Quotes From The Salaf (Page 2)

Bishr Ibn Al-Haarith said:

“Look at the person who has the most piety, chastity and purest earning from the people and then accompany him and do not sit with the one who will not help you upon your life in the hereafter.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 7/11197]

Aboo Bakr said:

“I will not leave anything Allaah’s Messenger (saw) did, except that I will also do it; for I fear that if I were to leave any of his commands and ways I would deviate.” [Ibn Battah, Al-Ibânah,# 77]

Some people asked ‘Alî b. Abî Tâlib to describe this worldly life so he asked: “Do you want a long description or a brief one?” They replied: “A brief one.” He said: “Its permissible things (halaal) [lead to] accounts being taken from you, and its forbidden things (haraam) [lead to the] Fire.” [Ibn Abee Al-Dunyaa, Dham Al-Dunyaa, article 17]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“The happiest of people is the one under whose care people are happy because of him, and the most miserable of people is the one under whose care people are miserable because of him.” [Manaaqib ‘Umar, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.130]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“We used to say that this Ummah will be doomed by knowledgeable hypocrites.” [Al-Wilaayah ‘Alaa Al-Buldaan, 1/142]

‘Abdul Wahhaab Ibn Ziyaad said:

“I can’t think of any deeds that are more virtuous than patience except for being pleased [with Allaah and His Qadar] and similarly I don’t know of a level higher and nobler than being pleased [with Allaah and His Qadar] and it is the head of loving Allaah.” [Al-Hilyah, 6/163]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Three qualities are from patience: (a) not speaking about your misfortune, (b) (not speaking about) your pain, and (c) not praising yourself.” [Al-Hilyah, 6/389]

Ibn Abee Rawaad said:

“Once I saw a sore on Muhammad Ibn Waassi’s hand and it was as if he saw how difficult I saw that to be. So he asked me, ‘Do you know what favour Allaah has over me with regards to this blister?‘ I kept silent. He continued, ‘He didn’t make it on my eye, or (on) the tip of my tingue, or (on) the tip of my penis.‘ Thereupon his sore became easy for me to bear.” [As-Sabr, p.184]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab would write to his governors during his caliphate and say:

“The most important of your affairs in my view is prayer; whoever prays regularly has protected his faith, but whoever neglects it, is bound to be more negligent in other issues of faith.” [At-Taareeqah Al-Hakamiyah, p.240]

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul-’Azeez said:

“Allaah never blesses a slave with a favour and then takes it away form him and then recompenses him in its place with patience, except that which He recompensed him with [patience] was better than what He took away from him.” [‘Iddatus Saabireen, p. 24]

Imaam Ahmad said:

“The graves of Ahl Al-Sunnah who committed major sins are gardens (from Paradise) whilst the graves of the heretics (adherents of Bid’ah) who were ascetics are pits (from the Fire). The sinners from Ahl Al-Sunnah are the beloved (awliyaa’) of Allaah, whereas the ascetics of Ahl Al-Bid’ah are the enemies of Allaah.” [Ibn Abî Ya’laa, Tabaqaat Al-Hanaabilah, 1/182]

Muhammad Ibn Khallaad Al-Baahilee said that the mu’adhdhin of Lahjeem informed him that, “Sufyaan Ath-Thawree would visit us in our locality. He would sit amongst us but none of us knew him, instead thinking he was a bedouin. He would listen to our words and when he spoke, we would hear great words; he would remind us of Paradise and inculcate in us the fear of Hell.“ []

Yahyaa Ibn Mu’aadh Al-Raazee said:

“Son of Aadam; you seek the world as if your very life depended on it and you seek the Hereafter as if you have no need of it! You will acquire what you need from this world even if you do not run after it, but you will only attain the Hereafter if you run after it. So be aware of your true condition!” [“The Journey Of The Strangers”, By Al-Aajurree, p. 67]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“If I live, I would not leave the widows of Iraaq in need of anyone after me.“ []

Yahyaa Ibn Aadam said:

“Paradise was surrounded by difficulties, and you dislike it, and Hellfire was surrounded by desires, and you run after it. You are like one who is afflicted with serious illness, if you are able to patiently endure the pain of the cure, you will be healed, if not, the illness will only increase in severity.” [“The Journey Of The Strangers”, By Al-Aajurree, p. 67]

Ibn Rajab said:

“All blessings are from Allaah and His virtue, so whoever ascribes any of these blessings to other than Allaah with the belief that it is not from Allaah is a real Mushrik! And whoever ascribes these blessings to other than Allaah with the belief that they are from Allaah has committed hidden shirk.” [Lataa’if Al-Ma’aarif, p. 70]

Concerning the strangers, ‘Alee (ra) said:

“They live in this world with their bodies but their souls are attached to heavenly matters, they are the ambassadors of Allaah in His lands and His callers to His Religion. O how I desire to see them!” [Aboo Nu’aym, 1/79]

Abu al-Dhayyal said:

“Learn the art of silence just as you learn to speak for if speech is a guiding matter, then silence is a protective measure. In silence you have two characteristics: Attaining knowledge from those more knowledgeable than you and guarding yourself from those who are more argumentative than you.” []

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“Do not put off today’s work until tomorrow, lest work accumulate and you achieve nothing.” [Munaaqib Ameer Al-Mu’mineen, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.129]

Ka’b would say, “Tooba is for them, Tooba is for them!“ It was asked of him, “Aboo Ishaaq, who are they?“ He replied, “Tooba is for them; when they are seen, they are not invited; if they offer their hand in marriage, it is not accepted; when they die, they are not missed.

Imam Ahmad said:

“The adhan is made in the baby’s ear at birth while the prayer is delayed till his death – A sign that his life is short just like the time between the adhan and the prayer.” [Manaqib al-Imam Ahmad by Ibn al-Jawzi]

Al-Hasan (rahimahullaah) said:

“In this world the believer is like the stranger. He does not become upset when it degrades/humiliates him, nor does he compete with others in chasing after its grandeur. For the people are in one state and his is in a totally different state.” [Ahmad, Az-Zuhd p.321]

Sulaymaan would say when describing the strangers:

“Their intent is not the same as the rest of man, their desire for the Hereafter is not the same as the rest of man, and their supplications are not the same as the rest of man.” [Aboo Nu’aym, 9/256]

Sulaymaan was once asked about the greatest deed, at which he wept and said:

“That He (Allaah) look at your heart and find it not desiring anything except Him of this world and the Hereafter.” [Aboo Nu’aym, 9/256]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“There is no relationship between Allaah and anyone except through obedience to Him.” [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 4/306]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“Ask Allaah for help against your evil whims and desires just as you ask Him for help against your enemies.” [Al-Faarooq ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab, by Muhammad rasheed Rida, p. 119]

Imaam Maalik said:

“I do not view that one should stand by the grave of the Prophet(saw) and make du’aa, rather one should give salaam and then pass by.” [Saheeh. Siyaanatul Insaan (p.264). Also see Fath Al-Mannaan, p.358]

It is reported on the authority of Al-Wakî’ b. Al-Jarrâh:

We went out one Eid with Sufyaan Al-Thawrî and he said, “The first thing we will do on this day of ours is to lower our gaze.” [Ibn Abee Al-Dunyaa, Kitaab Al-Wara’. Article 66]

Hassaan Ibn Abee Sinaan went out one Eid and when he returned home his wife said: “How many beautiful women have you looked at today?” After she kept asking him, he said: “Woe to you! I have looked at nothing but my toe from when I went out to when I returned to you.” [Ibn Abee Al-Dunyaa, Kitaab Al-Wara’. Article 68]

Imaam Ahmad rejected those who would touch his body with their hands in order to seek blessings from him, when this was done to Imaam Ahmad, he became angered and said: “Who did you get this from?” He firmly and sternly rejected this practice. [Refer to Tabaqaat Al-Hanaabilah 1/228 & Al-Minhaaj Al-Ahmad 1/428]

‘Uthmaan Ibn Hakeem said:

“Befriend the one who is above you in the religion and below you in the worldly life.” [As-Samt, of Ibn Abee Dunyaa, p.45]

Yahyaa Ibn Katheer said:

“The best of brothers are those who say, ‘Come let’s fast before we die,’ and the worst of brothers are those who say, ‘Come let’s eat and drink before we die.’ “ [Al-Hilyah, 3/71]

Hubayrah said:

“Consider the people based upon their friends.” [Raudatul ‘Uqalaa, p.108]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“I wish you knew what I have in my heart for you, but there is no way for you to know except by my actions.” [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 4/409]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“Whoever acts on whims and desires and sin loses out and harms no one but himself. Whoever follows the sunnah and adheres to laws and follows the right path, seeking that which is with Allaah for those who obey Him, is doing the right thing and is a winner.“ [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 4/410]

Al-Qurtubee said:

“Our scholars have said that it is prohibited for the Muslims to take the graves of the Prophets and of the ‘Ulamaa as masjids.” [Tafseer Al-Qurtubee, 10/380]

Katheer Ibn Sayfee said:

“Meeting your beloved friends eases stress.” [Al-Ikhwaan, p.94]

Yazeed Ibn Abee Ziyaad said:

“I never entered upon ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Abee Laylaa except that he narrated to me a good hadeeth and fed me good food.” [Al-Ikhwaan, p.207]

‘Alaa Ibn Musayyib said:

“Khaytham used to place bags of money in the masjid and sit, so if he saw one of his friends wearing raggedy clothing, he would give him a bag of money.” [Al-Ikhwaan, p.224]

Farwah Ibn naufal said:

“Once I was with Khabbaab (ra), so we went out to the masjid and he grabbed my hand and said to me, ‘Seek nearness unto Allaah to the best of your ability for surely you cannot get close to Him with something more beloved to Him than His Speech.‘ “ [Ash-Shu’ab, p.1463]

‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Urwah said:

“I asked my grandmother Asmaa, ‘How were the Companions of the Prophet (saw) when they recited the Quraan?‘ She replied, ‘Their eyes watered and their skins trembled just as Allaah has described them [in the Quraan].‘ “ [Ash-Shu’ab, p.1900]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood (ra) said:

“Constantly look into the Mushaf.” [Ash-Shu’ab, p.2028]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood (ra) said:

“Verily, these hearts are vessels, so fill them up with the Quraan and do not fill them up with anything else besides it.” [Al-Musannaf, 7/106]

Ibn ‘Abbaas (ra) said:

“Allaah has guaranteed for the one who follows the Quraan that he wont go astray in the worldly life nor be miserable in the Hereafter.” Then he recited: “So whoever follows my guidance will neither go astray nor be miserable.” [20:123] [Al-Musannaf, 7/136]

Naafi’ reported that Ibn ‘Umar (ra) used to recite in his prayer and pass by a verse in which Paradise is mentioned so he would stop and ask Allaah for Paradise, supplicate and cry. He would also pass by a verse in which the Fire is mentioned so he would stop, supplicate and seek the forgiveness of Allaah (swt). [Az-Zuhd, of Imaam Ahmad, p.241]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood (ra) said:

“Recite the Quraan in seven days but do not recite it in less than thre days, and a man should strictly guard his daily recitation of one juzz.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 2/2173]

Khaalid Ibn Ma’daan said:

“When a door leading to good is opened up for one of you then he should hasten to it because you don’t know when it will be shut.” [Al-Hilya, 5/211]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree used to offer prayer and then turn towards the youth and say: “If you don’t offer prayer today, then when?” [Al-Hilyah, 7/59]

Bakr Ibn ‘Abdillaah Al-Muzanee said:

“Whoever commits a sin laughing will enter the Fire crying.” [Al-Hilyah, 6/185]

Al-Qaadhee ‘Iyaad said:

“According to how small you look at the sin is how great it will be in the sight of Allaah, and according to how greatly you look at the sin the smaller it will be in the sight of Allaah.” [As-Siyar, 8/428]

Al- Awzaa’ee said:

“Once I heard Bilaal Ibn Sa’d saying, ‘Do not look at how small the sin is but instead look at how great is the One that you have disobeyed.’ “ [Al-Hilya, 5/223]

Aboo Haazim Salamah Ibn Deenaar said:

“Look at every act that you would hate to die while committing, and then abandon it.” [Al-Musannaf, 7/194]

Ibn ‘Abbaas said:

“There cannot be a major sin along with seeking Allaah’s forgiveness, nor a minor sin while being persistent upon it.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 5/7268]

Al-Awzaa’ee said:

“It used to be said, ‘From the major sins is for a man to do a sin and then look down upon it.‘ “ [Ash-Shu’ab, p.6752]

Aboo Ayoob Al-Ansaaree said:

“Indeed a man will do a bad deed and be afraid of it so much so that he will go to Allaah in safety.” [Ash-Shu’ab, p.6880]

Ibn Al-Mubaarak said:

“Once Wuhayb Ibn Al-Ward was asked, ‘Will the one who disobeys Allaah find the sweetness of worship?‘ He replied, ‘No, nor the one who even thinks about disobeying Allaah.‘ “ [Ash-Shu’ab, p. 833]

Bishr Ibn Al-Haarith said:

“You will not find the sweetness of worship until you place a barrier between yourself and your lusts.” [As-Siyar, 10/473]

Abul Hasan Al-Muzayyan said:

“A sin committed after another sin is a punishment for the first sin and a good deed that is done after another good deed is the reward for the first good deed.” [Sifatus Safwah, 2/456]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“So occupy yourself exclusively with the Hereafter, and empty your heart of all other thoughts; once you have done that, work hard! Do not waste time! And flee from the world and its temptations! Travel to the Hereafter (with your worship) before you are taken there… I have indeed given you the same advice that I gave myself.”

The salaf used to say:

“In a world that will vanish, Falling in love With a fading shadow Is sheer stupidity!”

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Whoever loves this dunya and is pleased by it, then he should know that the love of the akhira is leaving their heart, because the two cannot coexist in one heart.”

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“The one who is in a position of leadership is more likely to fall into temptation or sin, except those whom Allaah protects, and they are few.” [Futooh Ash-Shaam, p.100]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“If I slept during the day I would have neglected the people, and if I slept during the night I would have neglected myself. How can I sleep when I have these two concerns, O Mu’aawiyah?” [Futooh Misr Wa Al-Maghrib, p.105]

Abul-’Aaliyah (d. 90H) said:

“You must stick to the original state of affairs which they were upon, before they divided.”

Imaam Az-Zuhree (d. 124H) said:

“The people of knowledge who came before us used to say, ‘Salvation lies in clinging to the sunnah.’ ” [Ad-Daarimee, 96]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (d. 161H) said:

“No word or action will be correct until it conforms with the Sunnah.”

Imaam Maalik (d. 179H) said:

“The sunnah is like the ark of Noah. Whoever embarks upon it reaches salvation and whoever refuses is drowned.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawee 4/57]

Imaam Maalik said:

“Plastering graves is detested and so is building over them…“ [Al-Mudawwana, 1/189]

Ibn Abbas (ra) said:

“When you feel the need to mention your companion’s faults, remember your own” [Al-Adab Al Mufrad]

Muhammad ibn Sireen used to say:

“We used to say that those amongst us with the most sins are those who spend their time talking about the sins of others.”

Imam Sufyaan ath-Thawri said:

“Keep yourself busy in remembering your faults, so that you have no time left to remember the faults of others.”

Shaikh Al-Islam Ibn Taimiyah said:

“Some people have the disease of criticizing all the time. They forget the good about others and only mention their faults. They are like flies that avoid the good and pure places and land on the bad and wounds. This is because of the evil within the self and the spoiled nature.”

Shaykh Muqbil Ibn Hadi Al-Wadi’ee said:

“So let my enemies say what they will, for my sins are many, and perhaps because of their backbiting and slander my sins will be lightened and instead fall upon their shoulders “

Aboo Haatim said:

“Probing and seeking the faults of others is from the branches of hypocrisy just like thinking good of others is from the branches of faith. The intelligent one always has a good opinion of his brothers, and keeps his grief and sadness to himself. As for the ignorant one, he has evil opinion of his brothers and does not think about his crimes and distress.” [Siyar A’lam an-Nubalaa]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

‎”Let not your tongue mention the shame of another, for you yourself are covered in shame, and all men have tongues. If your eye falls upon the sin of your brother, shield them and say ‘O my eye all men have eyes‘.”

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“Whoever appoints a man because of favouritism or blood ties, and does not appoint him for any other reason, has betrayed Allaah and His Messenger. And whoever appoints an evildoer knowing that he is an evildoer, is just like him.” [Al-Idaarah Al-‘Askariyah Fee Ad-Dawlat Al-Islaamiyah, 1/66]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“Do not think badly of a word uttered by your brother, when you can find a good interpretation for it.” [Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn Baaz, 26/365]

Younus Ibn Ubayd said:

“I know one hundred virtues, and I don’t know whether I posses even one of them.” [Tahzib Al-Kamal, 32/524]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Verily, your true brother is he who is really with you, who will harm himself in order to benefit you, and who, when the troubles of time break you, will shatter himself to pieces in order to gather you together.”

Ahmad Ibn Harb said:

“Verily one of us prefers shade over standing in the sun, but we won’t prefer Paradise over the Fire!” [Al-Ihyaa, 4/568]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said:

“There isn’t any true relaxation for the believers besides the meeting of Allaah.” [Az-Zuhd of Ahmad, p.194]

Rabee’ Ibn Khuthaym said:

“Make abundant mention of this death, the likes of which you have not tasted before.” [Al-Hilyah, 2/114]

Qabeesah said:

“I have never sat with Sufyaan except that I thought about death, and I have not seen anyone who thought about it more than him.” [As-Siyar, 7/240]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“It is ‘deemed as forbidden’ to plaster graves and to write on them the name of the person within the grave and the likes. It is also ‘deemed as forbidden’ to build on them.” [Al-Majmoo’ 5/266]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“I have seen from the leaders those of them who destroy whatever has been built on graves and the fuqahaa did not see any problem in what the leaders did.” [Al-Muhadhdhab, 1/456]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“It is ‘deemed as forbidden’ to glorify the creation so that its grave becomes a masjid, this is out of the fear that it would be a fitnah for the person and for those people after him.” [As-Siraaj Al-Wahhaaj, 1/114]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“The leader of an army or a campaign should not give anyone the hadd punishment of lashes until the battle is over, lest the Devil cause him to join the disbelievers.” [Taareekh Al-Khulafaa’ by As-Suyootee, p.131]

‘Aun Ibn ‘Abdillaah Ibn ‘Utbah said:

The slave worrying about his sins is a motive to leaving them off, his remorse for them is a key to repentance, and a slave will not continue to worry about the sin that he commits until it becomes more beneficial to him then some of his good deeds.” [Al-Hilyah, 4/251]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Verily, a man commits a sin and never forgets it and he won’t cease to be afraid of it until he enters Paradise.” [Az-Zuhd of Imaam Ahmad, p. 338]

Abul Minhaal said:

“There can’t possibly be a better neighbour for the slave in his grave than abundant istighfaar.” [Az-Zuhd of Imaam Ahmad, p. 396]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“If you loved a man for the sake of Allah and then he innovated an innovation in Islam and you did not hate him for it, then you didn’t (really) love him for the sake of Allah.” [Hilyatul Awliyaa (7/34) by Abu Nu’aym al Asbahaanee]

Ahmad Ibn ‘Aasim said:

“Surely, this is the easy prey, clean up the rest of your life and you will be forgiven for your past.” [Az-Zuhd Al-Kabeer, p.228]

Talq Ibn Habeeb said:

“Verily, Allaah’s rights are far too heavy for the slaves to fulfill, and indeed, the favours of Allaah are far too many for the slaves to count, however, wake up as repentants, and go to sleep as repentants.” [Al-Musannaf, 7/182]

Ja’far said:

“Once it was said to Sa’eed Ibn Jubayr, ‘Who from the people is of the most worship?‘ He answered, ‘The man who has committed sins and whenever he remembers his sins, he looks down on his [good] deeds.‘ “ [Sifatus Safwah, 2/665]

Al-Awzaa’ee said:

“The most excellent du’aa is insistence upon Allaah and earnest imploring unto Him.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 2/1107]

Ibn ‘Uyaynah said:

“Don’t ever leave off making du’aa nor allow what [bad deeds] you commit to prevent you from it, for indeed Allaah answered the du’aa of Iblees (the Devil) and he is the most evil of creation [when he said to Allaah] “‘Grant me respite until the Day in which they will be resurrected.’ He (Allaah) said, ‘Indeed you are from those who are granted respite.’ ” [7:14-15]“ [Ash-Shu’ab, 2/1147]

Yahyaa Ibn Mu’aadh said:

“Do not find slow the answer to your du’aas when you have shut off its path with your sins.” [As-Siyar, 13/15]

Abud Dardaa’ said:

“Whoever knocks on the door then it is on the brink of it being opened up for him, and whoever makes a lot of du’aa then his supplication is on the verge of being answered.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 2/1142]

‘Aa’ishah said:

“Ask Allaah to facilitate everything, even the string to your sandal, for if Allaah had not made facilitation, it would not be facilitated.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 2/1142]

Muhammad Ibn Al-Waleed said:

“Once ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil-’Azeez passed by a man in whose hand were stones he played with and at the (same) time he was supplicating, ‘O Allaah! Allow me to marry one of the Hoor Al-’Een‘, so ‘Umar turned to him and cried out, ‘What an evil proposer you are! Certainly you should throw these stones and make you du’aa sincere and pure to Allaah.‘ “ [Al-Hilyah, 5/287]

Al-Qurtubee said:

“Our scholars have said that it is prohibited for the Muslims to take the graves of the Prophets and of the ‘Ulamaa as masaajid.” [Tafseer Al-Qurtubee, 10/380]

Ibn Mas’ood (d. 32H) said:

“The jamaa’ah is whatever agrees with the truth – even if you are alone.” [Reported in Taareekh Dimashq with an authentic chain of narration]

Ishaaq Ibn Raahawaih (d. 238H), the teacher of Imaam Bukhaaree, said:

“If you were to ask the ignorant people about the ‘Main Body’ they would say, ‘The majority of people.’ They do not know that the jamaa’ah is the scholar who clings to the narrations from the Prophet (saw) and his way. So whoever is with the him (the scholar) and follows him, then he is the Jama’ah.” [Aboo Nu’aym in Hilyatul Awliyaah]

Aboo Ja’far Muhammad Ibn ‘Alee said:

“It is a sufficient portion of defect for a person to clearly see from the people [of mistakes and shortcomings] that which he is blind of from his own self…” [Al-Hilyah, 3/188]

Hasan said:

The believer is the mirror of his brother, if he sees something that he is not pleased with, he straightens it out and adjusts it, and protects his honor in private and public.” [Al-Ikhwaan Of Ibn Abid Dunyaa, p. 55]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Muhammad Ibn Manaazil saod:

“The Believer seeks excuses for his brothers, and the hypocrite seeks the mistakes for his brothers.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 7/11197]

Bakr Ibn ‘Abdillaah Al-Muzanee said:

“Treat your brothers well despite their shortcomings that they have, just as you like for them to treat you [well] despite the shortcomings that you have. Everyone that you see making a mistake or mishap should not fall from your sight, for surely you are most deserving of this yourself.” [At-Tawbeekh of Abush Shaykh, p.54]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Whosoever desires to purify his heart, then let him prefer Allah to his desires.”

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“The sinner does not care about whether he angers his Lord or not, all he cares about is satisfying his lusts and desires.” [Ighaath Al-Lahafaan, P.44]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said (advising Sa’d Ibn Abee Waqqaas, who was the leader of an army):

“I urge you and the troops who are with you to fear Allaah in all circumstances, for fear of Allaah is the best means of preparation to face the enemy and the best plan at times of war. I command you and those who are with you to be more cautious of sin than of your enemy, for the sins of an army are more alarming for them then their enemy. And the Muslims are only granted divine help because of their enemy’s disobedience towards Allaah.” [Al-Faarooq ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab, by Muhammad Rasheed Rida, p.119]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad asid:

“Whoever seeks a brother without faults would never have a brother to be his friend.” [Raudatul ‘Uqaalaa, p. 169]

Once Talhah came to ‘Abdul-Jabbaar Ibn Waa’il whle he was sitting with some people, so he whispered something to him and then left. He (Talhah) asked them, “Do you know what he just said to me?“ He said, “Yesterday I saw that you had looked around while you were performing the prayer.” [Raudatul ‘Uqaalaa, p. 197]

Ibn Al-Mubaarak said:

“Whenever a man would see something from his brother that he dislikes, he would give him orders in private and forbid him in private. Conversely, he would be rewarded for him screening his brother and also rewarded for forbidding evil. As for today, whenever a man sees what he dislikes he angers his brother and unveils his screen.” [Raudatul ‘Uqaalaa, p. 197]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad said:

“The Believer screens and gives sincere advice and the wicked evil doer unveils and exposes.” [Jaami’ul ”Uloom Wal-Hikam, p.77]

Al-Humaydee narrated to us saying:

“By Allaah, that I should fight against those who reject the ahaadeeth of Allaah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhe wa sallam) is more beloved to me than that I should fight against a like number of Turks.” [Siyaar Vol. 10, Pp. 616-621]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“What do you think about a day in which they [all of mankind] have stood on their feet for a period of time that amounts fifty thousand years, they haven’t eaten any food, nor drank any drink, until the point that their throats have become severed out of thirst and their insides burnt upon out of hunger, and then they will be taken to the Fire and given drink from a scorching, hot spring?!” [Al-Hilyaa, 4/500]

Mutarrif Ibn ‘Abdillaah said:

“Verily, this death has certainly corrupted upon the people of pleasure their pleasure, so seek pleasure in which there is no death.” [Lataa’f Al-Ma’arif, p.70]

Hasan Al-Basree said:

“O Son of Adam! Walk on the earth with your feet as long as you wish, for it shall soon be your grave. You have not ceased to subtract from your life span since you came from your mothers’ womb.” [Al-Hilyah, 2/155]

Bishr Ibn Mansoor said:

“Verily, I think of something from the affairs of the worldly life which distracts me from thinking about the hereafter, and I fear upon my sanity.” [Al-Hilyah, 2/241]

Al-Ahnaf Ibn Qays said:

“Restraint is praiseworthy except in three things.” People asked: “And what are they o Abû Bahr?” He replied: “Make haste to do the righteous deed, hurry to conduct the funeral of your deceased, and marry the girl in your charge to a suitable man [as soon as you find him.]” [Aboo Bakr Al-Daynooree, Al-Mujaalasah wa Jawaahir Al-’Ilm 6:307]

Ibn Ma’een mentioned Asbagh Ibn Al-Faraj and said:

“He was one of the most knowledgeable of Allaah’s creation about the opinions of (Imaam) Maalik. He would know each single question, when Maalik said it and whoever disagreed with him about it.” [Siyaar, Vol. 10, Pp. 656-658]

Ibn ‘Abdil-Barr said:

“It is prohibited for the Muslims to take the graves of the Prophets, ‘Ulamaa’ and righteous as masaajid.” [At-Tamheed, 1/168]

Wahb Ibn Munbih said:

“The example of the dunya (worldly life) and hereafter is like the example of a man who has two wives. If he pleases one of them, the other one will be displeased”. [Kitaab Dham Ad-Dunya, 1/119]

‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab said:

“Do not enter upon the mushrikeen in their churches on the day of their festival, for divine wrath is descending upon them.” [Al-Bayhaqee. Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 1/723-724]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“Avoid the enemies of Allaah on their festivals.” [Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 1/723-724]

‘Abdullaah Ibn ‘Amr said:

“Whoever settles in the land of the non-Arabs and celebrates their new year and festival and imitates them until he dies in that state, will be gathered with them on the Day of Resurrection.” [Al-Bayhaqee. Ahkaam Ahl al-Dhimmah, 1/723-724]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said, when he was on his deathbed, offering advice to the next caliph, saying:

“I advise the caliph who comes after me to treat the soldiers in the outposts well, for they are the shield of Islam. They collect money and annoy the enemy. He should not take from them anything except that which is surplus to their needs, with their consent.“

Mu’aadh (ra) said:

“One day Aboo Bakr (ra) entered a garden and there was a finch standing in the shade of a tree, so he sighed deeply and then said, ‘Glad tidings to you o bird! You eat fruit, receive shade from the trees and then you pass on to no reckoning; only if Aboo Bakr was like you!‘ ” [Al-Mutamanniyeen, p.71. And there is some difference on the authenticity of this Athaar]

Haani’, the freed slave of ‘Uthmaan said:

“Whenever ‘Uthmaan (ra) used to stand over a grave, his beard would become wet from tears.” [Al-Hilyah, 1/61]

Maalik Ibn Deenaar said:

“By Allaah, if it was possible for me not to sleep, I would not sleep out of fear that the punishment would descend and I am asleep. By Allaah, if I had some helpers, I would spread them out among the Dunyaa and give them orders to cry out to the people, ‘O mankind, the Fire! The Fire!‘ ” [Al-Ihyaa, 4/567]

Once ‘Alaa Ibn Muhammad entered upon ‘Ataa As-Sulaymee and he had passed out, so he asked his wife Umm Ja’far, “What is the matter with ‘Ataa?“ She replied, “Our neighbour lit her clay oven so he looked towards it thereupon he passed out.” [Tadhkiratul Huffaadh, 1/216]

Muslim Ibn Ibraaheem said:

“Hishaam Ad-Dastawaa’ee never used to put out his lamp at night until the morning and used to say, ‘Whenever I see the darkness, I think about the darkness of the grave.‘ “ [Al-Hilyah 6/221]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“As for enjoying (one’s wife) without reaching the vagina (during menses), in between the buttocks, or enjoying the whole body – there is nothing wrong in that.” [Al-Umm, 5/137]

Abu Ad-Dardaa said:

“You will not become an ‘aalim (scholar) until you become a mut’alim (student) and you will not become a muta’alim (student) until you act upon the knowledge you posses”. [Iqtidaa-u Al’Ilmi Al-‘Amal, 29]

Ibn Al-Qayyim mentioned:

“… Optional knowledge is better than the excellence of extra and optional worship. This is because the benefit of knowledge is general, it benefits its possessor and it benefits the rest of the people as well. Whereas the benefit of worship is particular to the person who does that worship. Also because with the scholar, his benefit and knowledge remains after his death. Whereas worship is cut off from him at his death.” [Miftaah daaris Sa’aadah, 1/120]

Ibn Sireen said:

“They would not ask for the chain (of narrators), but when the fitnah occurred, they said, ‘Name us your men.’ They would see who was form the people of the Sunnah and take their hadeeth, and they would see who was form the people of innovation and not take their hadeeth.” [Muqaddimah Saheeh Muslim, 1/13-15]

Ibn ‘Abbaas said:

“There was once a time in which when a man would say, ‘Allaah’s Messenger said…’ our eyes would hasten to him and our ears would open wide (to listen) to him. But when the difficulties and disgrace befell the people, we did not take from the people except for that which we knew.” [Muqaddimah Saheeh Muslim, 1/13-15]

Aboo Al-’Aaliyah said:

“We used to hear narrations, the source of which were the Companions, and we would not be satisfied until we rode to them and heard from them ourselves.”

Ibn Al-Mubaarak said:

“The chain (of narrators) is part of the Religion. Were it not for the isnaad (the chain), anyone who wished could say whatever he wanted.”

Imaam Maalik was asked about the Raafidah, so he said:

“Do not speak to them (the Shee’ah), nor relate from them, for indeed they lie.” [Minhaaj As-Sunnah, 1/13]

Shareek Ibn ‘Abdillaah Al-Qaadee, known to have leanings towards exaggerating regarding the Prophet (saw)’s family, though he was just said:

“Take from all whom you meet, except for the Raafidah, for they fabricate hadeeths and then take it to be their Religion.“ [Minhaaj As-Sunnah]

Hammaad Ibn Salamah said:

“One of the shaykhs of the Raafidah said, ‘When we used to gather and find something to be good, we would make it a hadeeth.’ ” [Minhaaj As-Sunnah]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“Among the people who follow their own desires, I have not seen a group bear witness to more lies than the Raafidah.” [Ikhtisaar Uloom Al-Hadeeth, by Ibn Katheer, p.109]

Ibn Abee Al-Hadeed said:

“Know that lies in the hadeeth of virtues first started with the Shee’ah…” [Sharh Nahjul Balaaghah, 2/134]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“By Allaah, besides Whom there is no other god, if I had all the gold and silver in the world, I would pay it to avoid the terror of what comes after death.” [Saheeh At-Tawtheeq Fee Seerat Wa Hayaat Al-Faarooq, p.383]

Imaam An-Nawawee said:

“It is ‘deemed as forbidden’ to plaster graves and to build and write on them even if the grave is found within a cemetery it should be destroyed.” [As-Siraaj Al-Wahhaaj, 1/114]

Aboo Muslim Al-Khaulaanee used to say:

“If I saw paradise or the Fire in an eye’s view today, I wouldn’t have anything extra to put forth.” [As-Siyar, 4/9]

Imam Muslim said in the introduction to his saheeh:

“In our basic view and the view of the scholars of narrations, the mursal hadeeth is not a valid proof, neither in our view nor in the view of the learned scholars of hadeeth.” [Muqaddimah, Baab Sihhat Al-Ihtijaaj Bil-Hadeeth Al-Mu’an’an]

An-Nawawee has been quoted to have said:

“The mursal hadeeth is a weak hadeeth according to the vast majority of hadeeth scholars, Ash-Shaafi’ee, and most of the fuqahaa (scholars of fiqh) and jurisprudents of usool.” [See Tadreeb of As-Suyootee, p.119]

Yahyaa Ibn Al-Qaasim said:

“Ibn Sakeenah (rh) used to be a scholar with vast knowledge. He never wasted any of his time; whenever we entered upon him, he would say to us, ‘Don’t say anything more than salaams and (ask about the) issue of such and such…‘ because of his great diligence upon researching and establishing the rulings and regulations of the Religion.” [Dhayl Tareekh Baghdaad, 1/354]

Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal used to say:

“Ash-Shaafi’ee was like the sun for the world and like a pardon for the people.”

Talq b. Habeeb said:

‎”There is nothing more harmful to the branches of Knowledge and its people than those who enter themselves into it and they are not from its people. They are ignorant and yet they think they have Knowledge, they cause corruption whilst thinking they are correcting the affairs.” [Ibn Abî Al-Dunyaa, Al-Tawbah article 62]

Ibn Al-Qayyim mentions:

“..And verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.” [Ad-Daa’ Wad-Dawaa Fasl, 49]

Imaam ash-Shaatibee said:

“Linguistically bid’ah (innovation) means ‘a newly invented matter’. The Sharee’ah definition of bid’ah is: “A newly invented way [beliefs or action] in the religion, in imitation of the Sharee’ah (prescribed Law), by which nearness to Allaah is sought, [but] not being supported by any authentic proof – neither in its foundations, nor in the manner in which it is performed.” [al-I’tisaam of ash-Shaatibee, 1/37]

Qutaybah Ibn Sa’eed said:

“Ash-Shaafi’ee died and the sunan died. Sufyaan (ath-Thawree) died and wara’ died. And Ahmad (Ibn Hanbal) died, and bida’ emerged.” [Quoted in Mu’jam of Ibn Al-‘Arabee]

Once, one of the Salaf gave his friends some advice saying:

“When you leave me then split up; so perhaps one of you will read some Quraan in the road, because whenever you meet up with each other you talk.” [Saydul Khaatir, p.480]

Qataadah Ibn Khulayd said:

“You will never find a believer except doing one of three things: (1) Offering worship in the masjid. (2) Resting in a house that screens him. (3) Or handling some worldly business that is binding (on him).” [Sifatus Safwah, 3/231]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood said:

“Indeed, I hate to see a man totally free, not doing anything from the work of the life of this world nor the Hereafter.” [Al-Hilyah 1/130]

Aboo Muslim Al-Khawlaanee would frequently perform dhikr, his tongue would always move in the remembrance of Allaah and so a man asked one of his colleagues: “Is your friend mad?” Aboo Muslim replied: “No, my brother, rather this is the cure for madness!” [‘Abdullaah Ibn Ahmad, Zawaa’id Al-Zuhd, p. 384]

Khaalid Ibn Ma’daan said:

There is not a person except he has four eyes: two in his head with which he sees the matters of this worldly life, and two in his heart with which he looks to the matters of the hereafter. So if Allâh wants good for his servant, He opens his heart’s eyes, and so he perceives what he has been promised in the unseen world. Thus he is saved from the unseen [punishment] through the unseen [reward for the obedient]. [Al-Dhahabee, Siyar A’laam Al-Nubalaa’, 4/ 543]

‘Ubayd Ibn Ya’eesh said:

“For thirty years I have not eaten with my own hands; my sister would feed me while I wrote down ahaadeeth!” [Al-Jaami’ Li Akhlaaqir Raawee Wa Aadaabis Saami’, 2/178]

Aboo Bakr Ibn ‘Ayyaash said:

“If a dirham fell and got lost from one of them, he would spend his entire day saying, ‘Verily to Allaah we belong, my dirham is lost!‘ But he wouldn’t say, ‘My day has gone by and I haven’t accomplished anything!‘ “ [Al-Hilyah, 8/303]

Abdullaah Ibn Al-Mu’taz said:

“The knowledge of a hypocrite is in his speech, while the knowledge of a believer is in his actions.” [Iqtidaa-u Al’Ilmi Al’Amal, 38]

Sufyan At-Thawree said:

“Knowledge knocks on the door of action: it enters if the door is opened, but leaves if it does not receive a reply.“ [Al-Muwafaqaat, 1/75]

Abu Dardaa said:

“Woe to him who does not know, and seven times woe to him who knew but did not act!” [Ihyaa Uloom Ad-Deen, 1/63]

After Aboo Bakr’s son accepted Islaam, he said to his father, ”By Allaah, I saw you in the battle of Badr, but I dodged you because I didn’t want to fight (and kill) you.” So Aboo Bakr replied, ”By Allaah, I did not see you, but if I did see you, I would have fought and killed you.“

Moosaa Ibn Isma’eel said:

“If I said that I never saw Hammaad Ibn Salamah (d.179H) laughing, I would have spoken the truth. He used to either narrate ahaadeeth, make tasbeeh, read the Quraan, or offer voluntary prayer. This is how he used to split his day.”

Ash-Shu’bi said:

“In every nation (past religion), their scholars are the worst – except for the Muslims, whose scholars are the best of them.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 7/284]

Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“When the Muslims captured some polytheists and wanted to kill them, they killed them by beheading, but they did not go beyond that. They did not mutilate them by cutting off hands or feet or any part of the body, or stabbing them in the stomach or burning or drowning or anything beyond what was described, because the Messenger of Allah (saw) forbade mutilation.” [Al-Umm, by Ash-Shaafi’ee, 4/162]

Aboo ‘Ubayd Al-Qaasim Ibn Salaam said:

“The follower of the Sunnah is like the one who holds onto hot coals. And today, in my opinion, this is better than fighting with swords in the Cause of Allaah.” [Taareekh Baghdaad, 12/410]

Al-Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyyaad said:

“The souls are arrayed armies. So those that know one another will unite with one another, and those that don’t know one another will be divided. And it is not possible for a person of the Sunnah to support a person of innovation except due to hypocrisy.” [Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah, 1/138]

Yahya Ibn Yahyaa An-Naisabooree said:

“Defending the Sunnah is more virtuous than jihaad.” [Naqd Al-Mantiq, p.12]

Raafi’ Ibn Ashras said:

“It used to be said, ‘From the punishments of the liar is that his credibility is not accepted.’ And I say that from the punishment of the sinful innovator is that his good qualities are not mentioned.” [Sharh ‘Ilal At-Tirmidhee, 1/50]

‘Ata’ used to say:

“ ‘Aa’ishah was the most knowledgeable of people and the most wise.” [Siyar A’laam An-Nubula’, 2/185]

Al-Ahnaaf Ibn Qays, the chief of Banu Tameem and one of the most eloquent of the Arabs, used to say:

“I heard the speeches of Abu Bakr, ‘Umar, ‘Uthmaan, ‘Ali and the caliphs who came after them, and I never heard words from the mouth of any person that were more powerful and more beautiful than those of ‘A’ishah (ra).” Mu’aawiyah used to say something similar. [Siyar A’laam An-Nubula’, 2/183]

‘Urwah ibn az-Zubayr said:

“I was acquainted with ‘A’ishah, and I have never seen anyone at all who was more knowledgeable of any verse that was revealed, any obligatory duty, any sunnah, anyone who was more well-versed in poetry or narrated more poetry; anyone who was more knowledgeable of Arabic history and lineage and so forth; or anyone who had more knowledge of judiciary matters or medicine than her.” [Siyar A’laam An-Nubula’, 2/193]

Abu Dharr (radiallaahu-anhu) said:

“The Messenger (sallallaahu-alahi-wasallam) did not even leave a bird flapping its wings in the sky except that he gave us knowledge regarding it.” [At-Tabarani in ‘Mu’jam al-Kabir’]

Hudhayfah Ibn Al-Yamaan said:

“Every act of worship that the Companions of the Messenger did not do, do not do them.” [Aboo Daawood – Saheeh]

Ibn Mas’ood said:

“Imitate and follow (the Messenger of Allaah) and do not do bid’ah, for what you have been commanded is enough for you.” Ad-Daarimee – Saheeh]

Malik Ibn Dinar said:

“Love of this world is the head of every mistake (i.e. the main reason behind mistakes). Women are the traps of the shaytan. And wine is a caller to every sin!” [Kitaab Dham Ad-Dunya, 3/416]

Imam Abu Muthaffar Samaani (d.489 AH) said:

“Indeed we have been ordered with following and have been recommended to it, and prohibited from innovating and rebuked for it. The sign of the Ahl-ul-Sunnah is that they follow the Salaf as-Salih, and that they leave everything that is innovated and a novelty.” [Taken from: ‘al-Inteesar li Ahl-ul-hadeeth’ p.69]

Al-Muqree (d.213H) said:

“I am between ninety and a hundred years old, and I have taught the recitation of the Quraan in Basrah for thirty-six years, and here in Makkah for thirty-five years.” [Tahdheebut Tahdheeb]

Imam Ahmad said:

“A woman’s fingernail is ‘awrah (i.e. it must be covered). So when she goes out from her home, she must not reveal any part of herself, not even her khuff (sock), for the chuff describes the foot. What is preferred, in my opinion, is that she put a button on her sleeve where her hand is so that nothing could be exposed from her.”

‘Alee wrote a letter to Muhammad Ibn Abee Bakr saying:

“Remember, O Muhammad, that even if you are in need of your share of this world, you are in greater need of your share of the hereafter. If you have two matters to deal with, one which has to do with the hereafter and the other which has to do with this world, then start with that which has to do with the hereafter.” [The Life And Times Of ‘Alee, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, Pp.564-565]

‘Alee Ibn Abe Taalib said:

“A man would feel upset to miss out on what he could never have gotten, and he could be pleased to get what he never could have missed, so let your pleasure be in that which you get of matters pertaining to the hereafter, and let your regret be with regard to what you miss of that. Whatever you get of worldly gains, do not be too happy about it, and whatever you miss out on of worldly matters, do not be too upset about it; let your concern be what happens after death.” [The Life And Times Of ‘Alee, by ‘Alee Muhammad As-Sallaabee, p.580]

Sa’eed Ibn Al-Musayyib once said:

“I used to travel for nights and days, searching out a single hadeeth.” [Jaami’ Al-Bayaan Al-‘Ilm, 1/94]

Bishr Ibn ‘Abdullaah Al-Hadramee said:

“I used to travel from one city to another, seeking out a single hadeeth that I wanted to hear.“

Ash-Sha’bee related a hadeeth from the prophet (saw) and when he finished, he said to the man to whom he spoke:

“You have taken it for nothing, a man used to travel for something less than this to Madeenah.” [Jaami’ bayaan Al-‘Ilm, 1/92]

Imaam Ahmad used to say:

“Beware of issues in which you have no Imaam (who has preceded you in that issue).“

Ibn ‘Abdil-Barr said:

“… They should not prevent the youth, if he knows something, from speaking about what he has knowledge of. Perhaps a person may be young in age, but elder with regards to his knowledge. And Allaah blesses whom He wills through wisdom and mercy.” [At-Tamheed, 23/150]

Al-Zafraanee said:

“The people of hadeeth were sleeping until (Imaam) Ash-Shaafi’ee woke them up.” [“The Sunnah And Its Role In Islamic Legislation” p. 537]

Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said:

“Upon the neck of every person whose hand touches an inkstand or pen is the favour of Ash-Shaafi’ee.” [“The Sunnah And Its Role In Islamic Legislation” p. 537]

Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal also said:

“We did not know… the abrogating hadeeth from the abrogated hadeeth until Ash-Shaafi’ee sat with us.” [“The Sunnah And Its Role In Islamic Legislation” p. 537]

‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Mahdee said:

“When I saw Ar-Risaalah by Shaafi’ee, it amazed me because I saw the speech of an understanding, eloquent and sincere man, and so I supplicate for him frequently.” [“The Sunnah And Its Role In Islamic Legislation” p. 537]

Aboo Ad-Dardaa (ra) said:

“You will not be a scholar until you learn, and concerning knowledge you will not be a scholar until you act in accordance with it. It is a sufficient amount of sin for you that you do not cease to debate, and it is a sufficient amount of sin for you that you do not cease to dispute. It is a sufficient amount of lies for you that you do not cease to innovate concerning the (commands) of Allaah The Mighty, The Majestic.” [Ad-Daarimee, 301]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Fear the trial and temptation of the ignorant worshipper and the evil corrupt scholar since their temptation is a trial for everyone that has been captivated and enraptured.” [Al-Jarh Wat-Ta’deel, 1/91-92]

‘Imraan Al-Munqaree said:

“I said to al-Hasan one day concerning something that he said, ’O Aboo Sa’eed, this is not what the fuqahaa have said!‘ So he said, ‘Woe to you, have you ever seen a faqeeh?! The faqeeh is the zaahid (ascetic) regarding the life of this world who strives for the Hereafter, is upon clear evident knowledge concerning the affairs of his religion and is constant in the worship of his Lord.‘ “ [Ad-Daarimee, 302]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“I met people and if a man amongst them would sit with a people, they would deem him ignorant, but he is not ignorant. Rather he is a Muslim faqeeh.” [Kitaab Az-Zuhd of Wakee’, 1/307] [This was because of their fear of Allaah and dislike for fame.]

Some of te salaf would say:

“Knowledge is not relaying an abundance of narrations. The scholar is the one who follows knowledge, utilizes it acting upon it, and complies to the sunan even if he does not have much knowledge.” [Al-Jaami’ Li Shu’ab Al-Eemaan, 4/433]

Imaan Maalik said:

“Knowledge is not relaying an abundance of narrations, but rather it is light that Allaah places in the heart.” [Al-Jaami’ Li Akhlaaq Ar-Raawee Wa Aadaab As-Saami’, 2/174]

Yahyaa Ibn Ma’een said:

“Knowledge is understanding and comprehension, and knowledge is not in relaying abundance of narrations.” [Al-Jaami’ Li Akhlaaq Ar-Raawee Wa Aadaab As-Saami’, 2/174]

Al-Asbahaanee said:

“… Knowledge is not relaying an abundance of narrations, but rather it is following it, utilizing it, acting in accordance with it, and compliance to the Companions and the Taabi’een even if he does not have much knowledge.” [Al-Hujjah Fee Bayaan Al-Mahajjah, 2/438]

Adh-Dhahabee said:

“Knowledge is not relaying an abundance of narrations but it is light that Allaah places in the heart and its condition is following it and fleeing from desires and innovations.” [Siyar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 13/323]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“Do not think about a word that exits from a Muslim’s mouth except that you interpret it in the best manner.” [Ameelah of Al-Muhaamilee, p.395]

Muhammad Ibn Sireen said:

“If something reaches you about your brother, then search for an excuse for him. If you do not find an excuse for him, then make an excuse for him.” [Al-Jaami’ Li Shu’ab Al-Eemaan, 14/441]

Ja’far Ibn Muhammad said:

“If something that you dislike reaches you about your brother then search for one excuse for him up to seventy excuses. If it hits the mark, (then good). If not, then say, ‘Perhaps he has an excuse that I am not aware of.‘ ” [Al-Jaami’ Li Shu’ab Al-Eemaan, 14/442]

Some of the Salaf said:

“The one who is silent about the truth is a silent devil, while the one who speaks falsehood is a speaking devil.” [Ad-Durar As-Saniyyah of Hamad bin ‘Atiq an-Najdi, 8/75-79]

Ibn Qudaamah said:

“The Salaf used to forbid others from sitting with the innovators, looking into their books, and listening to their speech.“ [Al-Adaab Ash-Shara’eeyah, 1/232]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“The Prophet (saw) advised and urged that the seeker of knowledge be treated kindly for no other reason except for virtue and honor of what they were seeking.” [Miftaah daar As-Sa’aadah, 1/?]

Ash-Shawkaanee says:

“The Muslims have unanimously agreed that women are not allowed to go out of their homes with their faces uncovered, especially in places where there are many evil people.” [Nayl Al-Awtaar, 6/226]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“A person who truly fears his Lord does not care about others and does not put himself in a position where his religion is at risk.” [“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.72]

‘Abdul Waahid Ibn Safwaan said: “Once we were with Hasan in a funeral so he said:

“May Allaah have mercy on a man who works deeds for the likes of this day. For surely, today you have the ability to work deeds the likes of which your brothers in these graves don’t. So take advantage of good health and free time before the great terror and reckoning comes.” ‘ [Qisarul Aml, p.141]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“The sanity of a person never returned to the one who remained with a soofee for forty days.” [Talbess Iblees of Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 371]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“A soofee cannot be a soofee unless he has four characteristics: (1) he is lazy, (2) he eats too much, (3) he sleeps too much, and (4) he excretes much.” [Tanbeeh Al-Ghabi” of Imaam Burhaan Al-Biqaa’ee Ash-Shaafi’ee, p. 68]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“If a man becomes a soofee in the first part of the day, by the time Dhuhr comes upon him, you will find him crazy.” [Tanbeeh Al-Ghabi” of Imaam Burhaan Al-Biqaa’ee Ash-Shaafi’ee, p. 68]

Before the battle of Al-Qaadisiyyah, Busr Ibn Abee Rahm Al-Juhanee said to his people:

“Nothing should be less significant in your eyes than worldly gain, for worldly gain comes to those who think little of it. Do not incline towards it, for it will run away from you and mislead you.” [Taareekh At-Tabaree, 4/359]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab once wrote a letter to Aboo ‘Ubaydah Ibn Al-Jarraah saying:

“It has reached me that the Muslim women enter the public wash areas along with the disbelieving women. So prevent this and do not allow it, for indeed it is not permissible for a disbelieving woman to see a Muslim woman uncovered.” [Tafseer Al-Qurtubee, 12/233]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad said to ‘Aasim Al-Ahwal:

“O you! Do not allow the people’s great number of people to busy you, for indeed the final affair will only be about you besides them. Beware of wasting your day here and there, for surely this is counted against you, and I have not seen anything more beautiful in seeking or faster in catching than a new good deed for an old bad deed.” [Al-Hilyah, 3/102]

Imaam Maalik said:

“It is not allowed to take as a witness the innovators and people of desires.” [Jaami’ Bayaan Al-Ilm Wa Fadhlihi]

Once a man said to ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil-’Azeez:

“If you would only make some free time for us?!” So he responded: “Where is the free time?! All the free time has gone away. There isn’t any free time except with Allaah.” [Tabaqaat Ibn Sa’d, 5/397]

Aboo Shaamah (d.665H) said:

“The order to stick to the Jamaa’ah means sticking to the truth and its followers; even if those who stick to the truth are few and those who oppose it are many, since the truth is that which the first Jamaa’ah from the time of the Prophet (saw) and his Companions (ra) were upon. No attention is given to the great number of the people of futility coming after them.” [Al-Baa’ith ‘Alal-Bida’h Wal-Hawaadith, p.19]

Regarding the people of innovation, Imaam Ahmad said:

“They differ concerning the Book, they are in opposition to the Book, and they all agree with each other in contradicting the Book. They use the unclear and ambiguous texts as proof for their views and they misguide the people because of what they have difficulty understanding.”

[Majmoo’ Ar-Rasaa’il Al-Kubraa, 1/106]

Al-Badawee said:

“The origin of shirk is that it began from the glorification of graves and being turned towards (to worship).” [Haashiyat Sunan An-Nisaa’ee, 2/42]

If Zayd Ibn Thaabit (ra) would be asked regarding an issue, he would first ask, “Has it occurred?” And if they answered no, he would say, “Then leave it until it occurs.

‘Abdul Maalik Ibn Mirwaan asked Ibn Shihaab about a matter and the latter asked, “Did this happen O leader of the believers?“ He said, “No.“ So Shihaab answered, “Then leave it, for when it comes to pass, Allaah will give us a way out.

On one occasion when Imaam Maalik was ased about an issue he gave the answer to his students, but when one of his students said, “Suppose that it occurred in this way.“ Imaam Maalik became very angry and said, “Are you one of the ‘Supposers’? Did you come here from Iraaq?

Ash-Sha’bee said:

“Nothing was more hated to me than ‘suppose’.”

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“When a question or some verdict is put forward to you,then seize the opportunity,but do not vie or compete for them. Take care not to be like he one who loves that his sayings are acted upon, or that his saying should be publicised or heard – and when it is not, then the effects of that [rejection] can be seen on him.” [Al-Hilyah, by Aboo Nu’aym, 6/377]

Zuhree said:

“Aboo Salamah used to debate with Ibn ‘Abbaas, (and) because of this, he was hindered from great knowledge.” [Jaami Al-‘Uloom Wa Al-Hikam, 1/518]

Maymoon Ibn Mihraan said:

“Do not debate with the one who is more knowledgeable than you, for if you do that he will hoard form you all his knowledge and he won’t be harmed by anything that you say to him at the least.” [Jaami Al-‘Uloom Wa Al-Hikam, 1/517]

‘Abdul-Kareem Al-Jazaree said:

“A pious man never debates.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 8129]

Haytham Ibn Jameel was asked: “A man is well learned with regards to the affairs of the Sunnah, should he debate and argue about them?” He replied: “No, however he should inform the people about the Sunnah, so if it is accepted from him then good and if not then he should keep silent.” [Jaami’u Bayaan Al-‘Ilmi Wa Fadhlihi, 4/94]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“You should take to being unknown, for indeed this is the age to remain unknown. And take to remaining aloof (at a distance) and secluded, and associating little with the people, because when the people used to meet, some of them would benefit the others. But as for today, then that has gone, and in our view, salvation lies in abandoning them.” [Al-Hilyah, by Aboo Nu’aym, 6/376]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Whoever obtains an authentic hadeeth from Allaah’s Messenger (saw) if he wants to turn away from it let him know that the Prophet (saw) is the one who is addressing you.” [Madaarij Us-Saalikeen]

Ibn ‘Abbaas  said:

“Allaah has commanded the believing women, when they come out of their homes, due to a necessity, to cover their faces by placing their jalaabeeb over their heads, and only expose one eye.” [Mukhtasar Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 2/114

Muhammad Ibn Sireen (d.110?) said:

“I asked ‘Ubaydah As-Salmaanee about Allaah’s saying, ‘… to cast their jalaabeeb upon themselves…’ so he veiled his face and head and only exposed his left eye.” [Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 6/470]

‘Imaad Ud-Deen At-Tabaree said:

“So He commanded the women to veil their faces and cover their heads.” [Tafseer Ilkiyaa Al-Haras At-Tabaree, 4/135]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said concerning this ayah (ahzaab:59):

“It means that they must cover their heads and faces so that they may be known as free women. The definition of a jilbaab is a loose outer garment, as has been stated by Ibn Qutaybah.” [Rawaa’i Al-Bayaan, 2/382]

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdil-’Azeez said:

“Whoever acts without knowledge, harms more than benefits.” [Musannaf of Ibn Abee Shaybah, 13/470]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Seek knowledge in a way that does not harm (you acting on) your worship, and worship in a way that does not harm (you gaining) your knowledge. Whoever acts without knowledge harms more than he benefits.” [Musannaf of Ibn Abee Shaybah, 13/499]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“A person who acts without knowledge is like someone who travels without a guide, and it is known that a person like this will more likely be destroyed than saved.” [Miftah Daar As-Sa’ada, 1/82-83]

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“Some of the Shaafi’ee and Hanbalee scholars, and others, have permitted killing the one who calls to innovations that are in opposition to the Quraan and Sunnah. This is the same case with the Maalikee scholars who said, ‘Maalik and others only allowed killing the Qadariyyah for the purpose of eradicating corruption from the lands, not because of their apostasy.‘ ” [As-Siyaasat Ash-Shara’iyyah, p.123]

Ibn Taymiyyah also said:

“Any innovator that has the proof established against him, deserves to be punished. And if not, then still, his innovative and prohibited actions are fruitless and contain no reward in them. Rather they subtract from his good deeds, reduce his reward and serve as a means for lowering his sanctity and status.” [Ar-Radd ‘Alaa Al-Akhnaa’ee]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Be vigilant and totally on your guard, for indeed it (the dunyaa) is like a snake – it is soft to touch, but its poison is deadly and fatal.” [Al-Hilyah of Aboo Nu’aym 2/135]

Ibn Hazm said:

If you are impressed by your brothers’ praise for you, the think of the criticism of your enemies; then your self-admiration will disperse. If you have no enemies, there is nothing good in you; there is no one whose status is lower than the one who has no enemy. It is no more than the status of the one who has no blessing from Allaah (swt) for which he is to be envied, may Allaah keep us safe and sound. If you think little of your faults, then think of them if people found out about them. Imagine people finding out about them, then you will be embarrassed and will recognise your shortcomings.” [Al-Akhlaaq Was-Siyar, p. 71]

‘Abbaad Ibn ‘Abbaad Al-Khawwaas Ash-Shaamee (d.114H) said:

“When will the ignorant one learn if the scholar remains silent and hence does not reject [the evil] that has become apparent, nor orders that it should be left?!” [Ad-Daarimee, 1/160]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Serious matters are the best, and newly invented matters are the worst. Every newly invented matter is an innovation, and everyone who introduces something new is an innovator. The one who innovates is mislead, and no innovator introduces an innovation but he has forsaken a Sunnah.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 7/319]

‘Abbaad Ibn ‘Abbaad Al-Khawwaas Ash-Shaamee (d.114h) said:

“Let your attitude be, when finding something you disapprove of in your brothers, as though you are offering help from yourselves to yourselves.” [Ad-Daarimee, 1/160]

The Salaf would say:

“Innovations are derived from disbelief and they eventually lead to it.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawaa, 6/358]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Beware of entering upon a day having tomorrow or other future days as your main concern and worry. (If you do so), you will increase in anxiety and difficulty, and you will wish to collect during your day, what will suffice you for several days. How stupid! One ends up being preoccupied, one’s grief gets worse and one’s toil and labour becomes great. And the slave ends up neglecting doing (good) deeds as a result of these hopes (he has in tomorrow and the future days).” [Al-Hilyah by Aboo Nu’aym, 2/139]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said:

“There is no goodness in people who don’t give advice, and there is no goodness in people who don’t like to be advised.” [Risaalat Al-Mustarshideen, 71]

Ibn al-Qayyim said:

“Whoever mocks his brother for a sin they repented from will not die until he himself falls into the same sin.” [Madaarij vol 1 p. 177]

‘Alee Ibn Husayn said:

“Tawbah is only through action, and turning back from what has been done. Tawbah is not by mere speech.” [Ibn Abee Al-Dunyaa, Al-Tawbah article 57]

Imam Abdur Rahman al-Jauzi rahimahullah said:

“If you find a darkness in your heart after you sinned , know then that in your heart there is light, because of this light you felt the darkness.” [Rowdathul Muhibeen, 2/112]

Al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“The best of Muslims is a man who revives a practice, from the practices of the messenger Sallahu ‘Alayhi Wa Sallam, that has died out.” [Adaab Taalib Al-Hadith, p. 214]

Al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee (d. 463H) said:

“It is fitting for a student that he begins with memorization of the Book of Allaah – since it is the greatest of the branches of knowledge and that which should be placed first and given precedence.” [Al-Jaami’ li-Akhlaaqir-Raawee wa Aadaabis-Saami’, 1/106]

Ibn Hibbaan said:

“The best brothers are those who wish the most well for one. It is better to be hit by a person who wishes well for you than to be greeted by a bad one.” [Ar-Rawdhah, p. 195]

A man said to Hasan Al-Basree, “Does Ibless sleep?” He said, “If he slept we would have a break !” [Tablees Iblees, p. 52]

Ibn Hibban:

“The noble does not hurt the wise, he does not joke with the stupid and he does not mingle with the sinner.” [Ar-Rawdhah, p. 173] 

One Response to “Quotes From The Salaf (Page 2)”

  1. Rizwan chaudhry Says:

    Assalam ulaikum Alhamdullih a treasure of treasures May Allah SWT bless and protect all the people involved In accessing this knowledge to this present day and those that preserve that which is written from that which is right and all the scholars of old and new and present and enable us to act upon it in accordance to the Quran and Sunnah with the correct intentions and action and speech with the understanding of the Salaf inshallah and help understand which do not know and enable to walk upon the correct path. Ameen

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