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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Admonitions from the Salaf






Quoted from Abu Bakr (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"He who enters the grave without provisions (good deeds), has, as if, he
started swimming across the ocean without a vessel."


Quoted from 'Omar (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Worldy honour is derived from riches and the honour of the Hereafter is
derived from the performance of good deeds."

Quoted from Uthman (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Absorption in worldly affairs breeds darkness in the heart, and absorption
in the affairs of the next world enkindles light in the heart."

Quoted from 'Ali (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"He who seeks knowledge of religion (Islaam), Paradise seeks him, and he
who seeks deeds of vice, Hell seeks him."




Quoted from Abu Bakr (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"There are three things that cannot be acquired by means of three other
things: riches by means of desire, youth by means of khejab (dye of beard)
and health by means of medicine."


Quoted from 'Umar (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"To maintain nice relations with the people is half of intelligence, nice
questioning is half of knowledge, and nice domestic arrangements is half
of the management of livelihood."

Quoted from Uthman (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Allaah the Exalted loves him who forgoes worldly life, the Angels love
him who rejects the vices, and the Muslims love him who gives up greediness
in respect of the Muslims."

Quoted from 'Ali (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Be a good man to Allaah and a bad man to yourself (desires); and be one
of the commoners among the people."

Quoted from 'Ali (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Give alms to anybody you like and become his master, beg from anybody
you wish and become his captive, and you may remain self-dependent if you
like so that you may be an equal to others."

Quoted from Ibn Mas'ood (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"A great many people proceed towards evils on account of receipt of blessings,
many people are ruined by praise, and many a man is deceived by Allah's
protection (in concealing vices)."

Quoted from Ibn Mas'ood (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Perform well those (things) that have been made compulsory for you, you
will then be amongst the distinguished devotees. Refrain from those (things)
that have been prohibited, you will then be amongst the distinguished pious
men. Be content with those things that are allotted to you by Allaah, you
will then be amongst the richest."

Quoted from Ibn 'Abbaas (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
He was asked, "Which of the days is the best?" He replied, "The day of
congregation (Jumu'ah)." He was again asked, "Which of the months is the
best?" He replied, "The month of Ramadaan." He was again asked, "Which
of the deeds is the best?" He replied, "To punctually establish the five
daily prayers."

Quoted from Al-Hasan Al-Basri : "He who
has no manners has no knowledge; he who has no patience has no Deen, and
he who has no piety has no nearness to Allaah for him."

Quoted from Ibraheem An-Nakha'ee: "Those
who were destroyed in the past, were surely destroyed because of three
bad habits: Wasting time in useless talks, excessive eating, and excessive

Quoted from Maalik ibn Dinar: "Rectify
three things by three other things till you become amongst the faithful
(mu`min): Pride by modesty, greed by contentment in a little, and envy
by listening to advice."




Quoted from 'Omar (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"There are four types of oceans. Passions are the ocean of sins, the self
(nafs) is the ocean of lust, death is the ocean of life, and the grave
is the ocean of distress."


Quoted from 'Omar (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"There are four things with which Allaah is pleased - the external side
of them is blessing and the inner side of them is compulsion. It is a blessing
to associate with the pious servants (salihoon) of Allaah, but it is a
compulsion to follow them (in deeds). It is a blessing to recite the Qur`aan,
but it is compulsory to act according to it. It is a blessing to visit
a grave, but it is a compulsion to make provisions for it. It is a blessing
to take care of the sick, but it is a compulsion to take a lesson from

Quoted from 'Omar (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"By Allaah! Whenever I endure any adversity I gain four blessings of Allaah
in exchange. The first of them is, when the adversity is not caused by
my sin (virtue is earned). The second, when the adversity is not greater
than my sin (virtue is earned).  The third, when I am not deprived
of contentment (virtue is earned). And the fourth, I hope for virtues thereby."

Quoted from Uthman (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"I have got the taste of worship ('ibadat) in four things - firstly in
the discharge of the compulsory duties (faraid) prescribed by Allaah; secondly
in abstaining from the things forbidden (haram) by Allaah; thirdly in enjoining
performance of good deeds in the hope of earning virtues; and fourthly
in prohibiting evil deeds in fear of the curse of Allaah."

Quoted from 'Ali (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Whoever desires Paradise, proceeds towards goodness; whoever fears Hell,
refrains from the impulses of passions; whoever believes firmly in death,
detests wordly life; and whoever recognises the worldly life, the trials
and tribulations (of life) become slight for him."

Quoted from 'Ali (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Both religion and the world will exist so long as four things continue
to exist - so long as the rich will not be miserly in spending in the path
of Allaah; so long as the learned will perform deeds in accordance with
the knowledge acquired; so long as the ignorant will not display obstinacy
and pride in what they do not know; and so long as the poor will not sell
their Hereafter in exchange for the worldly life."

Quoted from 'Ali (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Four things are exceedingly difficult - to forgive while angry, to give
alms during want, to abstain from sins in solitude, and to speak the truth
before the person from whom may come fear or favour."

Quoted from Ibn Mas'ood (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Four things produce darkness in the heart - to take excess meals recklessly,
to bear company with the oppressors, to forget past sins, and to keep lofty
desire. And four things produce light in the heart - to keep the stomach
hungry for fear of sins, to keep company with the righteous (salihoon),
to remember the past sins, and to curtail desires."

Quoted from 'Abdullaah ibn al-Mubaarak
(rahimahullaah) - amongst the four essential advices derived from ahadeeth:




Quoted from 'Omar (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"I looked at all friends and did not find a better friend than safeguarding
the tongue. I thought about all the dresses but did not find a better dress
than piety. I thought about all sorts of wealth  but did not find
a better wealth than contentment in a little. I thought of all sorts of
good deeds but did not find a better deed than offering good advice. I
looked at all types of sustenance but did not find a better sustenance
than patience."


Quoted from Uthman (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Five are the marks of Allaah-fearing people. They do not associate with
people other than those with whom they can maintain terms on a religious
basis; they restrain their private parts and their tongues; when they make
any large temporal gain, they take it as a curse, and when they gain even
a little piety, they consider it precious; they do not eat to their full
even of what is permitted for fear that anything forbidden might be mixed
with it, they consider all people  pious and pardoned, but consider
themselves as sinners."

Quoted from 'Ali (radhiAllaahu 'anhu):
"Had there not been five bad qualities, all the people would have been
righteous. Contentment with ignorance; love for worldly life; miserliness
inspite of much wealth; ostentation in (good) deeds; and pride in their
own intelligence."

Quoted from 'Abdullaah ibn 'Amr ibn Al-Aas
(radhiAllaahu 'anhu): "Whoever does five things is fortunate in this world
and in the Hereafter. Reciting Laa ilaaha illallaah Muhammadur-Rasoolullaah;
Inna lillaahi wa inaa ilaihi raaji'oon when any mishap befalls them; saying
laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaahil 'azeem - alhumdulillaahi rabbil
alameen when any gift is bestowed upon them; saying bismillaahir-rahmaanir-raheem
when beginning any work; and saying astaghfirullaahil 'azeem wa atoobu
ilaihi when any sin is noticed."

Quoted from Sufyaan ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah)
- "None in this age will amass wealth except those having five traits of
character. High hopes; abnormal greediness; excessive miserliness, lack
of fearing Allaah; and forgetfulness of the coming world."



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