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Ath-Tha’labi on Piety: True piety is to not feel shame for anything in the heart

February 7, 2017

Ath-Tha’labi reported: Some of the wise men said, “A man does not reach the peak of righteousness (al-taqwa) until it is such that, were he to place what is in his heart on a plate and go around the market with it, he would not be ashamed of anything on it.” Source: al-Kashf wal-Bayān 1/144 […]

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Abu Ya’qub on Honesty: The honest person acts on truth in public and private

February 7, 2017

Adh-Dhahabi reported: Abu Ya’qub An-Nahrajuri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Honesty is to be consistent with the truth in private and public. The reality of honesty is to speak the truth in matters of grave importance.” Source: Siyar A’lām al-Nubalā’ 11/465 عن الذهبي قال أبو يعقوب النهرجوري رحمه الله الصِّدْقُ موَافقَةُ الحَقِّ فِي […]

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Sufyan on Honesty: You must be truthful in everything you do

February 7, 2017

Abu Nuaim reported: Sufyan Ath-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “You must be honest in all things. Beware of lying and treachery and sitting with those who commit them, for it will all be a burden of sin. Beware, my brother, of ostentation in words and deeds, as it is a form of […]

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Al-Kattani on Islam: The religion of Allah is truth, justice, and honesty

February 6, 2017

Al-Ghazali reported: Muhammad ibn Ali Al-Kattani, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “We have found that the religion of Allah Almighty is built upon three pillars: truth, honesty, and justice. Truth is in the body, justice is in the heart, and honesty is in the mind.” Source: Iḥyā’ ‘Ulūm al-Dīn 4/387 عن الغزالي عن […]

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Abu Al-Aliyah on Sincerity: Beware not to do good deeds for anyone besides Allah

February 5, 2017

Abu Al-Aliyah reported: The companions of Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said to me, “Do not do a good deed for anyone besides Allah, for Allah will leave you in the charge of the one for whom you did it.” Source: al-Zuhd li Hannād Ibn al-Sarī 2/435 عَنْ أَبِي الْعَالِيَةِ قَالَ قَالَ لِي […]

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Mutarrif on Sincerity: The true servants of Allah are pure inwardly and outwardly

February 5, 2017

Ibn As-Sari reported: Mutarrif, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, when the inward state of the servant matches his public behavior, Allah says: This is my true servant.” Source: al-Zuhd li Hannād Ibn al-Sarī 530 عن ابن السري عَنْ مُطَرِّفٍ رحمه الله قَالَ إِنَّ الْعَبْدَ إِذَا اسْتَوَتْ سَرِيرَتُهُ وَعَلَانِيَتُهُ قَالَ اللَّهُ هَذَا عَبْدِي حَقًّا […]

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Umar on Intention: The best action is to have a sincere intention with Allah

February 5, 2017

Ibn Rajab reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “The best deeds are to fulfill the obligations of Allah, to be mindful of the prohibitions of Allah, and to have an honest intention before Allah Almighty.” Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 38 عن ابن رجب قَالَ عُمَرُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ […]

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Bilal on Hypocrisy: Do not show people two faces with an evil heart

February 2, 2017

Ibn Abi Dunya reported: Bilal ibn Sa’d, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Do not be one with two faces and two tongues, making a show for people to praise you while your heart is wicked.” Source: al-Ikhlāṣ li Ibn Abī Dunyā 28 عن ابن أبي الدنيا قال بلال بن سعد رحمه الله لَا […]

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Ibn Mu’adh on Intention: Sincerity distinguishes good deeds from evil deeds

February 1, 2017

Abu Hayyan reported: Ibn Mu’adh, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Sincerity distinguishes good deeds from sins just as milk is distinguished from filth and blood.” Sa’eed ibn Jubair, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Sincerity is to not associate partners with Allah in one’s religion and to not display ostentation in good deeds […]

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Umar on Sincerity: Whoever is sincere will have his affairs taken care of by Allah

February 1, 2017

Amir Ash-Sha’bi reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab wrote to Abu Musa, may Allah be pleased with them both, saying, “Whoever purifies his intention, then Allah will take care of his affairs between people. And whoever embellishes for people what Allah knows is not in his heart, then Allah Almighty will disgrace him.” Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā 1/50 […]

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