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Discussion in 'Ethics and Spirituality' started by Sabr Wa Shukr, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Mu'adh ibn Jabal Radi Allaahu Ta'ala 'anhu who stated that the Messenger of Allaah Salla Allaahu 'alahi wa Sallam said in a Khutbah:

    "Learn Al-Ilm (knowledge), for learning it is a type of khashyah (Fear) of Allaah, seeking it is an act of worship, studying it is a type of Tasbih, searching for it is a Jihaad, teaching it to those who do not know is a charity and delivering it to those worthy of it is an act of drawing closer to Allaah.... it is a weapon to use against the enemies....
    Allaah elevates some people by knowledge to the rank of leaders in righteousness who are followed, their actions imitated and their opinions referred to.... with knowledge the slave reaches the ranks of the righteous and the elevated grades in this dunya and the Hereafter. Thinking about knowledge is equivalent to Siyam (fasting), and studying it is equivalent to Qiyam (praying at night voluntarily).... Only the happy ones are endowed with knowledge while the miserable ones are deprived of it."

    For complete Khutbah read Jami'u Bayani Al-'Ilm vol.1 p. 66

    Wa'alaykumassalaam wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh
  2. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Al-Imaam Ibnul-Jawzi (rahimaahullah) said:
    "I sat one day and found sitting around me more than ten thousand (10,000) persons (listening to my sermon) - all of whom had felt their heart soften (and hearken to the words of Allah) or their eyes overflowed with tears. I reflected upon this within myself and said to myself, "What would your condition be like if they attained salvation and you were destroyed (in the fire)?"
    Within myself I cried out:
    "O Allah! You are my Master! If you judge me fit for punishment in the morrow (hereafter) do not inform them (the audience) of my punishment. I pray this to honour You and not for my benefit, lest one of them say, `The One (Allah) he called us to (worship and obey) punished him.'"
    Ibnul Jawzi in Sa-yyd al-Khaatir - Page 321.

    "And what is the life of this world except an enjoyment of deception" (3:185).

    Wa'alaykumassalaam wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh
  3. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Ibn Hajar (may Allaah have mercy on him) said in his commentary on the hadeeth: Concerning the phrase ‘Souls are like conscripted soldiers’ al-Khattaabi said: ‘This may refer to their similarity as regards good or evil, righteousness or corruption. Good people are inclined towards other good people, and evil people are
    similarly inclined towards other evil people. Souls feel affinity with others according to the nature in which they were created, good or evil. If souls’ natures are similar, they will get along, otherwise they will not be on good terms with one another. It could be that what is being referred to is the beginning of creation in the realm of the unseen
    when, it is reported, souls were created before bodies, and used to meet one another and express their pessimism about the future. When souls have entered bodies (come to the physical realm) they may recognize one another from the past, and may be on friendly terms or otherwise based on that past experience.

    Wa'alaykumassalaam wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh
  4. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Ibn Abee Haatim Rahimahullah- said: "I entered Damascus and came upon the students of hadeeth, and I passed by the circle of Qaasim al-Joo'ee . I found a group sitting around him and he was speaking. Their appearance amazed me; and I heard him saying: "Seize the benefit of five things from the people of your time: when you are present, you are not known; when you are absent, you are not missed; when you are seen, your advice is not sought; when you say something, your saying is not accepted; and when you have some knowledge, you are not given anything for it. I advise you with five matters: when you are treated unjustly, do not behave unjustly; when you are praised do not become happy; when you are criticised, do not become upset; when you are not believed, do not become angry; and if the people act deceitfully towards you, do not act deceitfully towards them." Ibn Abee Haatim said: So I took this as my benefit from Damascus"
    Related by Ibn al-Jawzee (RH) in Sifatus-Safwaa (2/200)

    Wa'alaykumassalaam wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh
  5. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: "When a person spends his entire day with no other concern but Allaah alone, Allaah, may He be glorified, will take care of all his needs and take care of all that is worrying him; He will empty his heart so that it will be filled only with love for Him, free his tongue so that it will speak only in remembrance of Him (dhikr) and cause all his faculties to work only in obedience to Him. But if a person spends his entire day with no other concern but this world, Allaah will make him bear its distress, anxiety and pain; He will leave him to sort himself out, and cause his heart to be distracted from the love of Allaah towards the love of some created being, cause his tongue to speak only in remembering people instead of remembering Allaah, and cause him to use his talents and energy in obeying and serving them. So he will strive hard, labouring like some work-animal, to serve something other than Allaah… Everyone who turns away from being a true slave of Allaah and obeying Him and loving Him will be burdened with servitude, love and obedience to some created being. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): 'And whosoever turns away (blinds himself) from the remembrance of the Most Beneficent (Allaah), We appoint for him a shaytaan (devil) to be a qareen (intimate companion) to him.' [al-Zukhruf 43:36"] - Al-Fawaa'id, p. 159

    Wa'alaykumassalaam wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh
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  6. Janissary

    Janissary New Member

    Imam Shafi' said, "All humans are dead except those who have knowledge ... and all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds ... and those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere ... and those who are sincere are always in a state of worry."
  7. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Part from the days where you used to do as you wish
    And restrain your soul when the decree of Allah is ordained
    And don’t despair over the events of the past
    Fore none of the events of the dunya were ever meant to remain
    And be a man who is firm upon his affairs
    And whose character is that of pardoning and nobility
    And there is sadness or happiness that is continuous
    Just as there is there is no comfort or pain
    If you are a person who is satisfied with what he has
    Then you and the owner of all possessions are equal
    And upon he who’s open valley death descends upon
    Then there is no earth or sky to protect you from it
    And the earth of Allah is vast but
    When the ordainment of Allah descends even the open valley congests

    ~Imaam Ash-Shafee’, may Allah have mercy on him. Aameen.

    Wa'alaykumassalaam wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh
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  8. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Al-Musayyib Ibn Ra'fi' reported that Abdullah Ibn Mas'ud said " A memoriser of the Quraan should be known for his long night prayers when people are asleep, his fasting when people are eating, his saddness when people are happy, his slience when people are talking nonsense, and his humbleness when people are not. He should be wise, gentle and not talk to much: he should not be rude, negligent, clamorous, nor hot tempered. " ~ Ibn Al Jawzee, Sifaat As-Safwa: 1/413

    Wa'alaykumassalaam wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh
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  9. ridhwan

    ridhwan New Member

    The Prophet of Allah SAW said one day to his companions,"Reverence Allah as becomes you." They said, "Verily, O Apostle of Allah, we do reverence Him, and praise be to Allah Who has imbued us with it." Then Rasulillah SAW said, "It is not so; but whoever reverences Allah as it is suitable for him to do must guard his head from humbling itself to others, and from pride and arrogance towards Allah and Allah's creatures; he must guard his senses from whatever is wrong, and must guard his mouth from eating forbidden things, and his heart from receiving what is prohibited; and he must keep death in mind, and the rotting of his bones. And whoever wishes for future rewards must abandon the ornaments of the world. Therefore, anyone attending to the these points has verily reverenced Allah as it is his duty to do."
  10. Janissary

    Janissary New Member

    Abu Shamma, Kitab arRawadatain

    "We hope in Allah Most High, to whom be Praise. Who leads the hearts of Muslims to calm what torments them and ruins their prosperity. Where is the sense of honor of the Muslims? The pride of the Believers? The zeal of the Faithful? We shall never cease to be amazed at how the disbelievers for their part have shown trusts, and it is the Muslims who have been lacking in zeal. Not one of them has responded to the call. Not one intervenes to straighten what is distorted; but observe how far the Franks have gone. What unity they have achieved. What aims they pursue. What help they have given. What sums of money they have borrowed and spent. What wealth they have collected and distributed and divided amongst them. There is not a king left in their lands or islands, not a lord or a rich man who has not competed with his neighbors to produce more support and rival his peers in strenuous military efforts. In defense of their religion they consider it a small thing to spend life and soul; and they have kept their infidel brothers supplied with arms and champions of war; and all they have done and all their generosity has been done purely out of zeal for him they worship in jealous defense of their faith. The Muslims on the other hand are weakened and demoralized; they have become negligent and lazy, the victims of unproductive stupefaction and completely lacking in enthusiasm. If, Allah forbid, Islam should draw reign, obscure her splendor, blunt her sword there would be no one, east or west, far or near who would blaze the zeal for Allah's religion, or choose to come to the aid of Truth against Falsehood. This is the moment to cast off laziness, to summon from far and near all those men who have blood in their veins; but we are confident [He speaks about himself and the small party of believers who began with him and then became a large party]; but we are confident thanks to Allah- alhamdulillah- in the help that will come from him and entrust ourselves to him in sincerity of purpose and deepest devotion. InshaAllah, InshaAllah the disbelievers shall perish and the Faithful have a sure deliverance."

    Salahuddin Al-Ayyubi
    12th century
  11. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Words To Hang On The Wall And Imbue In The Heart
    al-Khateeb al-Baghdaadee rahimahullaah
    From Iqtidaa-ul-'Ilmil-'Amal

    These quotes futher illustrate how the illustrious pious predecessors of this ummah (may Allah be pleased with and bestow His Mercy upon them and guide us to their example) understood the guidance of the Prophet sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam (i.e. Islam).

    * Knowledge is like a father and action is like a child. Knowledge goes with action as narrating goes with understanding.

    *Do not feel satisfied with action while being desolate of knowledge, and do not feel satisfied with knowledge whilst being heedless of actions. Rather, combine the two, even if your share of either may be meager. A little of this, with a little of that is safer in the outcome, if Allah bestows His Mercy, and completes His favor upon His stave...

    *Knowledge leads to action, just as action leads to salvation. So if the action is less than the knowledge, the scholar's knowledge is a burden upon him.

    * Just as wealth has no benefit unless it is spent, knowledge does not benefit except one who acts upon it and observes its obligations.

    * Knowledge is one of the pleasures of the world, yet if it is acted upon, it becomes for the Hereafter.

    * There are two tyrannies in the world: the tyranny of knowledge and the tyranny of wealth. What saves you from the tyranny of knowledge is worship, and what saves you from the tyranny of wealth is renouncing it.

    * Whenever you intend to be honored with knowledge, be attributed to it and be of its people, before giving knowledge its full rights upon you, otherwise its light will be concealed from you and all that will remain on you is its outward illumination. That knowledge is against you, not for you, because knowledge directs towards its application, so if it is not applied appropriately, its blessings are removed.

    * The best knowledge is that which benefits, and Allah only causes knowledge to benefit a person when he acts upon it once having learnt it and He does not cause it to benefit the person that leaves it after having learnt it.

    * Knowledge without action is like a tree without fruit.

    * You are now in the preliminary world, in front of you are two places of abode, out of which you must live in one of. You have not been given assurance of protection, causing you to feel safe. Nor have you been granted acquittal, causing you to slacken.

    * If I were to know with full certainty that all of my life was but an hour, Why should I not renounce it and dedicate it to righteousness and obedience?

    * You are submerged in careless hope, the time or death you do not know of. § Do not be fooled by good health, for it is from the most painful of illnesses.

    * Every soul is by its day, In the morning all hope will be removed. So act with good deeds and work hard Before you are prevented from acting.

    * Ibn Mas'ood radiallahu 'anhu said: "Learn, learn, and once you have learned, act." [isnaad hasan]

    * Aboo Hurayrah radiallahu 'anhu said, "The example of knowledge not acted upon is that of a treasure none of which is spent in the way of Allah the Mighty and Majestic."

    * Az-Zuhree said, "The people will never be pleased with the statement of a scholar who does not act, nor of a person who acts but has no knowledge." [hasan]

    * Whoever sought knowledge, intending the knowledge alone (i.e. without action) would not benefit by it. Yet whoever sought knowledge intending to act upon it, would benefit, even by a little knowledge.

    * Knowledge rests upon action, action rests upon sincerity, and sincerity to Allah brings about understanding of Allah the Mighty and Majestic.

    * Whoever seeks knowledge in order to act upon it will be humbled by his knowledge but whoever seeks it for other than that, will be increased by it in arrogance.

    * The time will soon come, if you live long, that knowledge will become a source of beautification, just as a person beautifies himself with a garment." · "If Allah grants you knowledge, in return worship Him and do not make your goal merely narrating to the people.

    * The scholar remains ignorant with regard to what he has learned until he acts according to it, and only then does he become a true scholar.

    * The knowledge of the hypocrite is in his speech, yet the knowledge of the believer is in his actions.

    * Act upon your knowledge O man, and you will profit, for knowledge does not benefit unless one is proficient in action. Knowledge is a beauty, the taqwaa of Allah being its oration, and the pious are busy with the knowledge they possess. Learn, and then act, as much as you are able to, and do not let amusement nor arguing distract you. Teach the people and always intend to benefit them, and beware! Beware of weariness befalling you.

    * Whoever speaks good things yet acts unrighteously, Allah does not accept his good speech. Whereas he who speaks good things and works righteous acts, his speech is raised by his good deeds. That is because Allah says: To Him ascend the goodly word, and the righteous action raises it. [Al-Faatir 35:10]

    * Knowledge is the tool of action. So if a person spends his whole life gaining knowledge, when will he act?! § Regardless of what knowledge passes you, do not let acting upon what you already know pass you. § Whoever does not look into Allah's right upon him with regards to his knowledge, that knowledge is a proof against you and its result is evil.

    * If knowledge is not acted upon it becomes a proof against you and you are not granted an excuse for the knowledge you possess. So if you have realized this fact also realize, that the proof of a man's speech is in his actions.

    * One scholar said, "O how I wish I could gain salvation from my knowledge, it either being for me nor against me."

    * If knowledge does not benefit you, it will harm you.

    * There is no good in seeking to gain more knowledge, without having acted upon what you have already learnt, for the example of this person is that of one who gathers firewood and then ties them ready to carry. Yet once finding himself unable to do so, adds another to the bundle.

    * For how long will I continue seeking knowledge, affectionately gathering with every eagerness, seeking to learn every type of it and every field yet not acting upon a thing of it. If the seeker of knowledge does not act upon what he knows, he is a wretched servant. Indeed knowledge is only of benefit for he who acts upon it and is pious.

    * I certainly regard that a person forgets what he used to know because of a sin he commits.

    * Indeed if the scholar does not act, his admonitions fail to affect the hearts, just like the rain slides off a smooth rock.

    * The example of an evil scholar is that of a large rock which blocks a canal. Neither does it drink from the water, nor does it allow the water to pass, giving life to the trees. So if only the evil scholars advised the servants of Allah saying: "O worshippers of Allah! Listen to what we tell you of your Prophet, and your righteous predecessors, and act upon that. Do not took at these poor actions of ours, as we are a people in trial." They would have, by this, advised the people correctly. Yet they want to call the people towards their bad actions causing them to act similarly.

    * A corrupt reciter (of the Qur'aan) is more feared by me than a corrupt man who is open with his corruption, as the latter is the less deceiving of the two.

    * One scholar said: "Indeed the Qur'aan was revealed to be acted upon, but the people took its reciting as a vocation." [i.e. in order to earn money by that] At that it was asked, 'What is acting upon it?' So he replied, 'Accepting as halaal what is mentioned in it as halaal and as haraam what is mentioned as haraam. To act upon its orders, abstain from all it prohibits and to ponder over its wonders.

    * It has been said with regard to the saying of the Most High: (They) recite it as it should be recited. [Sooratul-Baqarah (2):121] "They follow it as it should be followed, acting upon it." Ibn Katheer mentions in his Tafseer: "lf the reciter reaches mention of Paradise, he beseeches Allah the Most High to grant him Paradise. If he reaches mention of the Fire he seeks refuge in Allaah the Most High from it " He (Ibn Katheer) also mentions, "Aboo al-'Aaliyah said: Ibn Mas'ond radiallahu 'anhu said: 'By Him in Who's Hand is my soul, reciting it as it should be recited is to consider its halaal as halaal and its haraam as haraam. To recite it as Allah revealed it without distorting its words, nor falsely explaining its intended meanings.

    * If Allah intends good for a servant he opens for him the door of action and closes for him the door of argumentation. Whereas, if Allah intends for a servant evil [once the servant had decided to follow such a path, Allah the Most Him, allows him to take such a path] He opens for him the door of argumentation and closes for him the door of action.

    *We used to seek aid in memorizing hadeeths by acting upon them

    *You meet a man not finding one mistake in his speech yet his actions may be completely at fault.

    *We have not been given ignorance but we Hide the face of knowledge through ignorance. We detest making mistakes in our speech Yet we do not care about making mistakes in our actions.

    * And you will not possess on the Day of Resurrection Other than what you ascertained before death If you do not sow the seeds and the harvest approaches you You will regret not having done so when the time was right.

    * When you find yourself in need of provisions You will not find provisions the like of righteous actions.

    * One of the scholars saw his neighbors wandering aimlessly, so he asked them, "What is the matter with you?" They replied, "We have finished our duties of the day." So he said' "And is this what the one with no duties has been ordered with?!"

    * The people who will be most accountable on the Day of Resurrection will be the healthy ones who had free time. § Take advantage of your spare time by engaging in Prayers For maybe your death will come suddenly So many a healthy person you may have seen His life snatched away from him unexpectedly.

    * Some people invited a man to eat with them who in turn said' "I am fasting." They said to him, "Break your fast today and instead fast tomorrow." So he said, "And who will guarantee my living tomorrow?!"

    * It was said to a scholar ' "Advise us." So he said' "Beware of saying 'soon. "'

    * Beware of procrastination overcoming you and taking over your heart for verily it is the cause of fatigue and wastefulness. Due to it, aspirations are severed and amidst it, death is met.

    [The names that the sayings were attributed are not cited, fearing the inauthenticity in the original attribution except where the authority is established and has abridged some statements, yet the wisdom within them is resoundingly established.]

    Wa'alaykumassalaam wa rahmatullahi wabarakatuh
  12. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Asalaamu'alaykum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatauh

    What I fear most for my people are the hypocrites, who talk wisely, yet act unjustly.

    -The Prophet Muhammad SaAllahu Alayhi Wa Salaam, as reported by Umar bin al-Khattab

    Wa'alaykumassalaam Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatauh

    ~ Sabr Wa Shukr
  13. Waaleykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu

    Jazak Allahu Khairan, for the very good quotes.

    Wassalamu aleykum
  14. Aelius

    Aelius New Member

    Well said!

    As to seeking knowledge, could anyone explain Surah 18,86

    Till, when he reached the setting-place of the sun, he found it setting in a muddy spring, and found a people thereabout. We said: O Dhu'l-Qarneyn! Either punish or show them kindness.

  15. Sabr Wa Shukr

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    Ibn al-Qayyim - rahimahullâh - said:
    One of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) said: “Indeed a servant commits a sin by which he enters Paradise; and another does a good deed by which he enters the Fire.” It was asked: How is that? So he replied: “The one who committed the sin, constantly thinks about it; which causes him to fear it, regret it, weep over it and feel ashamed in front of his Lord the Most High - due to it. He stands before Allâh, broken-hearted and with his head lowered in humility. So this sin is more beneficial to him than doing many acts of obedience, since it caused him to have humility and humbleness - which leads to the servant’s happiness and success - to the extent that this sin becomes the cause for him entering Paradise. As for the doer of good, then he does not consider this good a favour from his Lord upon him. Rather, he becomes arrogant and amazed with himself, saying: I have achieved such and such, and such and such. So this further increases him in self-adulation, pride and arrogance - such that this becomes the cause for his destruction.”
    ~ Al-Wâbilus-Sayib minal-Kalimit-Tayyib (p.15).
  16. Yemeni_ Irhabi

    Yemeni_ Irhabi New Member

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  17. bismillaah

    bismillaah New Member

    Ibn Mas'ud, radhiyallahu anhu said, "Taqwa is to obey Allah, so that He is not disobeyed, to remember Allah, so that He is not forgotten, and to thank Allah, so that no ingratitude is shown to Him" - Tafseer of Ibn Abee Hatim (3:102)
  18. Umm Ahmed

    Umm Ahmed 2C oursels as ithers C us

    Six Ettiquettes of Learning

    Ibn al-Qayyim - rahimahullaah- said: "There are six stages to knowledge:

    Firstly: Asking questions in a good manner.

    Secondly: Remaining quiet and listening attentively.

    Thirdly: Understanding well.

    Fourthly: Memorising.

    Fifthly: Teaching.

    Sixthly:and it is its fruit: Acting upon the knowledge and keeping to its limits.

    Miftaah Daarus-Sa 'aadah ( p.283).
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2006
  19. innerawareness

    innerawareness New Member

    Wonderful Sayings....

    Sufyan al-Thawri said, “Every act of disobedience committed due to passion, its forgiveness is hoped for. Every act of disobedience committed due to arrogance, its forgiveness is not hoped for because the root of Satan’s disobedience was arrogance, whereas the root of Adam’s lapse was passion.”
  20. innerawareness

    innerawareness New Member

    An ascetic said, “Whoever is under the delusion that he has a closer friend than Allah, little is his knowledge of Allah; and the one who is under the delusion that he has a greater enemy than his nafs, little is his knowledge of his nafs.”

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