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Hasan on Character: Good character is generosity, charity, and love

January 9, 2017

Al-Washa’ reported: Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, was asked about good character and he said, “It is generosity, charitable giving, and loving kindness towards people.” Source: al-Muwashā 1/28 عن الوشاء قال سُئِل الحسن عن حُسن الخُلق فقال الكرم والبذلة والتَّودُّد إلى النَّاس 1/28 الموشى الظرف والظرفاء

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Al-Baqir on Character: Kindness and good character are all that is good

January 9, 2017

Ibn Al-Mubarak reported: Muhammad ibn Ali Al-Baqir, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Whoever has qualities of character and kindness has been given all that is good and comforting. His situation will be pleasant in his life and in his Hereafter. And whoever is deprived of qualities of kindness and character, then it will […]

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Raja on Islam: How excellent is Islam when it is adorned by faith

January 9, 2017

Abu Nuaim reported: Raja’ ibn Haywah, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “How excellent is Islam when it is adorned with faith! And how excellent is faith when it is adorned with mindfulness! And how excellent is mindfulness when it is adorned with knowledge! And how excellent is knowledge when it is adorned with […]

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Umar II on Kindness: None is kind but that Allah will be kind to him

January 4, 2017

Ibn Hibban reported: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The most beloved matters to Allah are three: forgiveness in a position of power, moderation in a position of affluence, and gentleness in worship. And no one is kind to another in this world but that Allah will be gentle with […]

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Umar on Obedience: No better way to respond to sin than to obey Allah

December 21, 2016

Sa’eed ibn Al-Musayyib reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “There is no recompense for those who disobey Allah regarding you like you obeying Allah regarding him. And you must adhere to the truth, even if the truth kills you.” Source: Rawḍah al-‘Uqalā 52 عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ الْمُسَيِّبِ عَنْ عن عمر […]

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Qasim on Religion: Piety, night worship, and a pure heart are the best virtues

December 14, 2016

Al-Khateeb reported: Qasim Al-Juwai’, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The religion is based upon devotion. The best worship is undergone in the night, and the best of paths to Paradise is to have a pure heart.” Source: Al-Zuhd wal Raqa’iq 32 عن الخطيب عن قاسم الجوعي رحمه الله قال أَصْلُ الدِّينِ الْوَرَعُ وَأَفْضَلُ […]

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Mu’awiya on Insight: A man has little insight until his forbearance is strong

December 14, 2016

Ibn Asakir reported: Mu’awiya, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “A man will not achieve the range of insight until his forbearance overcomes his ignorance and his patience overcomes his desires. And he will not achieve that unless his forbearance is strong.” Source: Tārīkh Dimashq 63923 عن ابن عساكر مُعَاوِيَةُ رضي الله عنه لا […]

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Sufyan on Jihad: We only fight idolaters if they fight us first

December 7, 2016

Al-Shaybānī reported: Sufyan Ath-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Fighting the idolaters is not an obligation unless they begin it themselves, in which case it is required to fight them in defense.” Source: Sharḥ al-Siyar al-Kabīr 1/187 عن الشيباني قال سفيان الثوري رحمه الله الْقِتَالُ مَعَ الْمُشْرِكِينَ لَيْسَ بِفَرْضٍ إلَّا أَنْ تَكُونَ الْبِدَايَةُ مِنْهُمْ […]

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Awn on Improvement: Be a better person day after day

October 31, 2016

Ibn Al-Mubarak reported: Awn ibn Abdullah, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “A man advised his son, saying: O my son, you must be mindful of Allah. If you are able to be better today than you were yesterday and to be better tomorrow than you are today, then do so.” Source: al-Zuhd wal-Raqā’iq […]

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Abdullah on Humility: Is my heart too arrogant to refuse house work?

October 31, 2016

Bukair ibn Al-Ashajj reported: Abdullah ibn Salaam, may Allah be pleased with him, came out from behind a building while carrying a bundle of firewood. When the people saw him, they said, “O father of Yusuf, your son and your servant are enough to help you with this!” Abdullah said, “I want to test my […]

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