Quotes From The Salaf (Page 3)

Aboo Haatim said:

“Rebuking a person’s for their every mistake, even minor ones, constantly, will lead to the love diminishing.” [Rawdhah, p. 182]

Imam Al-Shafi’ee said:

“… I was fatherless and my mother couldn’t afford paper for me. When I found a bone, I wrote on it.” [Jaami’ Bayaan Al-‘Ilm,­ 157]

Yazeed said:

“I have not seen anyone more fearful of Allaah (swt) and more intelligent than Aboo Haneefah.” [Tadhkiratul-Huffaadh, by Adh-Dhahabee]

Imaam Maalik (D.179H) said:

“I did not start giving fataawaa until seventy (scholars) said that I was suitable for that.” [Tadhkiratul-Huffaadh, by Adh-Dhahabee]

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

“The scholar is the doctor of the Deen, and the dirham is its sickness. So if the doctor infects himself with the sickness, then when will he cure others?!” [Tadhkiratul-Huffaadh, by Adh-Dhahabee]

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

“Whoever speaks about Islam without knowledge is a liar. Even if he had not intended to lie.” [Majmoo’ Al-Fataawa, 10/449]

Mujaahid:

“Knowledge will not be learnt by one who is too shy, nor one who is too proud.” [Ad-Daarimee, 1/138]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“They (the Companions) made patience a duty upon themselves and gave it (the dunyaa) a station that was equivalent to that of a rotting carcass, which was not lawful to eat from except in the case of necessity. So they ate from it to an extent that would restore their fitness and preserve their souls and give strength for the day.” [Al-Hilyah of Aboo Nu’aym 2/138]

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“There are several ways in which Shaytaan fooled the Mushrikeen onto idol worship. He played with every nation in accordance with their mind set and way of thinking. He invited some people to idol worship through honouring the dead. These people sculptured idols in the shape of the righteous as had occurred with the people of Nooh. This is why Allaah’s Messenger (saw) has cursed those who make masjids on graves and he forbade salaah at graves.” [Igaathat Al-Afhaan, 2/222-223]

Some of the people said to Ahmad bin Hanbal:

I find it difficult to say about a person that he has such and such problem, and so and so is like such and such.” Imam Ahmad said: “If you remain silent and I remain silent when will an ignorant person know the authentic from the unauthentic?!” [Majmoo Fatawa, 28/231]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“A preacher, in particular, should not be seen behaving like common folks or spending time in the market place or laughing out loud. This is to make sure that people have a good opinion about him and lend an ear to him when he speaks.” [“Sincere Counsel To Students Of Sacred Knowledge” by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.84]

Some of the Salaf have said:

“We used to joke around and laugh, but once people began to follow our example I realized we shouldn’t do that.”

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Learn this knowledge and keep silent. Do not mix it with joking around lest the hearts spit it out.’ [As-Said, p.232]

Ibn Rajab said:

“He who spreads his knowledge to the people and speaks to them must be very careful of not asking things from them. He must not be covetous for any of their wealth or provisions nor wish to win their hearts. He should just spread his knowledge and be content with not hoping anything from them through careful godliness. This is because greed of worldly matters and yearning them are ugly traits especially when found in a scholar.” [Quoted in his explanation of the hadeeth of Aboo Dardaa, P.150-151]

Imaam Ahmad said:

“And let him not be of those who invent new matters [into the Deen], for whenever such a thing emerges from such a man, he seeks to find a proof for what he is doing. So he induces himself to do the impossible, searching for a proof for what he has brought out – whether valid or baseless – in order to beautify his innovation and his invention. And worse than that, is that he fabricates it – attributing it to some written text that has been conveyed about it. So he desires to beautify that with truth and falsehood.” [Al-Ibaanah, by Ibn Battah, 2/472]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab said to Ziyaad:

“Do you know what [things] destroy Islaam? They are the death of a scholar, the Munafiq (hypocrite) who argues using the Quraan, and the Imams who lead the people astray.” [Ad-Daarimee, 1/71]

‘Aa’ishah said:

“I used to enter my house in which the Messenger of Allaah (saw) and Aboo Bakr (her father) were buried, but when ‘Umar was buried with them, by Allaah I did not enter it without covering myself properly, out of shyness towards ‘Umar.” [Mahd As-Sawaab, 3/852]

Aboo Bakr said:

“Every step that a mujaahid takes in the way of Allaah earns him the merit of 700 good deeds and the forgiveness of 700 sins.” [Tabari, 2/462]

Aboo Bakr said:

“A people do no abandon jihaad in the way of Allaah except that Allah abandons them, leaving them to be humiliated.” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 6/305]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Rahawah (ra) said:

“Men do not fight with numbers or weapons, but with faith. By going into battle we have a choice of two glorious alternatives: victory or martyrdom.” [Ibn Hishaam, 2/375]

Aboo Darda’ said:

“I love death because I long for my Lord, I love poverty because it makes me humble in front of my Lord, I love sickness because it expiates my sins.” [At-Tadhkirah, 1/84]

Ibn Hajar Al-Asqalani said:

“The happy one is the one who sticks to what the Salaf were upon, and avoids what was innovated by the Khalaf.” [Fath Al-Bari, 13/267]

Abul-Ahwas said:

‘Abdullah said: No one is born learned. Knowledge comes only by way of studies. [Az-Zuhd, p. 134]

Wahb Ibn Munabbih said:

“The Believer intermingles to learn, adopts silence to protect (himself), speaks to teach and adopts isolation for success.” [Siyar A’laam An-Nubalaa]

Shaykh Al-Albaanee said:

“Ahl-ul-Bid’ah are as the christians when it comes to accepting that which suits them. They read the Qur’ân and Sunnah and take that which suits them and lure away from that which doesn’t.” [al-Huda wan-Noor 430]

Ibn al Qayyim said:

“The one who remains silent in the face of falsehood is a tongueless devil.” [Ad-Da`u wad-Dawaa’]

Ibn al-Jawzee said:

“When you sit in the darkness of the night between the Hands of Your Master, then adopt the behaviour of the children. For indeed, the child when he seeks something from his father, and he is not given it, he cries over it.” [Al-Mudhish, 1/219]

Sufyan Ath-Thawree said:

“Whoever loves that he should be asked, then he is not worthy of being asked.” [Siyar A’laam Nubulaa, 8/469]

A man came to ‘Aa’ishah and asked: “When will I know that I am pious?” She said: “When you realise that you are a sinner”. He said: “And when will I realise I am a sinner?” She replied: “When you think you are pious”. [Tanbeeh Al-Ghafileen, 251]

Saree as-Saqatee (d.257H) said:

“One of the best manners of righteousness is having a good heart as regards the brothers and to give them sincere advice.” [Aadaabul-’Ishrah wa Dhikrus-Suhbah wal-Ukhuwwah, p. 9-20]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“The effect of learning in early age is like engraving on a stone.” [Bahjat Al-Majaalis, 1/109]

Al-Awzaa’ee said:

“It used to be said that there were five things that the companions of Muhammad (saw) and those who followed them in goodness were upon: (1) sticking to the jamaa’ah, (2) following the sunnah, (3) maintaining the masjids, (4) reciting the Quraan, and (5) making jihaad in Allaah’s cause.” [Hilyah, 8/142]

‘Ubaydullaah Ibn Waasil said:

“I heard Ahmad As-Sirmaaree saying once after he pulled out his sword, ‘Know for sure, I have killed 1000 Turks (from the disbelievers) with this sword and if it wasn’t for my fear of it being an act of innovation, I would order for it to be buried with me.” [As-Siyar, 13/39]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad said:

“Follow the paths of guidance and be harmed not by the small number of those who are guided. Beware of the paths of misguidance and don;t be deceived by the great number of those who are in ruin.” Al-’Itisaam, p.62]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Treat the people of the sunnah kindly, for indeed they are strangers.” [Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah, 2/64]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“If one man is in the east and another in the west, and they are both from the people of the sunnah, then send them the salaams and make du’aa for them. How few are the people of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah.” [Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah, 2/64]

‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Abee Az-Zinaad said:

“A man was not considered a real man until he knew the sunnah.” [Al-Hilyah, 2/184]

Ayoob As-Sakhtiyaanee said:

“Indeed the death of a man from the people of the sunnah reaches me and I feel as if I have lost one of my limbs.” [Al-Hilyah, 3/9]

Ibn Mubaarak said:

“Beware of sitting with a person of innovation.” [As-Siyar, 8/411]

Aboo Qilaabah said:

“Do not sit with the people of desires (i.e. the people of innovation), nor debate with them, for indeed, I don’t feel safe that they won’t drench you in their misguidance and confuse you with regards to that which you used to know.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 7/60]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Do not sit with a person if innovation, for surely he will disease your heart.” Al-’Itsaam, p.62]

Hasan Ibn Shaqeeq said:

“Once we were with Ibn Al-Mubaarak when a man came to him, so he asked him, ‘Are you a Jahmee?” The man replied, ‘Yes.’ He then said to the man, ‘When you leave me then don’t come back to me.’ The man then said, ‘I have repented.’ He said to him, ‘No, until your repentance becomes clear the likes of which was clear form your innovation.’ ” [Ash-Sharh Wal-Ibaanah, p.166]

Sa’eed Ibn Jubayr said:

“For my son to accompany a wicked sinner is more beloved to me than for him to accompany an innovator who performs great worship.” [Ash-Sharh Wal-Ibaanah, p.149]

One of the salaf said:

“Whenever a man makes an innovation, the sweetness of hadeeth is removed from his heart.” [As-Siyar, 12/245]

Matr Al-Warraaq said:

“A few deeds from the sunnah is better than many deeds of bid’ah. Whoever performs a deed from the sunnah, Allaah will accept it from him. And whoever performs an act of bid’ah, Allaah will reject his bid’ah.” [Al-Hilyah, 3/76]

Sa’eed Ibn ‘Aamir said:

“Sulaymaan At-Taymee became extremely ill and began to cry greatly. So he was asked, ‘What causes you to cry? Are you in unrest from death?’ So he responded, ‘No, but I once passed by a Qadaree and gave him the salaams, so I fear that my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, will take me to account for that!’ ” [Al-Hilyah, 3/32]

Some of the Salaf said:

“You should not be alone with a woman even for teaching her the Quraan.” [Tuhfatul Mujeeb, 252]

Muhammad ibn Seereen said:

“That a man dies ignorant is better than if he died speaking without knowledge.” [Al Bayhaqeei’ Al Madkhaal, 804]

One of the Salaf said:

“Whoever feels the bite of loneliness when alone does so because of his lack of solace with his Lord.” [Ibn Abee Ad-Dunyaa, Al-‘Uzlah, 49]

Imaam Ash-Shafi’ee said:

“Increase in worship before your responsibilities increase. Then you won’t have time to worship as much.” [As-Siyar 10/49]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“The believer combines between perfection (in worship) and fear (that his deeds will be rejected); and the hypocrite combines between evil (deeds) and feeling safe from (Allaah’s punishment).” [Madaarij As-Saalikeen: 1/512]

‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab once entered upon Aboo Bakr and found him pulling at his tongue. He said, “Oh, what are you doing?” Aboo Bakr replied, “It is this (i.e my speech) that has brought me so much trouble.” [Maalik, Al-Muatta 2:988]

Ibn Rushd said:

“Knowledge used to be in the hearts of men, now it’s just in their clothes (people want to appear knowledgeable).” [Ta’alum, p. 28]

Yahyaa ibn Abee Katheer said:

“Learn the intention, for it is more serious than the action.” [Jaamiul-Uloom wal-Hikam, p.34]

Ibn Wahb:

“That which I learned from Maalik’s behavior is better than the knowledge I learned from him.” [Jaami’ Bayaan Al-‘ilm, 1/250]

Hishaam Bin Urwa used to say:

“Do not question the people about what they have innovated today because they have prepared answers for it, rather ask them about the sunnah because they do not know it.” [Imaam Aloosee in Ghayatul Amaanee Fee Radd Alan-Nabahaanee, 1/367]

Ibn ‘Ijlan said:

“Allah (‘azza wa jaal) made the believer’s strength in his heart and did not make it in his limbs, don’t you see a weak old man fast the hot days and stand (in prayer) at night while a young man is unable to do that.” [Sifat Al-Safwa, 3/341]

Al-Awzaa’ee said:

“It used to be said that there were five things that the companions of Muhammad (saw) and those who followed them in goodness were upon: (1) sticking to the jamaa’ah, (2) following the sunnah, (3) maintaining the masjids, (4) reciting the Quraan, and (5) making jihaad in Allaah’s cause.” [Hilyah, 8/142]

‘Ubaydullaah Ibn Waasil said:

“I heard Ahmad As-Sirmaaree saying once after he pulled out his sword, ‘Know for sure, I have killed 1000 Turks (from the disbelievers) with this sword and if it wasn’t for my fear of it being an act of innovation, I would order for it to be buried with me.” [As-Siyar, 13/39]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad said:

“Follow the paths of guidance and be harmed not by the small number of those who are guided. Beware of the paths of misguidance and don’t be deceived by the great number of those who are in ruin.” [Al-‘Itisaam, p.62]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said:

“Treat the people of the sunnah kindly, for indeed they are strangers.” [Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah, 2/64]

Sufyaan Ath-Thawree said;

“If one man is in the east and another in the west, and they are both from the people of the sunnah, then send them the salaams and make du’aa for them. How few are the people of Ahlus-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa’ah.” [Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah, 2/64]

‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Abee Az-Zinaad said:

“A man was not considered a real man until he knew the sunnah.” [Al-Hilyah, 2/184]

Ayoob As-Sakhtiyaanee said:

“Indeed the death of a man from the people of the sunnah reaches me and I feel as if I have lost one of my limbs.” [Al-Hilyah, 3/9]

Ibn Mubaarak said:

“Beware of sitting with a person of innovation.” [As-Siyar, 8/411]

Aboo Qilaabah said:

“Do not sit with the people of desires (i.e. the people of innovation), nor debate with them, for indeed, I don’t feel safe that they won’t drench you in their misguidance and confuse you with regards to that which you used to know.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 7/60]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“Do not sit with a person if innovation, for surely he will disease your heart.” [Al-‘Itsaam, p.62]

Hasan Ibn Shaqeeq said:

“Once we were with Ibn Al-Mubaarak when a man came to him, so he asked him, ‘Are you a Jahmee?” The man replied, ‘Yes.’ He then said to the man, ‘When you leave me then don’t come back to me.’ The man then said, ‘I have repented.’ He said to him, ‘No, until your repentance becomes clear the likes of which was clear form your innovation.’ ” [Ash-Sharh Wal-Ibaanah, p.166]

Sa’eed Ibn Jubayr said:

“For my son to accompany a wicked sinner is more beloved to me than for him to accompany an innovator who performs great worship.” [Ash-Sharh Wal-Ibaanah, p.149]

One of the salaf said:

“Whenever a man makes an innovation, the sweetness of hadeeth is removed from his heart.” [As-Siyar, 12/245]

Matr Al-Warraaq said:

“A few deeds from the sunnah is better than many deeds of bid’ah. Whoever performs a deed from the sunnah, Allaah will accept it from him. And whoever performs an act of bid’ah, Allaah will reject his bid’ah.” [Al-Hilyah, 3/76]

Sa’eed Ibn ‘Aamir said:

“Sulaymaan At-Taymee became extremely ill and began to cry greatly. So he was asked, ‘What causes you to cry? Are you in unrest from death?’ So he responded, ‘No, but I once passed by a Qadaree and gave him the salaams, so I fear that my Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, will take me to account for that!’ ” [Al-Hilyah, 3/32]

Al-Qurtubee said:

“As for that which is done in our day, by way of the [blameworthy] innovations [bidah] of the Sufi mystics in their addition to hearing songs to the accompaniment of melodious instruments such as flutes, string instruments, etc., such is haraam [forbidden].” [Al-Jaami’u Li Ahkaam Al-Quraan, 14/54]

Talq Ibn Habeeb was asked to define taqwaa so he said:

“Taqwaa is acting in obedience to Allaah, hoping for His Mercy, upon light from Him; and leaving acts of disobedience to Allaah, out of fear of Him, upon light from Him.” [Kitaab Al-Eemaan, by Ibn Abee Shaybah, #99]

Imaam Bukhaaree said:

“I have not held myself to be slight in the presence of anyone, except with ‘Alee Ibn Al-Madeenee.” [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 11/60]

‘Alee Ibn A-Madeenee said:

“Attaining knowledge of the meaning of the ahaadeeth is half of knowledge, and knowledge of the narrators is half of the knowledge.“ [Siyaar A’laam An-Nubulaa, 11/60]

Faatimah, the daughter of the Prophet (saw), said:

“The best women are those who do not see the men, and who are not seen by the men.” [Ahkaam An-Nisaa’, p.219]

Abu Dardaa said:

“Woe one time to he who does not know and acts! And woe seven times to he who knows and does not act upon his knowledge!” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 1/211]

Qaadi Shurayh (d. 78H) heard the sound of the daff being played, whereupon he said,

“Verily, the angels do not enter the house in which a daff is played.” [Reported by Ibn Abee Shaybah with a good (jayyid) sanad. Verified by Al-Albaanee]

Ibraheem An-Nakha’ee (d. 96H) said:

“The disciples of Abdullah [Ibn Mas’ood] used to confront young girls who had daffs with them in the narrow alleyways, confiscate their instruments and break them up.” [Authentically related by Ibn Abee Shaybah]

Some people entered the house of Junayd when he was dying and they found him bowing and prostrating. Despite of his weakness and knowing the moment of death was very soon, he wanted to fold his legs (while in the prayer to do the Sunnah), but he could not because his legs were paralysed. One man said, “Why is he doing all this?” Another replied, “This is from the graces of Allaah! Allaahu akbar!” [Tabaqaat Awliyaa’, pp. 133-134]

One day a man met ‘Aamir Ibn Qays (d. 55h) and asked him, “Can I have a word with you?” So ‘Aamir said, “Then stop the time, so I can talk with you.” And he told a man who asked him a question, “Be quick for I am about to leave.” The man asked him, “What do you mean by that?” He said, “My soul will soon leave my body.”

Some people visited a worshipper and told him, “Did we interrupt you?” He said, “Yes you did! I was reading [the Quraan] and you prevented me [from continuing].“

Aboo Moosaa Al-Ash’aree (d. 42h) used to fast in hot weather so it was said to him, “You are an old man.” He said, “I’m preparing it for a long day (i.e. the day of judgement).“

A worshipper was once asked, “You should be easy on yourself (i.e. do not exhaust yourself with acts of worship).” He replied, “Indeed I exhaust myself in worship because easiness is what I am looking for.”

A friend of Saree As-Saqatee went to visit him, so he found a group of people in his house. Thus he said, “O Saree! You (i.e. your house) have become an environment for idlers!” And he left immediately. [Hilyat Al-Awliaa’, 10/119]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“O World, try to deceive someone else. Are you trying to tempt me or attract me? No way! I divorce you irrevocably. Your time is short and you are insignificant. Alas! The provision is little, the journey is long and the way is lonely.” [Al-Isti’aab, 3/1108]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Whoever reads the Quraan and dies and enters hell, is among those who used to take the verses (or sign) of Allaah in jest.” [Al-Mustatraf, 1/29. See soorah Al-Baqarah 2:231]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“I have knowledge, and would that I could find people to learn it from me and convey it to others.” [A’laam Al-Muwaqqi’een]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Ask me about the Book of Allaah, for there is no verse in it but I know whether it was revealed by night or by day, on the plains or in the mountains.” [At-Tabaqaat of Ibn Sa’d, 2/338]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“By Allaah no verse of it (the Quraan) was revealed but I know why it was revealed, when it was revealed and to whom it was revealed. My Lord has blessed me with a deep understanding and an eloquent truthful tongue.” [At-Tabaqaat of Ibn Sa’d, 2/338]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib used to say at the end of his life:

“Ask me before you loose me.” [Minhaaj As-Sunnah, 8/57]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“In the Book of Allaah, there are stories of those who came before you, foretelling what will happen after you and rulings on issues between you. It is serious and not in jest. Whoever among the tyrants neglects it, Allaah will destroy him. Whoever seeks guidance in anything else, Allaah will send him astray. It is the strong rope, the wise reminder, the straight path. It is the Book that whims and desires cannot distort an tongues cannot mispronounce. Its wonders never end, and the scholars never tire of it. Whoever quotes it speaks the truth; whoever acts upon it will b rewarded; whoever judges according to it will be just; and whoever calls people to it will be guided to a straight path.” [Fadaa’il Al-Quraan of Ibn Katheer, p.15]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib rebuked a preacher saying:

“Do you know what abrogates and what is abrogated therein (in the Quraan)?” The man said, “No.” So ‘Alee said, “You are doomed, and you have led others to doom.” [Kitb Al-‘Ilm, by Aboo Khaythamah, p.31]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Ask to learn and do not ask to cause annoyance.” [Al-Khaleefah Ar-Raashidah, by Al-Yahya, p.486]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“When a righteous slave dies, the place where he used to pray weeps, and the place where his deeds ascended from heaven and earth also weeps.” Then he recited, “And the heavens and the earth wept not for them, nor were they given a respite.” [44:29] [Quote in Ali Ibn Abee Talib, His Life And Times, p.110]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Humility is in the heart, and being gentle when dealing with a Muslim, and not looking around when praying.” [Az-Zuhd of Ibn Al-Mubaarak, #1148]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“I would not forsake the Sunnah of the Prophet (saw) for the opinion of anyone.” [Fath Al-Baaree, 2/421]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“I an not a Prophet, and I do not receive revelation, but I act in accordance with the Book of Allah (swt) and the Sunnah of Muhammad (saw) as much as I can.” [Ash-Shifa, of Qaadi ‘Iyaad, 2/556]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“If I narrate to you from the Messenger of Allaah (saw), then to fall from the heaven would be dearer to me than to tell lies about him.” [Fath Al-Baaree, 6/158]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“If I heard a statement from the Messenger of Allaah (saw), Allaah (swt) benefited me by it as much as He willed. If someone else told me of it, I would ask him to swear (that he heard it from the Prophet), and if he swore I would believe him.” [Ibn Maajah, #1395]

‘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]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“One of the ways in which Allaah honoured this Ummah and singled them out for blessing is that He sent to them Muhammad (saw), who taught them the Book, wisdom, obligations and the Sunnah so that they will be guided…” [Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah, 7/262]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

“Tell the people what they can recognise and accept, and keep away from that which they find odd or objectionable. Do you want Allaah and His Messenger to be disbelieved?” [Bukhaaree, 1/46]

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib was asked, ”How was your love or the Messenger of Allaah?” He replied, “He, by Allah, was dearer to us than our wealth, our children, our fathers, our mothers and cold water when one is thirsty.” [Ash-Shifa, of Qaadi ‘Iyaad, 2/568]

Al-Bayhaqi said:

“As for wiping the face with the hands after concluding the supplication, I do not know that any of the Salaf did it.” [As-Sunan, 1/212]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said:

“Muslims have a consensus that when a sunnah from Allaah’s Messenger (saw) becomes clear to a person, it is not permissible for him to leave it for anybody’s opinion.” [Ar-Risaalah]

Muhammad Ibn Al-Fadl said:

“For the last forty years, I have not dictated to my recorder to record even one bad deed. If I did, I would be ashamed of both of them (i.e. the two angels).” [Sifat Al-Safwah, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, 4/165]

Al-Junaid Ibn Muhammad (d. 297H) said:

“If a man worships Allaah for one thousand years, and then he turns away from Him for one moment, then what he missed in this moment is more than what he gained (in one thousand years of worship).” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, by Aboo Nu’aym, 10/278]

Imaam Ahmad was asked whether Aboo Al-Waleed was a perfect narrator. So Imaam Ahmad replied: “No, his books had neither dots nor diacritical signs, but he was skilled in the hadeeth of Shu’bah.” [Ahmad Ibn Hanbal, ‘Ilal, 1/383]

Najda (a Khariji) asked Ibn ‘Abbaas a certain question and Ibn ‘Abbaas answered them saying that people were accusing him of corresponding with a Khariji, “If I were not afraid of hiding the knowledge (and of the sever punishment), I would not have replied to him.” [At-Tabaraanee, Mu’jam Al-Kabeer 5/159]

During the end of Ibn Sireens’ life he disliked mixing with people or having any kind of social contacts. When Az-Zuhree went to see him, he did not allow him to sit down, and asked him to depart after giving the salutations of peace (as-salaamu ‘alaykum). [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 6/240]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree said:

“One who joins the learning circle without a wooden board (e.g., a pen and paper) is like the one who joins battle without a weapon.” [Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee,Al-Jaami’, 155]

Imaam Bukhaari said:

“I only included in my book Al-Jaami’ (e.g, Saheeh Al-Bukhaari) those that were authentic, and I left out many more authentic narrations than this to avoid unnecessary length.” [Ibn Hajr, Hady Al-Saaree, 1/18]

Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaad said:

“Whoever limits his speech to be in accordance with his actions will (surely) lessen his speech on that which doesn’t concern him.” [Kitab Al-Adhkaar, by An-Nawawi]

Imam Shafi’ee said:

“When one wishes to say something, then it is upon him to think before he speaks. If there is beneficial good in what he will say, then he should speak. If he has doubt about that, then he must not speak until that doubt is removed.” [Kitaab Al-Adhkaar, by An-Nawawi]

Imam Shafi’ee adviced one of his students:

“Do not speak about things that do not concern you, for indeed, every time that you speak a word, it takes control of you and you do not have any control over it!” [Kitaab Al-Adhkaar, by An-Nawawi]

‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ood said:

“There is nothing that deserves to be imprisoned more than the tongue.” [Kitaab Al-Adhkaar, by An-Nawawi]

Abu Ubayd Al-Asqalaani said:

“I have not seen Abu Ubaydah Al-Khawas laugh for forty years. It was said to him: “Why don’t you laugh?” He said: “How can I laugh while a Muslim is still imprisoned by the Mushrikeen?!” [Sifat Al-Safwah, 2/416]

Ibn ‘Abbaas said:

“Marry, because if the servant of Allaah commits fornication Allaah snatches the light of imaan from him, and may or may not return it to him.” [Al-Tabaqaat Al-Kubraa, of Ibn Sa’d, 5/287]

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3 Responses to “Quotes From The Salaf (Page 3)”

  1. جزاك اللهُ

  2. Assalaamu ‘alaikum,, are all these narrations authentic??

    • To the best of my understanding, yes. I never put up info that is unauthentic, hence the name of the blog, The Authentic Base.

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