Tag: Reason عقل

Hadith on Reflection: Think about wonders in creation, but not Allah’s essence

February 14, 2017

Ibn Abbas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Reflect deeply upon the creation, but do not reflect upon the essence of the Creator. Verily, his essence cannot be known other than to believe in it.” Source: Musnad al-Rabī’ 742 Grade; Hasan (fair) according to Al-Albani عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ قَالَ […]

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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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Junaid on Sincerity: Acts of sincerity lead to every door of righteousness

February 1, 2017

Al-Ghazali reported: Al-Junaid, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, Allah has servants who use their minds. When they reason, they act. When they act, they are sincere. Sincerity calls them to all of the gates of righteousness.” As-Susi, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Allah only desires sincerity in the deeds of […]

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Abu Darda on Reflection: Spiritual contemplation for an hour is better than night prayer

May 10, 2016

Umm Darda reported: Abu Darda, may Allah be pleased with them both, said, “True reflection for an hour is better than prayer at night.” Source: al-Tāsi’ min Fawā’id 5 Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “No poverty is worse than ignorance, no wealth is better than reason, no worship is like contemplation, […]

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Hadith on Revenge: The companions did not take revenge against the innocent

April 10, 2016

Abu Huraira reported: The tribe of Harith ibn Amir had purchased Khubaib, may Allah be pleased with him, as he had killed Harith during the battle of Badr, so they took him as a prisoner until they agreed they would execute him. Khubaib wanted to borrow a razor from the daughter of Harith so he […]

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Abu Al-‘Ala on Reason: Nothing is better after Islam than a sound intellect

April 2, 2016

Ibn Abi Shaybah reported: Abu Al-‘Alā, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “A servant is given nothing better after Islam than to be provided with a sound mind.” Source: Muṣannaf Ibn Abī Shaybah 3580 عن ابن أبي شيبة عَنْ أَبِي الْعَلَاءِ رحمه الله قَالَ مَا أُعْطِيَ عَبْدٌ بَعْدَ الْإِسْلَامِ أَفْضَلَ مِنْ عَقْلٍ صَالِحٍ يُرْزَقُهُ 3580 […]

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Ibn Abbas on Teaching: Only narrate what they can understand, lest you misguide them

March 13, 2016

Ibn Abdul Barr reported: Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Narrate to people only what they can understand. Do you want them to deny Allah and His Messenger?” Abu Hisham said, “I never narrated anything people did not understand except that it was misguidance for them.” Source: Jāmi’ Bayān al-‘Ilm 615 عن […]

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Malik on Istihsan: Seeking the best ruling is nine tenths of knowledge

March 9, 2016

Az-Zarkashi reported: Malik ibn Anas, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Seeking the best option (istihsan) is nine tenths of knowledge.” Al-Baji said, “Seeking the best option as applied by the Maliki scholars means to seek the opinion that is based on the stronger of two indications in the text.” Source: al-Baḥr al-Muḥīṭ 2/97 […]

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Al-Laith on Knowledge: I have not come to Medina to see elephants, only for knowledge

February 2, 2016

Al-Qadi Iyad reported: Yahya ibn Yahya Al-Laith was sitting with Malik one day in the assembly of his students when someone announced that elephants were walking nearby. All of the students of Malik left to look at them, except Al-Laith. Malik said to him, “Why have you not gone out to see them since they […]

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Ibn Taymiyyah on Reason: Islam balances human reason and divine revelation

January 19, 2016

Ibn Taymiyyah said, “Reason is a requirement for acquiring knowledge and performing righteous deeds, through which knowledge and deeds are perfected, but it is not enough on its own. Rather, it is a faculty of the soul and an ability like the ability within the eye to see. If it is connected with the light […]

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