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Fudayl on Sincerity: True good will is to love for others more than yourself

April 14, 2017

Ibn Asakir reported: Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “If you love for people to be equal to you, then you have not fulfilled sincerity for the sake of your Lord. How so while you love for people to be less than you?” Source: Tārīkh Dimashq 48/418 Ibn Rajab said, “He […]

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Hasan on Faith: How can you be a Muslim if people are not safe from you?

April 13, 2017

Al-Bayhaqi reported: Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “O son of Adam, how can you be a believer while your neighbor is not secure from you? O son of Adam, how can you be a Muslim while the people are not safe from you? O son of Adam, you will never achieve […]

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Sufyan on Silence: Being silent for long periods is the key to worship

April 10, 2017

Al-Humaydi reported: Sufyan Ath-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “It is said that observing long periods of silence is the key to worship.” Source: al-Ṣamt li-Ibn Abī Dunyā 433 عَنِ الْحُمَيْدِيِّ عَنْ سُفْيَانَ قَالَ رحمه الله كَانَ يُقَالُ طُولُ الصَّمْتِ مِفْتَاحُ الْعِبَادَةِ 433 الصمت لابن أبي الدنيا

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Ali on Justice: Wrong no one as you would not love to be oppressed

April 9, 2017

Al-Muttaqi Al-Hindi reported: Ali ibn Abi Talib, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Make yourself a scale between you and others, and love for those besides you what you love for yourself and hate for them what you hate for yourself. Do not wrong others, as you would love not to be wronged. Be […]

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Ahnaf on Knowledge: I learned sacred knowledge by treating others as myself

April 9, 2017

Ibn Al-Mulaqqin reported: Al-Ahnaf ibn Qais, may Allah have mercy on him, was asked, “From whom did you learn sacred knowledge?” Al-Ahnaf said, “From myself.” It was said, “And how is that?” Al-Ahnaf said, “If I hated something did by another, then I would never do the same to anyone else.” Source: al-Tawḍīḥ li-Sharḥ al-Jāmi’ […]

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Aisha on Charity: The Prophet’s wife was amazingly charitable and ascetic

April 7, 2017

Urwah ibn Az-Zubayr reported: Aisha, may Allah be pleased with her, would give seventy thousand coins in charity while her clothes were covered in patches. Source: al-Zuhd wal-Raqā’iq 754 عَنْ عُرْوَةَ بْنِ الزُّبَيْرِ قَالَ لَقَدْ تَصَدَّقَتْ يَعْنِي عَائِشَةَ رضي الله عنها بِسَبْعِينَ أَلْفًا وَإِنَّ دِرْعَهَا لَمُرَقَّعٌ 754 الزهد والرقائق لابن المبارك

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Fudayl on Moderation: Too much food and sleep hardens the heart

April 5, 2017

Ibn Asakir reported: Al-Fudayl ibn Iyad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Two characteristics harden the heart: too much sleeping and too much eating.” Source: Tārīkh Dimashq 48/422 عن ابن عساكر قال الفضيل رحمه الله خصلتان تقسيان القلب كثرة النوم وكثرة الأكل 48/422 تاريخ دمشق لابن عساكر

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Ibn Abbas on Deeds: Good deeds bring light and evil deeds bring darkness

April 2, 2017

Ibn Al-Qayyim reported: Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Verily, good deeds bring brightness upon the face, a light in the heart, an expanse of provision, strength in the body, and love in the hearts of the creation. And evil deeds bring blackness upon the face, darkness in the grave and in […]

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Ahmad on Character: Part of good character is to be patient and retrain anger

March 10, 2017

Ibn Rajab reported: Imam Ahmad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Good character is to not get angry or enraged. And good character is to patiently endure what comes from people.” Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 1/457 #18 عن ابن رجب قَالَ الْإِمَامُ أَحْمَدُ رحمه الله حُسْنُ الْخُلُقِ أَنْ لَا تَغْضَبَ وَلَا تَحْتَدَّ وَحُسْنُ الْخُلُقِ أَنْ […]

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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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