06-17-2009, 07:21 AM
Gems from a dee[ly pious tabiee Al HASAN AL BASRIReply
"I have known people and kept company with groups who neither rejoiced when
the things of this world came to them, nor grieved when they lost anything in thiS world. The life of this world was more insignificant to them than dust. One of
them might live for a year or for sixty years without ever having a garment that
would entirely cover him, and without ever having anything that would come
between him and the ground, and without ever having any food that he could ask
to be prepared for him in his own home. When night came, they would be on
their feet, with their foreheads flat against the earth, tears rolling down their
cheeks, secretly calling on Allaah to save them on the Day of Judgement. If they
did something good, they never stopped being grateful for it, and they were
always asking Allaah to forgive them for it. By Allaah, they were not safe from
wrong actions, and were saved only by their constant turning in repentance. May
Allaah be pleased with them and grant them His mercy..."
"Do not sit idle, for indeed Death is seeking you!"
When al-Hasan finished his hadeeth, he would say, "O Allaah, you see our hearts
full of idolatry, pride, hypocrisy, showing-off, reputation, doubt and uncertainty in
your deen. O Turner of hearts, make our hearts firm in Your deen and make our
deen Straight Islam!"
"When a young man is devout, we do not recognise him by his speech. We
recognise him by his actions. That is beneficial knowledge."
"Son of Adam, never please anybody if this entails the Wrath of Allaah. Never
obey anybody if this entails disobedience to Allaah. Never thank anybody for
something which Allaah granted you. Never blame anybody for something which
Allaah did not grant you. Allaah created people and they steer the course predetermined
for them. Whoever thinks that extra care and interest will increase
his provisions, let him try such extra care and interest in increasing his life span,
changing his color, or increasing the size of his limbs and build!"
"Whoever gives money undeserved high esteem, Allaah will humiliate him."
“Two bad comrades are the dinar and the dirham. They are useful to you only
when they leave you.”( Dinar and dirham= Pound n dollar !)
“Death has shown the reality of this worldly life. It did not leave any happiness
for those who are wise.”
“The laughter of a believer is a sign of the inadvertence of his heart.”
“A believer believes in what God has said. He is the best of men in his deeds, but
he fears God most, so that if he spends the size of a mountain of money, he
would not be sure of his reward until he sees this with his own eyes. The more
righteous and charitable the believer is, the more afraid of God he becomes.
While the hypocrite says: Men are too many, I shall be forgiven. There is no
harm on me. Thus he acts badly, but wishes many things from God.”
"Guard against having a bad opinion of people."
It is related that 'Imran ibn Khalid al-Khuza'i said that a man told him, "Matar
asked al-Hasan about a question and said, 'The fuqaha' oppose you.' He said,
'May your mother be bereaved, Matar! Do you see a faqih at all? Do you know
what a faqih is? The scrupulous ascetic faqih is the one who does not care about who is above him nor mock the one below him, and who does not accept
ephemeral rubbish in exchange for the knowledge which Allaah has taught him."'
Al-Aajurree reports that a man came to al-Hasan (al-Basree) and said, "O Abu
Sa'eed! Let me debate with you about the Religion." Al-Hasan replied, "As for
me, I know my religion, If you have lost your Religion then go and look for it."
"Nifaaq is the difference between the inner and the appearance, between
statement and action and between entering and leaving and it used to be said
that the foundation of nifaaq upon which it is built is lying."
“Fear is the basis of morality, and sadness the characteristic of his religion; life is
only a pilgrimage, and comfort must be denied to subdue the passions.”
Ibn Abee Mulaika: "I encountered thirty Companions of the Prophet (sal-Allaahu
'alayhe wa sallam) every one of them fears hypocrisy for himself and Al-Hasan Al-
Basree used to say about it: 'No one fears it but a believer and no one feels safe
from it but a hypocrite.'"
"Whoever learns something in the name of Allaah, seeking that which is with Him,
he will win. And whoever learns something for other than Allaah, he will not
reach the goal, nor will his acquired knowledge bring him closer to Allaah."
A group of Muslims came to al Hasan al Basree seeking a verdict to rebel against
al Hajjaaj. So they said, "O Abu Sa'eed! What do you say about fighting this
oppressor who has unlawfully spilt blood and unlawfully taken wealth and did this
and that?" So al Hasan said, "I hold that he should not be fought. If this is the
punishment from Allaah (Ta'aala), then you will not be able to remove it with
your swords. If this is a trial from Allaah (Ta'aala), then be patient until Allaah's
Judgement comes, and He is the best of Judges." So they left Al Hasan,
disagreed with him and rebelled against al Hajjaaj - so al Hajjaaj killed them all.
When Umar ibn Abdul Aziz became caliph, he wrote to Hasan al-Basree to write
him the description of a just Imaam, and Hasan wrote him:
"Know, commander of Believers, that God has made the just Imaam the prop of
every learner, the straightener of every deviator, the reform of all corrupt, the
strength of all weak, the justice of all oppressed, the refuge of all who are pitied.
The just Imaam, O commander of Believers, is like a herdsman, solicitous for the
camels he tends, desiring the sweetest pasture for them, driving them away from
any dangerous grazing place, protecting them from beast of prey, and shielding
them from the harms of heat and cold.
And the just Imaam, commander of the Believers, is the guardian of the orphan,
and the treasury of the poor, fostering the little ones, and providing for the old
ones. The just Imaam, Commander of Believers, is as the heart is to the
members of the body: all are sound when it is sound, and all corrupt when it is
corrupt. The just Imaam, commander of Believers, stands intermediary between
God and His servants; hearkening to God's words, and making them hearken;
looking to God, and making them to look; obedient to God and making them
Therefore commander of Believers, act not in what God the Mighty and Glorious
has given you like a slave whose master has trusted him and given into his care
his wealth and his children, who then squanders his master's wealth and drives
his children away, and reduces the family to poverty and scatters their fortune.
And know, commander of the Believers, that God has sent down (His prescription
for) the legal punishments to chide (people) away from wickedness and
immorality. How shall it be, if he who administers them, deserves them? And He
sent down (the law of) retaliation to give life to His servants. How will it be if the
man who gives them retaliation puts them to death?
Remember, O commander of Believers, death and what comes after it, and how
few partisans you have there, or aids against it. Therefore make provision for
death, and against the greater terror which follows it.
And know, commander of Believers, that there is a place for you other than the
place where you are now. Your stay there will be long, and your friends will be
separated from you. You will be committed to its depths as a completely solitary
individual. Therefore, make provision of what you may take with you - 'On the
day when a man shall flee from his brother, his mother, his father, his consort,
his sons' (80:36), and remember, commander of Believers, 'When that which is
within the tombs shall be cast out, and that which is in the breasts exposed'
(100:9), when secrets are made manifest, and 'The record leaves nothing, great
or small, without numbering it' (18:49).
And now, commander of Believers, you are in leisure, before the dissolution of
death and the serving of hope. Therefore commander of Believers, do not give
judgement among the servants of God according to the usages of pre Islamic
period (bi hokum al jahilan), and do not travel the way of transgressors with
them, and do not put he arrogant in power over the humble, for such will not
watch over any believer or the protected religious groups (dhimma), so that you
will have to acknowledge your own faults and the faults of others, and bear your
own burdens and other burdens too. Do not be deceived by those who would lead
a pleasant like by causing damage to you, and eat the good things of this world
by causing the good things of your afterlife to disappear. And do not regard your
power in this world, but look toward what will be your power when you are
captive in the bonds of death, and forced to stand before God Most High in the
company of the angels and prophets and apostles, and faces are turned to the
Living and Self-subsisting One.
And I, O commander of Believers, though I have not attained by my rigors what
prudent men attained before me, yet have not desisted from offering you
solicitude and advice, sending you my letter as a doctor causes a beloved friend
to drink disagreeable medicine, because he hopes to offer him health and
And peace be upon thee, O commander of the Believers, and the mercy of God,
and His blessing."
Al-¬Hasan al-¬Basree – rahimahullaah – said:
“Eemaan (faith) is not outer decoration, nor mere hope. Rather it is what settles in the heart and what is affirmed by actions. Whoever spoke good, but did not act righteously, then Allaah throws it back upon his saying. Whoever spoke good and acted righteously, Allaah raises up the actions.
This is because Allaah – the Most High – says:
‘To Him ascend all goodly words, and righteous actions raise it’.”
Imam Hasan al-Basree [rahimahullah] once said to a man, ”Cure your heart for Allah desires that His slaves should purify their hearts. You should know that you never truly love Allah until you love obeying Him.” (Jaami’ al-’Uloom v.1 by Ibn Rajab)
The heart cannot become purified until a person knows Allah, loves Him, fears Him, has hope in Him and trusts Him. This is the true realization of the statement Laa ilaaha ill-Allah. The heart will never be pure until it loves, deifies [worships, exalts], fears, and submits to no one except Allah, eventually ending up of the limbs by following and making the actions pure.
Asma’i said that Abdul-Malik once delivered a very profound sermon, during which he began to weep while begging Allah:
“O Lord, my sins are great, but a small amount of Your forgiveness is greater than them. O Allah, forgive the greatness of my sins with a little of Your mercy.”
Asma’i said that when these words reached the ears of Hasan Al Basri, he too began to cry, stating that if ever words were uttered that should be inscribed in gold, it would be those words.
08-21-2009, 02:00 AM
Originally Posted by Rashad
Very nice MashahAllah , May Allah have mercy on him,
Ibn Al Qayyim's "between the past n future" is also along the same Lines. Very nice.
Between The Past & The Future
Your life in the present moment is in between the past and the future. So what has preceded can be rectified by tawbah (repentance), nadam (regret) and istighfar (seeking Allah’s forgiveness). And this is something that will neither tire you, nor cause you to toil as you would with strenuous labour. Rather it is an action of the heart.
Then as regards the future (then it can be corrected) by withholding yourself from sins. And this abandonment is merely the leaving of something and to be at ease from it. This also is not action of the limbs, which requires you to strive and toil. Rather this is a firm resolve and intention of the heart – which will give rest to your body, heart and thoughts. So as for what has preceded, then you rectify it with repentance. And as for the future – then you rectify it with firm resolve and intention. Neither of these involves any hardship or exertion of the limbs.
But then your attention must be directed to your life in the present - the time between two times. If you waste it, then you have wasted the opportunity to be of the fortunate and saved ones. If you look after it, having rectified the two times – what is before and after it, as we have said – then you will be successful and achieve rest, delight and ever-lasting bliss. However, looking after it is harder than that which comes before and after it, since guarding it involves keeping to that which is most befitting and beneficial for your soul, and that which will bring it success and well-being.
Taken from al-Fawaa’id by Ibn Al Qayyim pg -151-152
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