A Letter To A Mujaahid’s Wife

Posted in Miscellaneous, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , , , on December 20, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

“Dedicated to my princess.

You never once complained when you knew that we would have nothing. You were contempt on having only what little you needed. Where others would have left or moaned, you never once let out a sigh. You understood that what was written was what we would eat. I never once complained abut what was put in front of me as I knew it was your hands that brought it to me. When I had nothing I had you. You put your trust in your Rabb (Lord) and in turn you followed me.

Never did I have to wonder about you as my secrets, my honor and my deen were safe with you. We both know what hardships you faced just by being with me, but not a word did you speak. You were strong and in turn made me strong. Like a vanguard for this Ummah, you concealed yourself. Where others would rush to please their desires, you were the essence of taqwaa (piety).

Life was easy with you and it came so naturally. You were the extension of me and I would never need to finish my words, as who knew me better than you? You knew your place which was by my side. It is the little things that make the person and you would easily have kept me going for a lifetime. The way you would look at me with fire in your eyes showed me that I was the only one for you. You stole my heart and hid it away.

I loved your jealousy and I loved to tease you with the thought of others just so I could know how dear I was to you.

What chance did shaytaan have when you would ensure that fajr was the easiest of the salaahs. I loved that you would forsake me in an instant to fast a voluntary fast. I loved that the haqq (truth) was dearer to you than my life and those of our jewels.

Watching you makes me laugh as I wonder if my heart will ever want another as I se you feed my child, as you lift her out if the bath, as you wipe her little nose and the face she pulls. You will never find a diamond in te hands of another in the same way our diamond deserves to be carried in your hands. We could have it all my love, but who sells paradise for an hour of passing pleasure? No us.

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Understanding The Intercession Of The Day Of Judgement

Posted in Tawheed/Shirk with tags , , , , , , on December 15, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

It is true that on the Day of Judgement, some humans will intercede for others, e.g, the Prophets, the martyrs, the highly righteous and others. But these intercessions will take place with two conditions:

1) With the permission of Allaah(i.e, that Allaah is pleased with the one who is interceding and gives him permission).

2) They will only intercede on behalf of those whom Allaah is pleased with.

The proof for these two conditions are found in the Quraan:

1) Allaah says, “Who is he that can intercede with Him except with His permission.” [2:255 – Also known as aayat Al-Kursee]

2)They cannot intercede except for him with whom He (Allaah) is pleased.” [21:28-29]

BOTH these conditions are needed. Intercession is of no avail if one of these two conditions are missing. For example, the intercession of Prophet Nooh (as) on behalf of his son was rejected as was the intercession of Prophet Ibraheem (as) on behalf of his father.

The wisdom behind these two conditions is that it keeps the hearts attached to Allaah, turned to Him, submissive to Him, and humble to Him, as He is the One who grants intercession. So we should attach our hearts to Him, and not to others besides Him for intercession.

The Story Of Umm Ibraheem Al-Hashimeeyah

Posted in Inspirational Stories, Sisters Base with tags , , , , , on December 10, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

One of the righteous women in Basra was Umm Ibraheem Al-Hashimeeyah. The enemy attacked one of the Muslim towns so people were encouraged to join jihaad. Abdul Waahid Bin Zayd Al-Basree delivered a speech encouraging jihaad and among the audience was Umm Ibraheem. Among the things Abdul Waahid talked about was Al-Hoor (the gorgeous women of Paradise).

Umm Ibraheem stood up and said to Abdul Waahid:

“You know my son Ibraheem and you know that the nobility of Al-Basra wish to have him marry one of their daughters and I have not agreed to one of them yet. But I like this girl you described and I would be happy tp marry her to my son. Can you please describe her again?”

Abdul Waahid then narrated a poem in the description of the Hoor. Umm Ibraheem said:

“I want my son to marry this girl and I would pay you 10,000 dinars as her dowry and you take him with you in this army. He might die as a shaheed and intercede for me on the Day of Judgement.”

Abdul Waahid said:

“If you do so, that is a great success for you and your son.”

She then called her son form the audience. He stood up and said:

“Yes my mother?”

She said:

“Are you pleased to mary this girl with the condition of giving your soul to Allaah?”

He said:

“Yes! I am very pleased!”

She said:

“O Allaah, you are my witness that I have married my son to this girl from Paradise with the condition (that) he spends his soul in Your sake.”

Then she went and brought back with her 10,000 dinars and gave it to Abdul Waahid and said:

“This is her dowry. Take it and use it to provide for the Mujaahideen.”

She then purchased for her son a good horse and she armed him. When the army started its march, Ibraheem came out with the reciters of the Quraan surrounding him and reciting: “Indeed, Allaah has purchased from the believers their lives and their properties [in exchange] for that they will have Paradise.” When Umm Ibraheem was greeting her son, she told him:

“Be careful and don’t allow any shortcomings from yourself to be seen by Allaah.”

She then embraced him and kissed him and said:

“May Allaah never bring us together except on the Day of Judgement!”

Abdul Waahid said:

We reached the enemy’s territory and people were called to fight. Ibraheem was in the front and he killed many of the enemy but then they overwhelmed him and killed him. On our way back I told my soldiers not to tell Umm Ibraheem that her son was killed until I tell her. When we entered Al-Basra, she met me and said: “Did Allaah accept my gift so I can celebrate or was it rejected so I should cry?”

I said: “Allaah did accept your gift and your son died as a shaheed.”

She then prostrated to thank Allaah and said: “Thank You Allaah for accepting my gift.”

The following day she came to me in the masjid and said: “Rejoice!”

I said: “What good news do you have?”

She said: “I saw my son Ibraheem last night in a dream. He was in a beautiful garden dressed in green clothes, sitting on a throne made of pearl and he had a crown on his head. He told me, ‘Rejoice my mother! I got married to my bride!” “

[This story was mentioned by scholars like Aboo Jaafar Al-Lubnaan, and is quoted in “Mashri Al-Ashwaq Ila Masari Al-Ushaaq”]

What Sh. ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam Said About Sh. Al-Albaani

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

“I ask Allaah to bless his life, and may Allaah allow us to benefit from his knowledge – in truth, and in confirming that which is true and admitting that which is good, I am of those who studies at the hands of the shaykh, and I benefited greatly from him in the areas of ‘aqeedah and researching texts – the authentic texts.

Because of this, I shudder whenever I come across a weak hadeeth, as there is no way that I can place a weak hadeeth in any of my books. I cannot stand to do this. SubhaanAllaah, I took from him – may Allaah reward him – even if I differ from him in many of the fiqh opinions that he held. I do not agree with most of his fiqh opinion, as he held many strange positions. However, in terms of hadeeth, then I do not think that there is a single man on this earth who is more knowledgeable in hadeeth than him – our Shaykh, Shaykh Al-Albaani. Likewise, maashaaAllaah on his ‘aqeedah…

And we add to this that he never befriended or compromised with the tawagheet, nor did he sell out on his religion, nor did he sell the verses of Allaah for a small price. Yes we differ with him in some of his opinions, and I do not accept many of his fiqh opinions. As for hadeeth, then if he tells me that this hadeeth is authentic, then I do not question it, yes. In truth, he is a muhaddith; the most well-known living muhaddith that we know of today, and Allaah knows best. However, this is not the reason that we love him or take from his knowledge of hadeeth.

This book of his – Saheeh Al-Jaami’ – does not leave my side most of the time; whether I am travelling or at home. I have a copy in my house, and I have a copy here (in the training camp). Saheeh Al-Jaami’ As-Sagheer is basically a mini-manual of hadeeth. I am saying that it is of the best books after the Book of Allaah (swt). Any hadeeth that might come to mind, you can open up this book and see if it is authentic or not.”

[Fee Dhilaal Al-Soorah At-Tawbah, by Shaykh ‘Abdullaah ‘Azzaam, p.177]

Not Taking Up Positions Of Authority

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , on December 1, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

Many governors were keen to be relieved of the task that had been entrusted to them. During ‘Umar’s reign as Caliphate, ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwaan asked ‘Umar to let him off from the governorship of basra, but he did not let him off.

An-Nu’maan Ibn Maqran, who was the governor of Kaskar asked ‘Umar to let him off from being a governor and let him to for jihaad so that he could seek martyrdom.

Some of the Sahaabah refused governor posts when ‘Umar asked them to work as governors.

Az-Zubayr Ibn Al-‘Awaam refused the governorship of Egypt when ‘Umar offered it to him saying, “O Aboo ‘Abdillaah, would you like to be the governor of Egypt?” He said, “I have no need of that, rather let me go out as a Mujaahid to help the Muslims.”

Ibn ‘Abbaas refused the governorship of Homs when ‘Umar offered it to him after the death of its governor.

‘Umar sent word to Sa’eed Ibn ‘Aamir, appointing him as a governor in some parts of Syria, but Sa’eed refused the post.

Yahyaa Ibn Mu’aadh Ar-Raazi said, “He will never prosper from whom you sense any sign of aspiration to leadership positions.” [Sifat As-Safwah, 4/94]

[” ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, His Life And Times” by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, 2/57-58]

Quotes From Ibn Taymiyyah

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“As for fighting those who invite to innovations, then they are fought to protect the people from their harm, as in the case of war – an adversary may be engaged even though it is not because they are disbelievers. So not everyone whom we are ordered to fight is fought because of his apostasy.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 23/342]

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“It is no among the conditions of Imaamate (of salaah) that the followers know the creed of their Imaam, nor that they question him by asking, “What is your creed?” Rather he is to pray behind the one whose case he does not know, as is.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 23/351]

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“The one who manifests innovation or wickedness is not to be appointed as an Imaam (for salaah) for the Muslims, for he deserves to be punished until he repents.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 23/351]

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“That which Ahlu Sunnah agree upon is that the Quraan is the revealed uncreated speech of Allaah and that the Quraan which the people recite is the word of Allaah recited by people with their voices. So the words are the words of Allaah, an the voice is the voice of the reciter.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 23/361]

Quotes From ‘Alee (Part 3)

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , on November 20, 2014 by TheAuthenticBase

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O people, what destroyed those before you was that they committed sins, and the devoted scholars and rabbis did not stop them, thus they were seized by punishment. So enjoin what is good and forbid what is evil before there befalls you the like of what befell them, and remember that enjoining the good and forbidding the evil does not stop provision and does not bring one closer to death.” [Tafseer Ibn Abee Haatim, 3/15]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Consultation (shoorah) is the essence of guidance. The one who bases his actions on his own opinions without consulting others is in grave danger.” [Adab Ad-Dunyaa Wad-Deen, p. 89]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“What a great support when you seek consultation (shoorah), and what a bad preperation when you do not consult.” [Nihaayat Al-Arab, 6/69]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The view of the old man is better than what the young man sees with his own eyes.” [Nihaayat Al-Arab, 6/75]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Do not include among your advisers any miser, because he will advise you not to be generous and will make you fear poverty. Do not include any coward, because he will weaken your resolve. Do not include anyone who is covetous, because he will try to make you accumulate things by unjust means. Miserliness, cowardice and covetousness are different types of inclinations that are based on thinking badly of Allah (swt).” [Al-Idaarah Al-‘Askariyyah, 1/279]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Miserliness, cowardice and covetousness are different types of inclinations that are based on thinking badly of Allah (swt).” [Al-Idaarah Al-‘Askariyyah, 1/279]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“It is not justice to judge against the man of sound character on the basis of speculation.” [Nidhaam Al-Hukm Fee ‘Ahd Al-Khulafaa’ Ar-Raashideen, p. 165]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“What a bad provision for the hereafter to transgress against the people.” [Nidhaam Al-Hukm Fee ‘Ahd Al-Khulafaa’ Ar-Raashideen, p. 165]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“No on should place his hopes in anyone except his Lord.” [Al-Fataawaa, 8/99]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“No one should fear anything except his sin.” [Al-Fataawaa, 8/99]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Fear Allaah, O slaves of Allaah, and strive hard in seeking Him. Hasten to do good deeds before death, the destroyer of pleasures, approaches.” [Al-Hilyah, 1/78]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“If hardship befalls you, remember Allaah and combine that with hope in Him, for Allaah grants to the Muslim a goodly reward,but He gives more to those who give thanks.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 7/309]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib once looked out over a graveyard and said:

“O people of the graves, tell us your news. As for our news, the women have gotten married, the wealth has been divided, and the houses are inhabited by people other than you.” Then he said: “If they could speak, they would say, ‘We do not think there is anything better than piety.’ ” [Al-Istidhkaar, 1/234]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The most evil of people are those who take graves as places of worship.” [Musannaf Abdur-Razzaaq, 1/405]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Faith begins as a small white spot in the heart, and the more a person increases in faith, the whiter his hear becomes. But the more a person increases in hypocrisy, the blacker his heart becomes until, when the person becomes a complete hypocrite, his heart becomes black. By Allaah, if you were to open the heart of the believer, you would find it to be white, and if you were to open the heart of the hypocrite and the disbeliever, you would find it to be black.” [Al-Fataawaa, 7/191]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The one who resents the evil doer and gets angry for the sake of Allaah, then Allaah will get angry for his sake and will make him content on the Day of Judgement.” [Nahj Al-Balaaghah, p. 667]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The one who forbids what is evil will annoy the hypocrites.” [Nahj Al-Balaaghah, p. 667]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Piety is fear of The Most Majestic (Allaah), acting in accordance with the revelation, being content with little and preparing for the day of departure (death).” [Faraa’id Al-Kalaam, p. 334]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib defined piety by saying:

“(It is) refraining from persisting in sin and refraining from relying too much on obedience.” [Tafseer Ar-Raazee, 2/21]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“No one knows true faith until he realises that what befalls him could never have missed him, and what misses him could never have befallen him.” [Faraa’id AlKalaam, p. 348]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib was asked: “How will Allaah bring His slaves to account despite their huge numbers?” So he said:

“Just as He provides for them despite their huge numbers.” [Adab Ad-Dunyaa Wad-Deen, p. 25]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“I have never seen anything like paradise whose seekers could sleep. And I have never seen anything like hell, those who fear which can sleep.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/7]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O people, do righteous deeds during your lifetime, and your offspring will be taken care of.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/7]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Prayer a night brings radiance to the face during the day.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 276]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The light of the believer results from the optional prayer during the night.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 276]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The soundness of religious commitment comes from restraint, and corruption thereof results from greed.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 276]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Glad tidings to the one who acts upon what he knows.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 277]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Opportunity passes as quickly as a cloud.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 277]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Hard-heartedness comes from a full stomach.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 278]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Prominence stems from virtue and good manners, not from origin or lineage.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 226]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“A good attitude is more splendid than good looks” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 228]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“A good attitude brings ample provision.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 228]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Kindness is one of the best treasures.” [Taareekh Al-Ya’qoobee, 2/210]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“You should not b discouraged from doing acts of kindness by the ingratitude of those who reject it and deny it.” [Tareekh Al-Ya’qoobi, 2/210]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Kindness cannot be complete except with three things; (a) thinking little of it, (b) concealing it; (c) and hastening it. If you think little of it, you will make it great. If you conceal it, you will perfect it. And if you hasten it, you will give people the chance to enjoy and appreciate it.” [Tareekh Al-Ya’qoobi, 2/210]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“There is no nobility with bad manners.” [Al-I’jaaz Wal-Eejaaz, p. 28]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“There is no rest for the envious.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 234]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The envier is angry with someone who has done nothing wrong.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 235]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Whoever unsheathes the sword of transgression will be killed by it.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib Fi-Da’wah Ila Allaah, p. 235]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The wrongdoer who started the trouble will look at his hand hand tomorrow and learn a lesson from it.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib Fi-Da’wah Ila Allaah, p. 236]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Concealing hardship is a sign of chivalry.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 245]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Be kind to the one who wrongs you and you will be safe from his wrongdoing.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 245]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Kindness puts an end to backbiting.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 246]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Whoever has a sweet tongue will have a lot of friends.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 247]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Whoever is lacking in sincerity will have few friends.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 247]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Your tongue will speak what you accustom it to say.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 248]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Whoever asks about that which does not concern him will miss out on that which does concern him.” [Manhaaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 249]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Keep company with righteous people, and you will be safe from the evildoers.” [Nathr Al-Aali Min Kalaam ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib Wa Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 249]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Having a good companion is a treasure.” [Nathr Al-Aali Min Kalaam ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib Wa Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 249]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Accompanying a foolish man is a loss in this world and a regret in the hereafter.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 249]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Do not examine the one who said it (e.g, advice or other good words); rather think of what he said.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 250]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The best of people is someone who benefits the people.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 251]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The tongue is an indication of either ignorance or wisdom.” [Adab Ad-Dunyaa Wad-Deen, p. 265]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Your brother is the one who supports you in the time of hardship.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib Fid-Da’wah Ila Allaah, p. 253]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The value of every person is connected to what he is good at.” [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallabi, p. 438]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The ego is inclined to follow whims and desires and to take the easy option. It is inclined to idle pursuits, prone to evil and attracted to immorality. It prefers to avoid challenges and is reluctant to strive hard. If you force it, you will lead it to the right way, but if you neglect it, you will cause its doom.” [Al-Murtada, by An-Nadwi, p. 201]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Do not be a slave to anyone when Allaah has made you free.” [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallabi, p. 439]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The people are sleeping, and when they die, they will wake up.” [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallabi, p. 439]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“People are enemies of things they do not know.” [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallabi, p. 439]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“One word can cause a loss of blessing.” [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallabi, p. 439]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The one who has little money is a stranger in his own land.” [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, His Life And Times, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallabi, p. 439]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“When one acquires worldly blessings, people attribute to him qualities that are not his, but when all of that departs from him, then people cannot see his good qualities.” [Al-Murtada, by An-Nadwi, p. 202]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Exhort people, and be wise in doing so, for people’s hearts and mins get tired just as their bodies do. ” [Al-Murtada, by An-Nadwi, p. 201]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“A cheerful face is another gift.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abe Taalib, p. 238]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Repeating the apology is a reminder of the mistake.” [Al-I’jaz Wal-Eejaaz, p. 29]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The best exhortation is to look at the dead.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 148]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Remembering death gives clarity to the mind.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p. 149]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib was asked about the best of all people so he said:

“Those who, if they do righteous deeds, they become cheerful and hopeful, and if they do wrong deeds, they ask for forgiveness. If they are faced with trials, they are patient; and if they get angry, they forgive.” [Murooj Adh-Dhahab, 2/431]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Allaah (swt) has slaves, and it is as if they already saw the people of paradise who will be in paradise forever and the people of hell who are being punished there. People are safe from their evil, their hearts are filled with sorrow, their souls are pure and their wants are few. They are patient for a few days for the sake of a long rest.

When you see them at night, you see them standing on their feet (in prayer) with tears flowing down their cheeks, praying to Allaah (swt) to ransom their necks. As for their days, they are virtuous, forbearing, righteous and pious.

One might look at them and think they are sick, but there is nothing wrong with them. They mix with people, but they are preoccupied with a very serious matter.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/6]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“When the believer looks at something, it should be to learn a lesson. When he is silent, it should be because he is thinking about something. And when he speaks, he should speak words of wisdom.” [Murooj Adh-Dhahab, 2/434]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Glad tidings to every person who is not known or prominent; he knows people, but people do not now him; he knows Allaah (swt) and strives to please Him. Such people are beacons of guidance, and Allaah (swt) will save them from every dark trial and will admit them into mercy and grace from Himself. They do not disclose secrets or broadcast gossip, and they are not harsh natured or show-offs ” [Sifat As-Safwah, 1/325]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“By Allaah, I have seen the companions of Muhammad (saw), and I did not see anything like them today. In the morning, they would look yellow, unkempt and dusty, with a mark between their eyes that looked like a goat’s knee. They spent the night prostrating to Allaah (swt), standing and reciting the Book of Allaah, alternating between prostration and standing. Then in the morning when they mentioned the name of Allaah (swt), they would sway like trees on a windy day, and their eyes shed tears until their clothing got wet. By Allah, it is as if the people now are becoming negligent.”

The narrator (Aboo Araakah) said that ‘Alee was never seen smiling after that day until he was killed by Ibn Maljam. [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’ 1/76]

A man came to ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib and praised him but ‘Alee had heard that the man had said something bad about him, so he said:

“I am not as you think, and I am better than you think.” [Taareekh Adh-Dhahabee, ‘Ahd Al-Khulafaa Ar-Raashideen, p. 646]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Beware of giving in to whims and desires because the immediate consequences are bad, and the long-term consequences are worse. If you cannot get control of your whims and desires by means of warning and punishment, then try to use the method of encouragement and thinking of reward, because if the deterrent and incentive come together, you will subject yourself to both, and you will be able to control your desires.” [Adab Ad-Dunyaa Wad-Deen, p. 26]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“One of the means of attaining forgiveness from Allaah is making your Muslim brother happy.” [Tanbeeh Al-Ghaafileen, p. 245]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Among the most difficult of actions are three: (a) allowing others to settle scores with you, (b) remembering Allaah (swt) in all situations, (c) and helping your brothers financially.” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/85]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The consequence of sin are having no energy for worship, a reduced livelihood and reduced physical pleasure.” He was asked: “What is reduced physical pleasure?” He said: “He will not indulge in any permissible pleasure but something will come to spoil it.” [Taareekh Al-Khulafaa’, by As-Suyootee, p. 402]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Whoever wants glory without the support of a large family, offspring without having a lot of children, and independent means without wealth, then let him move from the humiliation of sin to the glory of obedience.” [Taareekh Al-Ya’qoobee, 2/602]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“If you want to attain a position of prominence, avoid what is haraam” [Saja Al-Hamaam Fee Hukm Al-Imaam, p. 57]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Do not do any good deed to show off, and do not refrain from doing it out of shyness.” [Adab Ad-Dunyaa Wad-Deen, p. 110]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“There are three signs of showing off; (a) he is lazy when he is alone and active when he is with other people, (b) he does more if he is praised because of it, (c) and he does less if he is criticised because of it.” [Al-Kabaa’ir of Adh-Dhahabee, p. 145]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“No words are good unless it be accompanied by action. And no action is good unless accompanied by intention. And no intention is good unless it is in accordance with the Sunnah.” [Ash-Sharee’ah, by Al-Aajurree, 2/638, and there is some weakness in its chain of narration]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Self admiration is the most serious of problems.” [Jaami Bayaan Al-‘Ilm Wa Fadhlih, 1/571]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O people of the market, fear Allaah (swt) and beware of swearing an oath, for an oath may cause an item to be sold, but it erases the blessing.” [As-Sunnah, p. 352]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O date sellers, feed the poor, and your earnings will increase.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/4]