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The Salaf And Their Books

Posted in Knowledge with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ibn Bashkuwaal describes ‘Abdal-Rahmaan Ibn Muhammad as saying: “He did not lend his original books, and if someone requested him persistently, then he used to give it to a scribe who copied it and revised it, then handed it to the borrower.” [Ibn Bashkuwaal, Al-Silaah, 299]

After the death of Muhammad Ibn Maslamah Al-Ansaaree (31BH – 46AH), a booklet was found attached to his sword containing hadeeth. [Raamhurmuzee, Al-Muhaddith, 56]

Daawood Ibn Nusair Al-Taa’ee (100-160) buried his books [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 3/187]

‘Abdullaah Ibn Luhi’ah (96 – 174) had books which got burnt. [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 5/376]

Al-Sakan said: “I asked Ibraheem Ibn Muslim Al-Saa’igh to lend me a book and when he demanded a mortgage, I handed him a copy of the Quraan as a mortgage.” [Imlaa, 178]

Aboo Ishaaq Al-Sabee’ee complained that his grandson Isra’eel filled the house with books. [Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadee, Taareekh Bahgdaad, 7/22]

Shu’aib Ibn Abee Hamza (90 – 162) did not allow anyone to utilize his books, but on his deathbed he gave permission to two people to transmit these books on his authority. [Ibn Hajr, Tahdheeb, 2/442]

Once, Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (97-161), being afraid of some trouble, hid his books in a cell. Later, when they were brought out, it was found that there were nine heaps of them each reaching in height to the chest of the man. [‘Alee Ibn Ja’d, Musnad, 248]

Az-Zuhree (51 – 124H) collected books in quantity and used to spend his time with them, so much so, that his wife used to say: “I swear by Allaah, these books are harder for me to bear than three co-wives.” [Aboo Al-Fida, Taareekh, 1/204]

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Sincerity Of The Salaf

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on June 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Whenever Ayyoob As-Sakhstiyaanee (a Taabi’ee) spoke, his heart would become mellow and his eyes would flush with tears immediately, but then he would say, “How severe is this flu that I’m suffering from!

An-Nakh’ee used to recite the Quraan but whenever someone entered upon him he would immediately cover it (so no one would know his good deed).

Ibn Abee Layla used to pretend to be asleep if someone entered upon him while praying.

Al-Hasan Al-Basree once said, “Men (before) used to forbear shedding their tears whenever their tears began to well up (from their fear of Allaah), and if they feared they would be unable to conceal their tears from being noticed by others, they would leave the place so that no one could see them.”

[Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p. 86]

Following The Way Of The Companions

Posted in Methodology Of The Salaf with tags , , , on March 1, 2016 by TheAuthenticBase

Ash-Shaatibee said: “The early generation (as-Salaf) was the most knowledgeable about the meanings of the Quraan.” [Al-Muwaafaqaat, 3/409]

Ash-Shaatibee said: “They (the Companions) are the example to follow with regards to the way in which shariah and its aims and goals are to be understood.” [Al-Muwaafaqaat, 4/130]

Hudhayfah Ibn Al-Yamaan (ra) said: “O people, follow the path of those who came before you, for by Allaah (swt), if you follow their path, then indeed you will succeed tremendously, but if you drift away from it, right or left, you will be greatly misguided.” [Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’, 10/280]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said: “So long as there is evidence in the Quraan and Sunnah, then the excuse for not following them is invalid. If we find no evidence there, then we turn to the opinions of the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (saw) or of one of them.” [Al-Umm, 7/265]

Imaam Ash-Shaafi’ee said: “You have no right to give an opinion unless you base it on a reference point or a valid analogy, and the reference point is the Quraan or Sunnah, the words of one of the companions of the Messenger (saw), or the consensus of the people.” [Manaaqib Ash-Shaafi’ee, 367]

Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal said: “Whatever comes from the Prophet (saw) and his companions, follow it. Then with regards to those who come after them (the taabi’oon), the matter is broad in scope.” [Masaa’il Al-Imaam Ahmad, by Aboo Daawood, p. 276]

Quotes From Sayyid Qutb

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2015 by TheAuthenticBase

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Sayyid Qutb said:

“Legislation is a most fundamental attribute of Godhead (Lordship). Any human being who claims the right to decree laws of his own for a community of people actually and practically claim Godhead (Lordship), even though he may not put such a claim in words. Anyone who recognises such an authority as belonging to a human being admits that Godhead (Lordship) belongs to that human being, whether he calls it as such or not.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/24]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“A heart that does not turn in its totality to Allaah, fearing to incur His anger and seeking to earn his pleasure, will never be able to get rid of the temptation of worldly comforts and riches.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/74]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“It is not possible for any person to have true faith in Allaah as the only Lord in the universe and yet rely on someone other than Him. Those who find themselves relying on someone other than Allaah must for of all search in their own hearts to discover whether they truly believe in Allaah.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/78]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Whenever a Muslim community takes active steps to establish the principle of tawheed (Allaah’s oneness) and to implement His message, it will be granted victory against any enemy that opposes it in defiance of Allaah and His Messenger.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/95]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“He makes you a means to accomplish His purpose when He is certain that you are dedicated to His cause.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/102]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“To abandon the duties Allaah has assigned to the Muslim community is betrayal of Allaah and His Messenger.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/113]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“When Islaam makes it declaration for the liberation of mankind on earth, so that they may only serve God alone, those who usurp God’s authority try to silence it. They will never tolerate it or leave it in peace. Islaam will not sit idle either. It will move to deprive them of their power so that people can be freed of their shackles. This is the permanent state of affairs which necessitates the continuity of jihaad until all submission is made to God alone.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/15]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“We must not be intimidated by the Orientalists’ attacks on the concept of Islamic jihaad, or allow the pressure of world political powers to weigh heavily on us, so as to seek justification for jihaad that do not fit with the nature of Islaam.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/21]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Islaam means submission to Allaah. This is not merely a verbal statement, but a complete code of living that must be implemented, even though such an implementation faces numerous obstacles and difficulties.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/114]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“The truth itself may not be lost to human nature because Allaah has made this nature responsive to the truth. But people’s desires may force a separation between the truth and human nature. It is such desires that cloud people’s vision and cause them to lose their way. People’s desires are not overcome by argument, but by a sense of fearing Allaah.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/116]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Unlike what some kind and sincere people who wish to be Muslims may think, Islaam is not confined to this (mere beliefs and worship rituals). Islaam is a positive movement that accompanies this declaration. It requires its followers to dissociate themselves from jaahiliyyah society, its conceptual beliefs, values, leadership, laws and authority. It also requires its followers to acknowledge loyalty only to the Muslim leadership which wants to bring Islaam into practice.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/125]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“We acknowledge allegiance only to an Islamic leadership that strives to re-establish Islaam in practical life, dissociating ourselves from all other types of society and leadership.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/143]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Those who think that this religion will confine itself to preaching and to the explanation of its message when the forces of evil try to put every type of impediment in its way have little understanding of its true nature.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/182]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“We must guard against adopting a defeatist attitude which puts Islam on the defensive when it is a faith that is meant to govern and regulate people’s lives.” [Fee Zhilaal Al-Quraan [English trans.], 7/193]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“All efforts should first be directed to establish the hard core of true believers, who withstand trials and cannot be shaken. They need further education in the faith so as to grow in strength and awareness. Extreme caution should be exercised in order to guard against horizontal expansion before this hard core comes into being; solidly committed and having profound insight.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/19]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“The Islamic approach does not resort to the use of verbal arguments when confronting material power. Nor does it ever resort to compulsion and coercion in order to force its beliefs on people. Both are equally alien to the Islamic approach as it seeks to liberate people from subjugation so that they may serve God alone.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/23]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Its (Jihaad’s) aim is to destroy tyrannical forces and regimes which force people to submit to a rule different from that of God, and apply a law other than His own.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/26]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Its (Islaam’s) advocates must not be ashamed of declaring that their ultimate goal is to destroy all forces that stand in its way of liberating mankind from any shackle that prevents the free choice of adopting Islaam.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/28]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“There can be no permanent peaceful coexistence between a community implementing God’s law and other communities.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/44]

Sayyid Qutb said:

“Jaahiliyyah, which is the name Islaam gives to any society that rejects God’s law, does not like to see Islaam establishing its solid presence when it contradicts the very basis of its existence and every detail of the programmes of such societies.” [Fee Zilaal Al-Quraan, 8/51]

Quotes From Ibn Taymiyyah

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

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

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

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

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

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

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

Ibn Taymiyyah said:

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

Quotes From ‘Alee (Part 3)

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

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

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib defined piety by saying:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

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

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

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

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

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

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

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

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

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:

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

Golden Words Of Ibn Al-Jawzee

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Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Let the tears you shed in the darkness of the night be your intercessors for when you make mistakes.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 51]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“(On the day of judgement) those who shall receive their books in their left hand will be expelled to the distant darkness veiled (from Allaah), while those who shall receive their records in their right hand will bask in the gust of nearness (to their Lord).” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 41]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“With the ink of your tears, write your good expectations from He Who is capable of fulfilling them.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 51]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Every time you get a heartfelt feeling to repent, the troops of your desires attack and overcome your intentions. Slaughter the throat of desire with the knife of firm resolve, because so long as desire remains alive, you are never safe from the relapse of an ever-changing heart (from good to evil). Let the tears you shed in the darkness of the night be your intercessors for when you make mistakes.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 51]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“This worldly life only impresses those with no intellect. Similar to how vain dreams please the sleeper, imaginary games are perceived by a child, whereas a sensible person cannot be deceived by such delusion.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 61]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The ship of piety must be fully sealed and secured (i.e, have no holes or cracks) for the sea may enter through tiny nails in the ship; therefore seal these areas with the sealant of piety. But a far cry is that from your state, who have cracked it with your major sins! And you shall not come to this realisation until you descend to the same state as the people of Nooh (as), when he regretfully shouted, “There is no protector today” [11:43].” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 66]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Take heed from lessons of those who were before you, before you become a lesson for those who will come after you.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 68]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“O you, this life is behind you, and ahead of you is the hereafter. And to seek what is behind you is a retreat and a defeat, whereas victory lies in advancing forward with strong will.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 69]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Amass (good deeds) in your period of capability, setting them aside before the time of weakness and incapability arrives.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 69]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The loss of opportunity in itself is a sufficient cause of regret.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 69]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“When you are involved in evil you are faster than a speedy stallion, but when it is concerning good and charitable deeds, you are slower than a cripple… Paying alms is heavier on you than the mountain of Uhud, and praying is as heavy as a boulder laid on your chest… You have wasted time more precious than jewels. If you catch sight of a sin you leap upon it like a tiger, but if you catch a glimpse of a good deed you dodge and evade it like a fox.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 78-79]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Whosoever’s garments have been stained with sins shall be distant from those close to Allaah. And whosoever’s reputation has been tarnished by sins, will be humiliated in the midst of the honoured ones. And whoever mounts negligence shall surely dismount in the land of regret.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 83]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“When they hypocrite attempts to simulate the deeds of the sincere, hearts recognise the stench of the corpse of his hypocrisy and so all his deeds become vain. I wonder at the people of hypocrisy! Who do you try to fool and deceive when “your Lord knows what they conceal in their hearts.” [28:69] ” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 87]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“O you, the sins you commit shall never effect your Lord; He only wants to keep you (away) from (your own) harm. You should know that your obedience to Him shall never fetch Him any benefit; your obedience is only for your own benefit. So contemplate on you situation. ” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz,p. 90]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“As I am overwhelmed with my yearning I prepare myself to endure hardships. For great endeavours, there are men who are of a different cut than you, and who pledged to sacrifice themselves for the sake of Allaah, and because of this, they are the ones that truly live. When they encounter horrors upon which the courage of cowards break, they have the urge to repeat it all over again, for their hearts are more firm in the battlefields of Jihaad, than a star in its orbit. Their eyes never close when night arrives and you never have to wait for them to wake up prior to dawn, and why not, because his thirst has yet not been quenched.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 98]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“What a pity! If they (those who indulge in this life) were to truly know whom they had detached themselves from, they would prefer to be torn apart (instead).” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 102]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“O you who severed the connection to his Lord, return. O you who vowed to reject his Lord, repent. You were honoured when Iblees (the devil) was ordered to prostrate to you, whereas Iblees was cast afar when he refused to do so (i.e., such was his hatred of you). Yet I truly wonder at you! How could you, inspite of that, make reconciliation with the devil and boycott your Lord?!” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 108]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Beware of sins, for if they did not have any punishment other than feeling the sham of meeting your Lord while you carry these sins upon you, it would have been enough.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 114]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“If the heart was pure it would be in tumult when a sin is committed, but if the sin is repeated often then it would pas by the heart without being noticed or rejected. When the sin is alien o the heart, the heart feels a foreign presence that it finds discomforting. But when the heart is used to the sin, the heart will become accustomed to it, and will accept it without a second thought. This is like the example of a person who wears a black garment, since he will not be concerned if he spills black on it. ” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz,p. 114]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Whoever does not act upon his knowledge will never recognise the value of what he possesses. He will be like a person carrying musk perfume but is unable to smell it because he has the flu.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 121]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The learned are strangers in this world as they are few among the mutitude of ignorant people.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 121]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The written work that a learned person authors and compile is indeed his immortal child, and his flag of honour.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 121]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“When the determined suffers a hardship or encounters a calamity whose taste is biter, he instantly thinks of the sweetness of the final outcome.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 123]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“I wonder at the person standing at the foot of a bridge for so long that he forgets the name of the town across it, which he was meaning to get to.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 125]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Woe to you, though the pleasures of this worldly life are sweet and tempting, know that the questioning over it will be strict and severe. The time at which a woman conceives is one of playfulness, but the actual hardship that awaits her i at the time of her delivery.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 125]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The first step towards Allaah is to sacrifice one’s soul; this is the path, yet where are those who will walk it?!” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 131]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“I wonder how you reflect on others yet you forget reflecting on yourself!” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 133]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Allaah has bestowed upon you a mercy incomparable to any other mercy. When you repent from your sins, He orders His Angels to overlook what he recorded against you, and when He judges you, He covers your shortcomings so that others do not see the yellowness of your skin caused by your shame.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 135]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The moans of sinners (regretting their sins) is more beloved to Allaah than the exaltation of His glorifiers.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 136]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“I wonder at you! Allah draws near to you though He is in no need for you, whereas you are arrogant with Him though you are in need of Him. When you are far He draws you near to Him and when you are negligent, He reminds you. He did not favour any other creation over you, but nevertheless you still favour everything over Him! Lower the head of your regret before the commencement of the day at which you are blamed because then you will not have the face to answer any of that.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p 138]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Knowledge is attained by sacrificing sleep, and loftiness is sought through self-denial.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 141]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“If Allaah decrees good for a person, He makes his heart disposed towards accepting sincere advice and guides a voice of admonition to echo in his mind during its period of leisure and inactivity… However, if Allaah turns away from a person, He throws him into an ocean of heedlessness, so that whenever he opens his eyes h only sees layers upon layers of darkness, one on top of the other.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 142]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“When you exhale, giving out breaths of regret, they rise and form clouds, to patter upon you drops f forgiveness. And if you shed a tear on the cheek of repentance, you will give life to your barren heart.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 152]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Take advantage of your life, the bricks of which time brings down day after day.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 153]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“If you see a hypocrite having followers, then remember that in the time to come there shall be a Dajjaal who too will have amassed followers.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 157]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Do not be impressed with the outward image of worship, but rather pay attention to the actual purpose of this worship.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 163]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Before, Soofees used to mock the Devil, but today they are the ones that the evil makes a mockery out of.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 164]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Asceticism used to exist in the hearts of people, but today it is only a token superficially appearing on people’s attire.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 164]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The greatest good deed a miser may do is to give charity, because by giving charity he actually combats two devils; the smaller of the two being shaytaan and the greater being his desires.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 173]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Liberate your tongue to indulge in the remembrance of Allaah, but if you are unable to do so, then at the very least, restrain it from backbiting.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 173]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“O you with a grieving heart, the agitation of your innermost self is apparent to the onlooker, because the secret emotion of your heart manifests itself through the expression of your face.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 174]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The blowing of winds in this life may shake trees, but the blowing of the horn shall shake everything in existence.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 175]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Doomed is he who is on a journey that is nearing its end, but has lost the way and has gone astray just when he was about to reach his final destination!” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 179]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Desires cannot see beyond the immediate; whoever foresees that its outcome is in fact a burning fire will patiently endure abnegating it.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 179]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Do you think a person who fully indulges himself in the pleasures of this worldly life will ever get his fill? Never! Only those who detach themselves from it will feel contentment and sufficiency.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 179]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“O you who prefers the cemetery of sleep over the gardens of the pious, the path of joining ties with your Lord does not entail exhaustion; because exhaustion is only felt by those whose hearts still contain desires.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 180]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“If you had piety, nothing of what you seek would be difficult to attain, because the key of piety opens every door.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 185]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“When the pious (who fear Allaah) settles himself down with pure piety he shall never be harmed. On the other hand when he deviates fro piety, then he shall encounter nothing but distress and aggravation.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 185]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“O you whose endeavours and aspirations are low; if you contemplate with an insightful heart upon what these people (the pious) have gained, your tongue would surely wail deploringly, “Oh how I wish I were with them!” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 190]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“It is only upon the arrival of the breezes of late night does his soul transcend to a state of indescribable divine comfort that extends from the palace of wishes to the land of hope, upon which the yearning traveller starts feeling the gentle breeze of ease while being immersed in a feeling of passion.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p.192]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Woe to you, the moment of your departure from this world is ever near, yet you have neither set aside for yourself fruits of good deeds to stave away the pangs of your hunger, nor filled your bottle with the drops of your tears to cool down the heat of your midday sun.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 194]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Solitude is the best diet for the one seeking to renounce worldly pleasures.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 201]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“The pious travelled in the darkness of the night (by praying) and arrived at their final destination (the love of Allaah) by dawn, and all the while you are on a completely different road, and you lack of remorse and regret itself warrants regret. How sad it is for not feeling sorrow for missing all this. Stand there looking at the traces of these travellers, and lament those who were let behind.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 210]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“I wonder at those who have halted to a standstill at “I only Allaah were to guide is!” when they do not even seek the means of guidance.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 213]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Indeed the demands of life and its unpredictable changes can change one’s purpose and alter one’s course, causing the one walking on the path to Allaah to falter, but “whoever fears Allaah, He will make for him a way out.” [65:2]” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 213]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“O you who has become cut off from the path of spiritual connection; will you not get back on track? Did you dedicate yourself to your Lord, or to everything else except Him?” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 214]

Ibn Al-Jawzee said:

“Advance forward purposefully, full of determination, letting victory be your only concern – not your share of the spoils – because glory can never be attained by a coward.” [Kitaab Al-Lataa’if Fil-Waa’iz, p. 218]