Quotes From ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, Part 2


‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Whoever moves a hand span away from the main body of Muslims has gone beyond the pale of Islaam.” [Mussanaf Ibn Abee Shaybah, 15/24]

‘Alee Ibn bee Taalib said:

“By Allaah I never forsook my property, my wealth, my family and my tribe except to seek the pleasure of Allaah (swt) and His Messenger (saw).” [As-Sunnan Al-Kubraa of Al-Bayhaqee, 6/301]

‘Alee Ibn bee Taalib said:

“By the One Who causes the seed to split and sprout and the One Who created the soul, no one loves them (Aboo Bakr and ‘Umar) but a pious believer, and no one hates them but an immoral evildoer.” [Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl As-Sunnah, #4456]

‘Alee Ibn bee Taalib said:

“Carry out the obligatory duties for the sake of Allaah and Allaah will lead you to Paradise.” [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 5/458]

‘Alee Ibn bee Taalib said:

“He (Allaah) has made the sanctity of the Muslims more sacred than all other sacred limits, and He has brought the Muslims together on the basis of devotion and tawheed.” [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 5/458]

‘Alee Ibn bee Taalib said:

“Show little interest in this world, and you will join the righteous people, because what lies ahead of the people is their destination in the hereafter.” [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 5/458]

‘Alee Ibn bee Taalib said:

“Pay attention to the interests of the people… or the people are in front of you (meaning that you could do something for them), and the Hour is behind you and will catch up with you.” [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 5/458]

‘Alee Ibn bee Taalib said:

“If you see something good then go ahead and do it, (and) if you see something evil then leave it.” [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 5/458]

‘Alee Ibn bee Taalib said:

“I did not sleep at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (saw), until I found out what Jibreel (as) had brought down that day of halal and haraam, or Sunnah, or Quraan, or instructions or prohibitions and concerning whom it had come down.” [Musnad Al-Imaam Zayd, p. 343]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“My Lord gave me a smart mind and a questioning tongue.” [Al-Hilyah, 1/67 & At-Tabaqaat, 2/338]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“None of you should feel too shy if he does not know.” [Musannaf Ibn Abee Shaybah, 13/284]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“An ignorant person should not feel too shy to ask about what he does not know.” [Musannaf Ibn Abee Shaybah, 13/284]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Handwriting has a message, so the clearer it is, the better.” [Al-Jaami’ Lee Akhlaaq Ar-Raawi, 1/262]

Aboo Hakeem Al-‘Abdi said:

“We used to write out the mushafs in Koofah. ‘Alee would pass by us while we were writing and he would say, ‘Make your writing big and clear.’ I cut my pen then I wrote, and he said, ‘This is the way. Give light to that which Allaah has given light.’ ” [Al-Jaami’ Lee Akhlaaq Ar-Raawi, 1/262]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Acquire knowledge and you will become known for it. Act upon it and you will become people of knowledge.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/6]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O bearers of knowledge, act upon it, for the true bearer of knowledge is the one who acts upon what he learns and whose actions are in accordance with his knowledge.” [Bayaan Al-‘Ilm Wa Fadhluh, p.285]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Knowledge calls out to action to join it. If action responds (all well and good), otherwise, knowledge will depart.” [Manhaj ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, p.63]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Visit one another and discuss hadeeths; for if you do not do that, they will disappear.” [Sharaf As.haab Al-Hadeeth, by Al-Baghdaadee, p.93]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Do not feel that you have had enough of staying with him (a scholar) for a long time, for he is like a palm tree; you never know when something will fall from it on you.” [Tadhkirat As-Saami, p.100]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Hearts are like  vessels. The best of them are those that contain the most knowledge.” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/75]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The one who has proper understanding (of Islam) is he one who… does not give precedence to any book over the Quraan.” [ali, life and times, p353]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“There is nothing good in worship that is now based on knowledge There is nothing good in knowledge that is not based on proper understanding. And there is nothing good in reading in which there is no pause for thought.” [Ali, his life and times, p. 353]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Allaah did not take covenants from ignorant people that thy should learn until He took covenants from the people of knowledge that they should teach.” [Faraa’id Al-Kalaam, p. 361]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Goodness does not mean increasing your wealth and number of children, rather goodness means increasing your knowledge, having great patience and deliberation, and competing with people in worship of your Lord.” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’ p. 75]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“There is nothing good in this world except one of two men: a man who commits a sin and then hastens to erase it by repenting, an  man who strives to do good.” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’ p. 75]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“No deed is insignificant if it is accompanied by piety. How can it be insignificant if it is accepted?” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’ p. 75]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“It is sufficient honour for knowledge that the one who is not good at it claims to have it and is happy if it is attributed to him. And it is sufficient humiliation for ignorance that the one who is ignorant disavows it and becomes angry if it is attributed to him.” [Faraa’id Al-Kalaam, p. 366]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The reason why people have little interest in seeking knowledge is because they see that the one who has knowledge benefits little from the knowledge that he has.” [Abad Ad-Deen Wad-Dunyaa, p. 82]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Whoever learns and acts upon his knowledge will be called a great man in the kingdom of heaven.” [Jaami’ Bayaan Al-‘Ilm Wa Fadhlih, 1/519]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“The scholar is superior to the one who fasts and prays at night and strives in Jihaad. When the scholar dies, a gap appears in the fortress of Islaam unless another scholar takes his place.” [Ad-Dimyaati, Al-Mutjar Ar-Raabih Fee Thawaab Al-‘Aml As-Saalih, p. 13]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib  used to put a seal in the sack of barley flour that he ate from, and he would say:

“I do not like anything to enter my stomach except that which I know.” [Al-Kalaam Fit-Taareekh, 2/443]

Habbah Ibn Juwayn said that a large platter of sweets called faloodhaj was brought to ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib but he did not eat and said:

“You have a nice smell, a nice colour and a nice taste, but I do not want to get accustomed to something that I am not accustomed to.” [Al-Hilyah, 1/81]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib rode a donkey with his feet dangling to one side and said:

“I am the one who looked down on the temptation of this world.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/5]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O people, asceticism (zuhd) means not expecting to live a long life, being grateful for blessings and refraining from haraam things.” [‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib, by Muhammad Rasheed Rida, p.304]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Humility honours a man.” [Manhaaj Ameer Al-Mu’mineen ‘Alee Fid-Da’wah, p. 23]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“How beautiful is the humility of the rich person towards the poor person, hoping for the reward of Allaah (swt). But better than that is the pride shown by the poor man towards the rich man out of trust in Allah (swt).” [Faraa’id Al-Kalaam, p. 339]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib used to feel happy when guests came such that he once said:

“I have not had a guest for seven days and I am afraid that Allaah is humiliating me.” [Faraa’id Al-Kalaam, p. 402]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib was asked about the meaning of generosity so he said:

“What is initiated by the person is true generosity; as for that which is given in response to being asked, it is given out of embarrassment and as a favour.” [Suyootee, Taarekh Al-Khulafaa, p.204]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“I feel shy before Allaah that there could be any wrong done to me that is greater than my ability to forgive, that anyone should treat me in an ignorant manner that is greater than my patience, that there should be any fault (that I find in a person) that could not be covered by my concealment, or that there should be any need that cannot be met by my generosity.” [Taareekh Ad-Dimashq, 42/517]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O people, fear the One Who hears if you speak and Who knows when you conceal something. Prepare for death which will catch up with you if you try to flee, and will take you if you stay.” [Faraa’id Al-Kalaam, p. 369]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“No person should hope in anyone but his Lord and he should not ear anything but his sin.” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/75 & Sifat As-Safwah, 1/326]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“If he does not know something, he should not feel embarrassed to try to learn (ask); if he is asked about something that he does now know, he should not feel embarrassed to say ‘I do not know’.” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/75 & Sifat As-Safwah, 1/326]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“You should realise that patience is to faith as that head is to the body, and there is nothing good in a body which has no head.” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/75 & Sifat As-Safwah, 1/326]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“If you are patient, the decree of Allaah will be carried out on you, and you will be rewarded. But if you panic and show impatience, the decree of Allaah will be carried out on you while you are burdened with sin (and thus you will be doomed).” [Faraa’d Al-Kalaam, p.371]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Blessing is connected to gratitude, and gratitude leads to more blessings; they are attached to one another. So more blessings from Allaah will not cease unless gratitude from the person ceases.” [‘Uluw Al-Himmah, 5/481]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Follow the guidance of your Prophet (saw), for it is the best of guidance, and follow his way, for it is the best of ways.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 7/319]

A man told ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib something, so he said: “I think you are lying.” Th man said: “No I am not.” ‘Alee said: “Shall I pray against you if you are lying?” The man said: “Go ahead.” So ‘Alee done du’aa and shortly after that the man became blind. [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 8/6]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib used to say: “Ask me.” Sa’eed Ibn Al-Musayyab said, “None of the people said, ‘Ask me’ except ‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib.” [Al-Isti’aab, p. 1103]

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