Verily, the reckoning will only be lightened on the Day of Resurrection for people who held themselves accountable in this world. Verily, the reckoning will only […]

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Ibrahim on Mercy: A man has wronged me so I will have mercy on him

June 2, 2015

Adh-Dhahabi reported: Ibrahim At-Taymi, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Indeed, a man has wronged me, so I will have mercy on him.” Source: Siyar A’lam An-Nubula 5/61 عن الذهبي عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ التَّيْمِيِّ رحمه الله قَالَ إِنَّ الرَّجُلَ لَيَظْلِمُنِي فَأَرْحَمُهُ 5/61 سير أعلام النبلاء الطبقة الثانية إبراهيم بن يزيد

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Abu Hazim on Worship: Allah will take care of those who worship Him well

May 16, 2015

Adh-Dhahabi reported: Abu Hazim said, “No servant behaves well between himself and Allah except that Allah will set right what is between him and the creation. No servant behaves badly between himself and Allah except that Allah will ruin what is between him and the creation.” Source: Siyar A’lam An-Nubula 6/100 عن الذهبي وقال أبو […]

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Hadith on Muhammad: They would love to see the Prophet even at great cost to themselves

April 22, 2015

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Among the strongest in love for me in my nation are some people who will come after me. One of them would wish to see me even at the cost of his family and wealth.” Source: Sahih Muslim 2832 Grade: Sahih […]

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Hadith on Humility: Rather, I will be a prophet servant and not a king

April 16, 2015

Ibn Abbas reported: Allah sent an angel to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, along with the Angel Gabriel, upon him be peace. The angel said, “O Muhammad, Allah the Exalted has given you the choice to be a prophet servant or a prophet king.” The Prophet turned to Gabriel for advice and […]

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Hadith on Conflict: I will boast of your greater numbers, so do not fight each other

April 12, 2015

Sunabih Al-Ahmasi reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No doubt I will reach the Cistern (al-hawd) ahead of you and I will be proud of your great numbers before the nations, so do not fight each other after me.” Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 3944 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani عَنْ […]

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Iyas on Hearts: The foolish man cannot recognize the defects in his own soul

April 12, 2015

Ibn Asakir reported: Iyas ibn Mu’awiya said, “No man does not recognize the defects in his soul except that he is the greatest fool.” It was said, “O Abu Wathila, what is your defect?” Iyas said, “Speaking too much.” Source: Tareekh Dimashq 7784 عن بن عساكر قَالَ إياس بْن مُعَاوِيَة ما من رجل لا يعرف […]

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Hadith on Knowledge: Ask Allah for knowledge which benefits you

April 11, 2015

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Ask Allah for beneficial knowledge and seek refuge in Allah from knowledge without benefit.” Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 3843 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to As-Suyuti عَنْ جَابِرٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ سَلُوا اللَّهَ عِلْمًا نَافِعًا وَتَعَوَّذُوا […]

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Hadith on Wealth: I do not fear poverty for you, but rather the increase in wealth

April 10, 2015

Amr ibn Awf reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “By Allah, it is not poverty I fear for you, but rather I fear you will be given the wealth of the world just as it was given to those before you and you will compete for it just as […]

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Hadith on Tribulation: How will you be when the wealth of the world is given to you?

April 10, 2015

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If the treasures of Persia and Rome were opened for you, what kind of people will you be?” Abdur Rahman ibn Awf said, “We will be as Allah has ordered us.” The Prophet said, “Perhaps you will be something else. […]

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Hadith on Knowledge: The virtue of knowledge is more beloved than the virtue of worship

April 4, 2015

Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The virtue of knowledge is more beloved to me than the virtue of worship, and the best of your religion is mindfulness (al-wara’).” Source: Al-Adab Al-Bayhaqi 818 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Mindfulness means to […]

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Hadith on Prayer: O Allah, guide me to the most righteous deeds and character

April 1, 2015

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: When the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, began his prayer, he would exalt Allah and then say, “Verily, my prayer, my rites, my life, and my death are for Allah the Lord of the worlds. He has no partner and with this I have been commanded and I am […]

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Hadith on Charms: Whoever hangs an amulet will be entrusted to it

March 31, 2015

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever ties a knot and blows on it has performed magic, and whoever performs magic has committed idolatry. Whoever hangs something as a charm will be entrusted to it.” Source: Sunan An-Nasa’i 4079 Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Ibn Muflih عَنْ […]

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Hadith on Charms: Spells, amulets, and charms are acts of idolatry

March 31, 2015

Zainab reported: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “Verily, spells, amulets, and charms are acts of idolatry.” I said, “Why do you say this? I swear by Allah that when my eye was twitching I would go to a Jewish man who would cast […]

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Hadith on Marriage: Recommendation to marry couples of similar age

March 28, 2015

Burda reported: Abu Bakr and Umar, may Allah be pleased with them, offered a marriage proposal to the Prophet’s daughter Fatimah. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, she is young.” Then Ali offered a marriage proposal and the Prophet married her to him. Source: Sunan An-Nasa’i 3221 Grade: Sahih […]

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Hadith on Supplication: Bring us the new moon with faith, peace, and Islam

March 16, 2015

Talha ibn Ubaid reported: If the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, saw the crescent moon, he would say, “O Allah, bring it over us with blessings and faith, safety and Islam. My Lord and your Lord is Allah.” Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3451 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani عَنْ طَلْحَةَ بْنِ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ […]

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Hadith on Silence: Those who are silent are saved from speaking evil

March 16, 2015

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever is silent has been saved.” Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 2501, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir Al-Baji said, “It means he should be silent when there is no good in speaking.” Source: Sharh Muwatta Malik 1678 عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ […]

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Hadith on Hereafter: Those whose last deeds are righteous will enter Paradise

March 16, 2015

Hudhaifa reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever declares there is no God but Allah seeking the countenance of Allah as his last deed, he will enter Paradise. Whoever fasts a day seeking the countenance of Allah as his last deed, he will enter Paradise. Whoever gives in charity seeking the […]

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Abu Ad-Darda on Wisdom: Silence is a type of wisdom but not many practice it

March 13, 2015

Ibn Abdul Barr reported: Abu Ad-Darda, may Allah be pleased with him, would say, “Silence is a form of wisdom, yet few people practice it.” Source: Jami’ Bayan Al-‘Ilm 628 عن ابن عبد البر عَنْ أَبِي الدَّرْدَاءَ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ أَنَّهُ كَانَ يَقُولُ الصَّمْتُ حِكَمٌ وَقَلِيلٌ فَاعِلُهُ 628 جامع بيان العلم وفضله لابن عبد البر […]

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Umair on Faith: Our faith increases when we remember our Lord and fear Him

March 10, 2015

Abu Ja’far reported: Umair ibn Habib, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Faith increases and decreases.” It was said, “How does it increase and decrease?” Umair said, “If we remember our Lord and fear him, then it will increase. If we are heedless and we forget and we waste our time, then it will […]

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Ahnaf on Envy: No rest and relaxation for the envious and hateful

March 8, 2015

Muwariq reported: Ahnaf ibn Qais, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Five things are as I say: There is no rest for the envious, there is no chivalry for the liar, there is no loyalty for kings, there is no escape for the miser, and there is no respect for bad character.” Source: Shu’b Al-Iman […]

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Hadith on Masjid: Whoever comes to the mosque is the guest of Allah

March 8, 2015

Salman Al-Farsi reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever performs ablution well in his home and thereafter comes to the mosque, then he is the guest of Allah and it is a duty upon the host to honor his guest.” Source: Mu’jam Al-Kabeer 6010 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Haythami عَنْ […]

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Believers: Their righteous hearts and supplications are the unbeatable army

March 7, 2015

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “The Muslims in the eastern and western lands have a single heart in loyalty to Allah, His Messenger, and the believers, and in opposing the enemies of Allah, His Messenger, and the believers. Their truthful hearts and righteous prayers are the army which will not be defeated and the soldier which will not […]

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Ibn Mas’ud on Certainty: Patience is half of faith and certainty is faith in its entirety

March 7, 2015

Alqamah repoted: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Patience is half of faith and certainty is faith in its entirety.” Source: Shu’b Al-Iman 9083 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Haythami عَنْ عَلْقَمَةَ قَالَ قَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ الصَّبْرُ نِصْفُ الإِيمَانِ وَالْيَقِينُ الإِيمَانُ كُلُّهُ 9083 شعب الإيمان للبيهقي السبعون من شعب الإيمان المحدث […]

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Hadith on Sins: We restrained ourselves and had hope for the people of major sins

March 5, 2015

Ibn Umar reported: We would refrain from seeking forgiveness for the people of great sins until we heard our Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “Verily, I have saved my intercession for the people of great sins among my nation for the Day of Resurrection.” So we restrained much of what was in […]

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Hadith on Hijrah: The best emigration is to leave what Allah dislikes

February 23, 2015

Abdullah ibn Amr reported: A man asked, “O Messenger of Allah, which emigration is best?” The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “To emigrate from that which Allah disapproves. Emigration is of two kinds: the emigration of the resident and the bedouin. As for the emigration of the bedouin, he responds […]

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Hadith on Character: None behave with deeds more beloved to Allah than these

February 21, 2015

Anas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, met Abu Dharr and he said, “O Abu Dharr, shall I not show you two qualities which are light on your back and heavier on the scale than others?” Abu Dharr said, “Of course, O Messenger of Allah.” The Prophet said, “You must […]

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Wahb on Hereafter: The example of worldly life and the Hereafter is one who cannot please two wives

February 17, 2015

Ibn Mubarak reported: Wahb ibn Munabbih, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The parable of this world and the Hereafter is that of a man with two wives. If he pleases one of them, he will incur disapproval from the other.” Source: Az-Zuhd war Raqa’iq 582 عن ابن مبارك عَنْ وَهْبِ بْنِ مُنَبِّهٍ رحمه […]

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Hasan on Ali: A man died whom no one could match in knowledge and piety

February 17, 2015

Amr ibn Hubshi reported: Hasan ibn Ali addressed the people after the killing of Ali ibn Abi Talib and he said, “A man has departed you yesterday whom none from the early generation could surpass in knowledge and none from the later generation will match him. If the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon […]

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Ibn Al-Qayyim on Context: The scholar must consider the context to issue a true ruling

February 15, 2015

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “Neither a scholar nor a judge can issue a ruling (fatwa) by the truth unless he has two types of understanding. First, understanding the context and deriving the reality of what occurred through gathering facts and signs until he achieves comprehensive knowledge. Second, understanding the religious obligation related to the context and […]

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Hasan on Khawarij: The ruler prevented them from the worldly life so they fought him for it

February 12, 2015

Abu Hayyan At-Tawhidi reported: A man from the Kharijites came to Hasan Al-Basri and he said, “What do you say about the rebels?” Hasan said, “They are seekers of the world.” He said, “Why do you say that when one of them goes out with his spear until it breaks and he leaves his family and children?” […]

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Hadith on Friday: Allah made this day an Eid so take a bath, use perfume, and clean your teeth

February 6, 2015

Ibn As-Sabaq reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, would say on Friday, “O assembly of Muslims, Allah has made this day a celebration. So perform a bath and there is no harm for whoever applies perfume and you should use the toothstick.” Source: Al-Muwatta 146 Grade: Hasan (fair) according to […]

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Sufyan on Hereafter: Take care of your Hereafter and Allah will take care of your life

February 1, 2015

Abu Nu’aim reported: Sufyan Ath-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Behave with excellence in your privacy and Allah will make your behavior excellent in public. Set right what is between you and Allah, and He will set right what is between you and the people. Work for your Hereafter and Allah will suffice […]

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Sufyan on Mercy: Be merciful to the people even if they wrong you

January 28, 2015

Abu Nu’aim reported: Sufyan At-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Do not hate anyone who obeys Allah. Be merciful to the common people and their leaders. Do not sever family ties and keep good relations with those who cut you off. Keep good relations with them even if they cut you off. Overlook those who […]

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Yunus on Backbiting: Fasting in the hot summer days is easier than leaving gossip

January 28, 2015

Ja’far ibn Burqan reported: I heard that Yunus ibn Ubaid was kind and righteous, so I wrote to him saying: O brother, write to me about what you are upon. Yunus wrote back to me saying: I have received your letter asking about what I am upon. I will tell you that I suggested to my […]

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Hasan on Jihad: The best jihad is the jihad against your soul and desires

January 27, 2015

Ibn Al-Qayyim reported: It was said to Hasan Al-Basri, “O Abu Sa’eed, which jihad is best?” Hasan, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Your jihad against your desires.” Source: Rawdat Al-Muhibeen 1/478 Abu Na’eem reported: Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The most difficult jihad is the struggle against desire. Whoever […]

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Sa’eed on Scholars: Beware of scholars who frequently visit the rulers

January 22, 2015

Ibn Muflih reported: Sa’eed ibn Al-Musayyib, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “If you see a scholar frequently visiting the rulers, then beware of him for he is a thief.” Source: Al-Adab Ash-Shar’iya 477 Ibn Abdul Barr said, “It is said that the worst rulers are far from the scholars and the worst scholars […]

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Hadith on Rulers: Beware of seeking leadership and distancing yourself from Allah

January 22, 2015

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever lives the life of a Bedouin will become coarse. Whoever preoccupies himself with sport will become neglectful. Whoever goes to the gates of the ruler will endure tribulation. A servant does not move closer to the ruler except that he […]

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Hadith on Paradise: The amazement of the man in the lowest rank in Paradise

January 20, 2015

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, among the lowest station in Paradise is a man whose face Allah has directed away from the Hellfire and toward Paradise. Allah will make a tree and its shade appear before him. The man said: O Lord, lead me […]

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Hadith on Praise: Whoever glorifies and praises Allah will be given a tree in Paradise

January 20, 2015

Jabir reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever declares the glory of Allah and his praise will have a palm tree planted for him in Paradise.” Source: Sunan At-Tirmidhi 3464 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to At-Tirmidhi عَنْ جَابِرٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ مَنْ قَالَ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ الْعَظِيمِ وَبِحَمْدِهِ […]

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Hadith on Relief: Allah has mercy on a man who relieved others of debt

January 13, 2015

Hudhaifa reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The angels received the soul of a man who lived before you. They said: Have you done anything good? The man said no. They said: Try to remember. The man said: I used to give loans and I would order my servants […]

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Hadith on Tolerance: Allah will enter into Paradise those who were easy in their business

January 13, 2015

Uthman ibn Affan reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Allah the Exalted will admit a man into Paradise who was easy in his buying and selling, in his paying debts and seeking repayments.” Source: Sunan An-Nasa’i 4696 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ahmad Shakir عَنْ عُثْمَانَ بْنِ عَفَّانَ قَالَ […]

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Az-Zuhri on Manners: What we learned from a scholar’s manners was greater than his knowledge

January 10, 2015

Al-Awza’i reported: Az-Zuhri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “We would come to a scholar and what we learned from his manners was more beloved to us than his knowledge.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya 4575 عَنِ الأَوْزَاعِيِّ عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ رحمه الله قَالَ كُنَّا نَأْتِي الْعَالِمَ فَمَا نَتَعَلَّمُ مِنْ أَدَبِهِ أَحَبُّ إِلَيْنَا مِنْ عِلْمِهِ 4575 حلية […]

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Hadith on Tolerance: Patience, tolerance, and good character are among the best deeds

January 10, 2015

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, which deed is best?” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Patience and tolerance.” It was said, “Who among the believers has the best faith?” The Prophet said, “Those with the best character.” Source: Musannaf ibn Abi Shayba 29806 Grade: Hasan li […]

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Hadith on Faith: The best deeds are faith in Allah, striving for Him, patience, and tolerance

January 10, 2015

Ubaida ibn As-Samit reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “O Prophet of Allah, which deed is best?” The Prophet said, “Faith and belief in Allah and striving in his cause.” The man said, “O Messenger of Allah, I want something easier than that.” The Prophet […]

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Maslahah: The jurists’ definition of the principle of public welfare

January 9, 2015

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “The principle of public welfare (maslahah mursalah) is the case when a distinguished jurist (mujtahid) views another action as more likely to bring benefit and there is nothing in the law to negate it.” Source: Majmu’ Al-Fatawa 11/342 قال ابن تيمية الْمَصَالِحُ الْمُرْسَلَةُ وَهُوَ أَنْ يَرَى الْمُجْتَهِدُ أَنَّ هَذَا الْفِعْلَ يَجْلِبُ مَنْفَعَةً رَاجِحَةً […]

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Hadith on Remembrance: Allah boasts to the angels for those who remember Him

January 3, 2015

Mu’awiya reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, came out to a gathering of his companions and he said, “Why are you sitting?” They said, “We are sitting to remember Allah and to praise him for guiding us to Islam and blessing us with it.” The Prophet said, “By Allah, you […]

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Malik on Knowledge: True knowledge is a light in the heart, not just knowing many facts

December 26, 2014

Ibn Wahb reported: Malik, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Knowledge is a light that Allah places wherever He wills. It does not consist of memorizing many narrations.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya 8987 Al-Qadi Iyad reported: Malik, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Knowledge is not memorizing many narrations. Verily, knowledge is only a […]

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Hadith on Bloodshed: The worst person to Allah kills those who do not fight him

December 22, 2014

Abu Shuraih reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, the most tyrannical of people to Allah the Exalted is he who kills those who did not fight him, or he demands the blood feuds of ignorance be settled by the people of Islam, or he claims his eyes have […]

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Umar on Charity: You think you are believers, but Muslims are starving among you?

December 21, 2014

Mureeh ibn Masruq reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, used to say, “You imagine that you are believers, yet among you a believer is starving?” Source: Musnad Ash-Shamiyeen 1018 عَنْ مُرِيحِ بْنِ مَسْرُوقٍ عَنْ عُمَرَ بْنِ الْخَطَّابِ أَنَّهُ كَانَ يَقُولُ تَزْعُمُونَ أَنَّكُمْ مُؤْمِنُونَ وَفِيكُمْ مُؤْمِنٌ جَائِعٌ 1018 مسند الشاميين للطبراني ما […]

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Hadith on Roads: Remove harmful things from the pathways

December 20, 2014

Abu Barza reported: I said, “O Prophet of Allah, teach me something that will benefit me.” The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Remove harmful things from the roads of the Muslims.” Source: Sahih Muslim 2618 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim عَنْ أَبِي بَرْزَةَ قَالَ قُلْتُ يَا نَبِيَّ اللَّهِ عَلِّمْنِي شَيْئًا أَنْتَفِعُ […]

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Abu Bakr on Punishment: I would prefer for Allah to cover their sins than punish them

December 18, 2014

Zubaid ibn As-Salt reported: I heard Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, say, “Were I to get hold of a drinker of wine, I would prefer for Allah to cover his sin. And were I to get hold of a thief, I would prefer for Allah to cover his sin.” Source: Musannaf Ibn […]

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Hadith on Alcohol: Allah gradually reveals the prohibition of intoxicants

December 16, 2014

Amr ibn Shurahbil reported: When the prohibition of wine was yet to be declared, Umar ibn Al-Khattab said, “O Allah, give us a clear explanation of wine.” So Allah revealed the verse, “They ask you about wine and gambling. Say: In them is great sin,” (2:219) Umar was called and it was recited to him, […]

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Hadith on Alcohol: Allah forbids wine and the people of Medina pour it into the streets

December 16, 2014

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khudri reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, addressing the people in Medina, saying, “O people, Allah is alluding to a command for wine. Perhaps Allah will soon reveal an order regarding it. So whoever has some of it should sell it and benefit from it.” We […]

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Hadith on Fasting: Easy rewards for fasting during the short winter days

December 9, 2014

Anas reported: Abu Huraira, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Shall I tell you about easy spoils?” They said, “O Abu Huraira, what are they?” Abu Huraira said, “Fasting in the winter.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya 1356 Grade: Hasan (fair) according to As-Suyuti عَنْ أَنَسٍ عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ قَالَ أَلا أَدُلُّكُمْ عَلَى غَنِيمَةٍ بَارِدَةٍ قَالُوا […]

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Ash-Shafi’ee on Fatwa: The scholars disliked to say this was Halal or Haram

December 8, 2014

Ash-Shafi’ee reported: Abu Yusuf said, “I know our elders among the scholars would dislike to say in their judgments (fatwa) that this is lawful (halal) and this is unlawful (haram), unless it was clearly found in the Book of Allah the Exalted without need of interpretation.” Source: Al-Umm 2120 عن الشافعي قَالَ أَبُو يُوسُفَ أَدْرَكْتُ […]

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An-Nawawi on Rebels: Fighting an unjust ruler is worse than his oppression

December 1, 2014

An-Nawawi said, “As for rebelling against the ruler and fighting him, it is forbidden by consensus of the Muslims even if he is sinful and oppressive. I have mentioned many traditions with this meaning. The people of the Sunnah have agreed that the ruler should not be removed due to his sinfulness. As for the view mentioned […]

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Hadith on the Beast: People will be forced to wear the Mark of the Beast

November 30, 2014

Abu Umamah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The Beast will emerge and place a mark on the faces of the people. They will be plentiful among you such that a man will purchase a camel and it will be said: From whom did you buy it? He will say: I […]

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Al-Warraq on Nearness: Seek nearness to Allah by asking from Him and not people

November 30, 2014

Muhammad ibn Hamid reported: I asked Abu Bakr Al-Warraq, “Teach me something that will bring me closer to people.” Abu Bakr said, “As for what brings you closer to Allah, then continue to ask him. As for what brings you closer to people, then stop asking from them.” Source: Shu’b Al-Iman 1061 عن محمد بن […]

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Hadith on Muhammad: The man who loved the Prophet more than anything else

November 30, 2014

Aisha reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “O Messenger of Allah, by Allah I love you more than myself. I love you more than my family and wealth. You are more beloved to me than my children. I would be in my house and I […]

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Hadith on Refuge: The Prophet’s supplication upon leaving his home

November 26, 2014

Umm Salamah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, would say when leaving the house, “In the name of Allah, I trust in Allah for there is no power or might but in Allah. Verily, we seek refuge in you from being misguided or misguiding others, from being oppressed or oppressing others, from […]

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Ibrahim on Supplication: Why are our supplications not answered?

November 26, 2014

Al-Qurtubi reported: It was said to Ibrahim ibn Adham, “What is wrong with us that we supplicate and we receive no answer?” Ibrahim said, “It is because you know Allah and you do not obey him, and you know the Messenger and you do not follow him or his tradition (sunnah), and you know the […]

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Hadith on Leadership: Woe to evil leaders who will regret everything they have done

November 23, 2014

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessing be upon him, said, “Woe to the rulers! And woe to the chiefs! And woe to the trustees! Some people will wish on the Day of Resurrection that their hair was hanging from the sky and swinging between heaven and earth rather than to have done what […]

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Hadith on Wellness: O Allah, I ask you for well-being in this life and the Hereafter

November 23, 2014

Ibn Umar reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, never forgot to say these supplications whenever he entered morning and evening, “O Allah, I ask you for welfare in this world and in the Hereafter. O Allah, I ask you for pardon and welfare in my religion and in my worldly […]

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Sufyan on Intelligence: The reasonable person follows good and avoids evil

November 18, 2014

Bishra ibn Al-Harith reported: Sufyan ibn Uyaina said, “The intelligent person is not he who recognizes good and evil. Rather, the intelligent person is only one who sees good and follows it and who sees evil and avoids it.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya 12893 عن بشر بن الحارث قَالَ قَالَ سُفْيَانُ بْنُ عُيَيْنَةَ لَيْسَ الْعَاقِلُ الَّذِي […]

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Hadith on Fitnah: Beware a trial that will affect everyone in the Ummah

November 15, 2014

Abdullah ibn Umar reported: We were sitting with the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he mentioned several trials until he mentioned a trial in which people should remain in their houses. It was said, “O Messenger of Allah, what is this trial in which people should remain in their houses?” […]

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Hadith on Fitnah: A great tribulation is coming in which Muslims should not fight

November 15, 2014

Abu Musa Al-Ashari reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, right before the Hour there will be a tribulation like pieces of the dark night in which a man might be a believer in the morning and an unbeliever by evening or he might be a believer in the […]

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Hadith on Family: The Prophet asks Allah to love his grandson Hasan ibn Ali

November 7, 2014

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said to Hasan, “O Allah, I love him, so love him and whoever loves him.” Source: Sahih Bukhari 2016, Sahih Muslim 2421 Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَنَّهُ قَالَ […]

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Hadith on Peace: Obligation to accept peace offerings at face value

November 4, 2014

Ibn Abbas reported: A man from the tribe of Sulaim passed by a group of companions of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he had with him some sheep. The man greeted them with peace and they said, “He only offered peace to protect himself.” So they attacked him, killed […]

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Hadith on Ashura: This is the day Moses fasted to thank Allah for saving his people

November 2, 2014

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, came to Medina and he found the Jews fasting the day of Ashura. The Prophet said, “What is this day you are fasting?” They said, “This is a great day in which Allah saved Moses and his people, and He drowned Pharaoh […]

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Hadith on Companions: Do not say anything bad about the Prophet’s companions

October 27, 2014

Anas reported: There was a discussion between Khalid ibn Al-Waleed and Abdur Rahman ibn Awf. Khalid said to him, “You were presumptuous with us in days gone by.” It was mentioned to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “Leave my companions alone. By the one in whose hand is my […]

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Hadith on Medina: The Prophet loved Medina and longed to return to it

October 15, 2014

Anas ibn Malik reported: Whenever the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, returned from a journey and saw the walls of Medina from afar, he would quicken his pace and, if he was on an animal, he would make it gallop out of his love for Medina. Source: Sahih Bukhari 1787, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according […]

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Hadith on Justice: No burden of sin is upon the child of adultery

October 12, 2014

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessing be upon him, said, “There is no burden upon the child of adultery for the sins of his parents.” Then the Prophet recited the verse, “No soul shall bear the burdens of another.” (6:164) Source: Al-Mustadrak 7135, Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani Ibn Taymiyyah said, […]

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Umar on Rights: I fear Allah will ask my about the rights of my animals

October 8, 2014

Dawud ibn Ali reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “If a lost sheep under my care were to die on the banks of the Euphrates, I would expect Allah the Exalted to question me about it on the Day of Resurrection.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya 137 عن داود بن علي قَالَ […]

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Sufyan on Patience: Silence on your sins, good deeds, and pain is true patience

October 7, 2014

Yusuf ibn Absat reported: I heard Sufyan Ath-Thawri say, “Three qualities are from patience: not speaking about your sins, nor about your pain, nor about your righteousness.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya 9397 عن يوسف بن أسباط قَالَ سَمِعْتُ سُفْيَانَ الثَّوْرِيَّ يَقُولُ ثَلاثَةٌ مِنَ الصَّبْرِ لا تُحَدِّثْ بِمَعْصِيَتِكَ وَلا بِوَجَعِكَ وَلا تُزَكِّ نَفْسَكَ 9397 حلية الأولياء لأبي […]

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Hadith on Takfeer: The accuser is closer to unbelief than the accused

October 2, 2014

Hudhaifa reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, I fear for you that a man will recite the Quran until his delight is seen and he takes Islam as a cloak. Then, he changes to whatever Allah wills for him, such that it is stripped from him and he throws it behind […]

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Hadith on Khawarij: The violent rebels are the worst of creation and dogs of Hellfire

October 2, 2014

Ibn Abi Awfa reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “The rebels (khawarij) are the dogs of the Hellfire.” Source: Sunan Ibn Majah 173, Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani Abu Ghalib reported: Abu Umamah said, “The rebels are the worst of those slain under the heavens, and […]

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Hadith on Graves: O Anas, do not pray towards the graves

October 2, 2014

Anas ibn Malik reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab saw me while I was praying near a grave and he raised his voice saying, “The grave (al-qabar)!” I thought he said the moon (al-qamar), so I raised my head to the sky to look. Umar came and he said, “Indeed, I said the grave. Do not pray […]

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Hadith on Companions: I enjoin you to follow my companions and stick to the community

September 29, 2014

Ibn Umar reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab delivered a sermon to us at Al-Jabiya and he said, “O people! Indeed, I have stood among you as the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, stood among us and he said: I enjoin you to follow my companions, then those after them and those after […]

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Hasan on Backbiting: Hasan Al-Basri sends gifts to those who backbite him

September 25, 2014

Abu Sa’eed Al-Khadimi reported: It was narrated from Hasan Al-Basri that a man said to him, “Indeed, someone has backbitten you.” Hasan sent a dish of sweet dates to the backbiter and he said, “I heard that you have given me your good deeds as a gift so I would like to repay you for it, […]

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Ibn Al-Qayyim on Fatwa: Islamic rulings and judgments may change by time, place, and condition

September 25, 2014

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “As for knowing the condition of people, this is a tremendous principle required of the scholar and judge. For if he does not have a proper understanding of commanding and forbidding and then he applies one judgment over another, it will cause more harm than benefit. Indeed, if he does not understand the […]

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Umar on Secrecy: Those who meet in secret for their religion are spreading misguidance

September 19, 2014

Al-Awza’i reported: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz said, “If you see a people meeting in secret for their religion to the exclusion of the public, then know that they are establishing misguidance.” Source: Hilyat Al-Awliya 7548 عَنِ الأَوْزَاعِيِّ قَالَ قَالَ عُمَرُ بْنُ عَبْدِ الْعَزِيزِ إِذَا رَأَيْتَ قَوْمًا يَتَنَاجَوْنَ فِي دِينِهِمْ دُونَ الْعَامَّةِ فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّهُمْ فِي تَأْسِيسِ […]

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Hadith on Medina: Whoever is patient with Medina will earn the Prophet’s intercession

September 18, 2014

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “No one is patient with the rigors and hardship of Medina except that I will be an intercessor for him or a witness on his behalf.” Source: Sahih Muslim 1378 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ نَّ رَسُولَ […]

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Hadith on Khawarij: The Kharijites come with beautiful preaching but evil deeds

September 18, 2014

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “There will be dissension and division in my nation and a people will come with beautiful words but evil deeds. They recite the Quran but it will not pass beyond their throats. They will leave the religion as an arrow […]

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Hadith on Reward: Unbelievers are rewarded in this life and believers in the Hereafter

September 11, 2014

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, when the unbeliever performs a good deed he is given a taste of its reward in the world. As for the believer, Allah will store his good deeds for him in the Hereafter and provide his sustenance in the […]

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Ash-Shafi’ee on Humility: The best people are those who do not see their own virtues

September 11, 2014

An-Nawawi reported: Ash-Shafi’ee, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Humility is part of noble character and arrogance is the habit of villains.” And he said, “Humility inherits love and contentment inherits comfort.” And he said, “The highest of people in status are those who do not see their status, and the greatest of them […]

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Hadith on Prisoners: The Prophet commands the companions to treat prisoners well

September 7, 2014

Abu Aziz, the brother of Mus’ab ibn Umair, reported: I was among the prisoners of war on the day of Badr. The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I enjoin you to treat the captives well.” After I accepted Islam, I was among the Ansar and when the time of lunch […]

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Hadith on Evil: Allah will punish a community that refuses to condemn evil

September 5, 2014

Adi’ Al-Kindi reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “Verily, Allah the Exalted will not punish a community for the sins of a few unless they see evil appear among themselves and they are able to condemn it but they do not. If they do that, then Allah […]

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Hadith on Satan: The devil sits in the presence of those who curse each other

September 2, 2014

Abu Huraira reported: A man reviled Abu Bakr and the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was sitting down and he was impressed by Abu Bakr and he smiled. Then, Abu Bakr reviled the man with the same words as him and the Prophet became angry and he stood to leave. Abu Bakr went […]

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Ibn Qayyim on Hearts: In the heart is a void that can only be filled by loving Allah

August 28, 2014

Ibn Al-Qayyim said, “In the heart are disorders that cannot be remedied except by responding to Allah. In it is a desolate feeling that cannot be removed except by intimacy with Him solitude. In it is sadness which will not leave except by happiness with knowing Him and truthfulness in his dealings. In it is anxiety […]

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Hadith on Greetings: Shaking hands will shed the sins of the Muslims

August 28, 2014

Hudhaifa ibn Al-Yaman reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, when the believer meets another believer and greets him with peace and shakes his hand, the sins of them both will shed like the shedding of the leaves of a tree.” Source: Mu’jam Al-Awsat 253 Grade: Sahih li ghayri (authentic due […]

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Ibn Mubarak on Respect: Do not belittle the scholars, the rulers, or your Muslim brothers

August 28, 2014

Adh-Dhahabi reported: Abdullah ibn Mubarak said, “It is a duty upon the wise man not to belittle three persons: the scholars, the authorities, and his brothers. Indeed, whoever belittles the scholars will lose his place in the Hereafter. Whoever belittles the authorities will lose his place in the world. Whoever belittles his brothers will lose […]

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Ibn Al-Qayyim on Jama’ah: If you alone are following the truth, then you alone are the true community

August 23, 2014

Ibn Al-Qayyim reported: Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud said, “The true community (jama’ah) is that which adheres to the truth, even if you are alone.” Nuaim ibn Hammad said, “If the community becomes corrupted, then you must adhere to its practice before it became corrupted. Even if you are alone, then you by yourself would be the […]

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Umar on Jihad: The sins of the Muslims are more harmful than the plots of the enemy

August 23, 2014

Maslamah ibn Abi Bakr reported: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz took a pledge from some of his deputies, saying, “You must fear Allah in every situation you find yourselves. Indeed, the fear of Allah is greater for preparation, a more attainable plan, and a stronger force. There is nothing from the aggression of your enemy that […]

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Ibn Kathir on Khawarij: The Kharijites commit mass murder of men, women, and children

August 22, 2014

Ibn Kathir said, “If the Kharijites ever gained power, they would corrupt the entire land, Iraq and Syria. They would not leave a boy or a girl or a man or a woman, for in their view the people have become so corrupt that they cannot be reformed except by mass killing.” Source: Al-Bidayah wa […]

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Hadith on Trials: The Prophet fears for his nation six trials

August 22, 2014

Awf ibn Malik reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “I fear for you six trials: foolish leaders, shedding of blood, bribery in judgments, severing family ties, people who take the Quran as a musical instrument, and an excessive amount of conditions.” Source: Mu’jam Al-Kabeer 14550 Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani عَنْ […]

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Hadith on Marriage: Marry the loving and fruitful to increase the righteous Muslims

August 22, 2014

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, commanded us to get married and he strongly prohibited us from celibacy and he said, “Marry the loving and fruitful, for I desire the most followers from the prophets on the Day of Resurrection.” Source: Musnad Ahmad 12202 Grade: Hasan (fair) according […]

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Abu Bakr on Decapitation: Do you follow the way of the Romans and Persians?

August 19, 2014

Uqbah ibn Amir reported: He came to Abu Bakr, may Allah be pleased with him, with a severed head and Abu Bakr condemned it. Uqbah said, “O Caliph of the Messenger of Allah, they do that to us!” Abu Bakr said, “So you follow the way of the Persians and Romans? Rather, do not come to […]

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Al-Qurtubi on Jihad: The best jihad is to build a mosque and teach Islamic knowledge

August 14, 2014

Al-Qurtubi reported: Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “The best jihad is to build a mosque and therein to teach the Quran, the Sunnah, and understanding (fiqh).” Source: Tafseer Al-Qurtubi 9:122 عن القرطبي وَقَالَ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ أَفْضَلُ الْجِهَادِ مَنْ بَنَى مَسْجِدًا يُعَلِّمُ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنَ وَالْفِقْهَ وَالسُّنَّةَ 9:122 الجامع لأحكام القرآن سورة براءة […]

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Hadith on Patience: Ammar ibn Yasir and his family are patient with torture

August 13, 2014

Jabir ibn Abdullah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, passed by Ammar ibn Yasir and his family while they were being tortured due to their belief in Allah the Exalted. The Prophet said, “Receive glad tidings, O family of Yasir, for you have an appointment in Paradise.” Source: Mu’jam Al-Awsat 1535 Grade: […]

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Hadith on Hereafter: Whoever makes the Hereafter important, Allah takes care of his affairs

August 11, 2014

Zaid ibn Thabit reported: I heard the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, say, “Whoever makes the world his more important matter, Allah will confound his affairs and make poverty appear before his eyes and he will not get anything from the world except what has been decreed for him. Whoever makes the […]

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Hadith on Repentance: Glory to Allah, I seek Your forgiveness and repent to You

August 10, 2014

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said these words often before he passed away, “Glory to Allah and with His praises. I seek Your forgiveness and I repent to You.” I said, “O Messenger of Allah, I see you have said these words often.” The Prophet said, “My Lord […]

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Ash-Shafi’ee on Faith: True faith is words and actions, a debate with the Murjia

August 10, 2014

Rabia ibn Sulaiman reported: A man among the people of Balakh asked Ash-Shafi’ee about faith. Ash-Shafi’ee said to him, “What do you say about it?” The man said, “I say it is words alone.” Ash-Shafi’ee said, “From where do you say this?” The man said, “From the saying of Allah the Exalted: Verily, those who […]

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Hadith on Rights: He is not a true Muslim who does not honor their rights

August 6, 2014

Ubadah ibn As-Samit reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “He is not from my nation who does not honor our elders, nor have mercy on our young ones, nor recognize the rights of our scholars.” Source: Musnad Ahmad 22249 Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Haythami عَنْ عُبَادَةَ بْنِ الصَّامِتِ […]

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Fudayl on Sunnah: Deeds are only accepted if sincere and according to Sunnah

August 5, 2014

Ibn Al-Qayyim reported: Fudayl ibn Iyad said, “Allah purifies good deeds and makes them correct. Indeed, if deeds are sincere and incorrect, they will not be accepted. If deeds are correct and insincere, they will not be accepted, but rather they are only accepted if they are both sincere and correct. Sincere means they are […]

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Takfeer: The scholars would not excommunicate those who excommunicated them

August 5, 2014

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Thus, the scholars and people of the Sunnah would not excommunicate (takfeer) those who opposed them even if their opponents declared them to be unbelievers, for the matter of unbelief is a legal judgment and a person may not punish with the like of it, such as if someone lies against you […]

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Takfeer: I am the strongest of people to forbid excommunication

August 4, 2014

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Those who always sit with me know that I am the strongest of the people to forbid declaring an individual to be an unbeliever or a sinner or disobedient, unless it is known that the legal proof has been established against him that he is an unbeliever or a sinner or disobedient. […]

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Hadith on Rulers: Whoever affirms their lies and oppression will not drink with the Prophet

August 4, 2014

Ka’b ibn Ujrah reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, came to us while we were a group of nine. The Prophet said, “Verily, tyrannical rulers will come after me and whoever affirms their lies and supports their oppression has nothing to do with me and I have nothing to do […]

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Talaq on Tribulation: Protect yourself from trials by fearing Allah and hoping for mercy

August 4, 2014

Ibn Taymiyyah reported: Talaq ibn Habeeb said, “Protect yourselves from tribulation with mindfulness of Allah (taqwa).” It was said, “Make the mindfulness of Allah concise for us.” Talaq said, “Act in the obedience of Allah upon light from Allah and hoping for the mercy of Allah, and abandon disobedience to Allah upon light from Allah […]

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Hasan on Tyranny: Tyrants are the punishment of Allah, so do not repel them with swords

August 4, 2014

Ibn Taymiyyah reported: Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Verily, the tyrant Al-Hajjaj is a punishment from Allah, so do not repel the punishment of Allah with your hands. Rather, you must be humble and submissive.” Source: Minhaj As-Sunnah 4/529 عن ابن تيمية وَكَانَ الْحَسَنُ الْبَصْرِيُّ يَقُولُ إِنَّ الْحَجَّاجَ عَذَابُ اللَّهِ فَلَا […]

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Benefit: If an action is good and evil, choose the lesser of two evils

August 4, 2014

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “The scholars know that Allah the Exalted sent Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, for the welfare of the servants in this life and in the Hereafter, and he commanded them with what is beneficial and he prohibited corruption. If an action contains both benefit and corruption, they must be weighed […]

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Ibn Abbas on Deeds: Good deeds being light and strength, bad deeds bring darkness and weakness

August 3, 2014

Ibn Al-Qayyim reported: Abdullah ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Verily, good deeds will brighten the face, enlighten the heart, expand provision, strengthen the body, and cause love in the hearts of the creation. Verily, evil deeds will blacken the face, darken the grave and the heart, weaken the body, restrict provision, […]

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