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    asalamu alykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh

    Ok, I'm starting a thread for general sayings of the Salaf and I want everyone to contribute inshallah.

    Please provide the source for your posts. It is not enough to say "X" said such and such. It should be probably referenced so that we can all gain the full benefits!

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    Al-Hasan al-Basree (rahima-hullaah) said: Seeking knowledge when one is young, is like etching on a stone [In other words, the knowledge which one memorises when one is young will be so strong in one's memory, that it is as if it had been etched on a stone, wAllaahu A'lam!].

    Source: Mabaahith fee Ahkaam al-Fatwa - Page 28
    Last edited by 'Abd-al Latif; 05-27-2016 at 04:36 PM. Reason: Corrected grammatical/punctuation mistakes.
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    And verily for everything that a slave loses there is a substitute, but the one who loses Allah will never find anything to replace Him.”
    [Related by Ibn al-Qayyim in ad-Dâ' wad-Dawâ Fasl 49]



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    It is reported that ‘Awn b. ‘Abdillāh – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    Those before you used to give to their worldly affairs what was left over from their pursuit of the hereafter. But today, you give to the matters of the hereafter the left-overs from your pursuit of worldly affairs.

    Abū Nu’aym, Ḥilyat Al-Awliyā` 10:242.
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    It is reported that Imām Al-Awzā’ī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    At the time of Fajr, or a while before it, the Salaf would be as if birds were sitting on their heads: (still ) concentrating on themselves [and their worship], so much so that even if one of their closest friends came to them after having been parted from them, they would not notice him. They would remain in this state until just before sunrise. Then, they would meet each other and sit in the circles. The first thing they would discuss is the matter of their afterlife and what would become of them in the hereafter. Then they would begin the circles of Quran and Fiqh study.

    Ibn ‘Asākir, Tārīkh Dimishq 35:184, 185.
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    It is reported that Anas b. Mālik – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

    There are two days and two nights the likes of which no one has ever heard of before: the Day on which you will receive the news about Allāh the Exalted: whether you will receive His punishment or His mercy, the Day you will be given your book (of deeds): either in your right hand or your left, that [first] night you will spend alone in your grave, a night like no other you have spent, and that night on the morning of which will be the Day of Resurrection, after which there will be no more night.

    Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir Al-‘Ilm article 19.
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    Mālik b. Dīnār – Allāh have mercy on him – once said:

    Verily you are in greatly troubled times. Only one with true insight knows the times you live in. Verily you are in a time of [people] boasting and being proud. [1] Their tongues are swollen in their mouths, and they seek worldly gain through the deeds of the hereafter. So be warned against them for yourselves, lest they catch you in their nets. O scholar, you are a scholar yet you devour [wealth] with your knowledge. O scholar, you are a scholar yet you boast with your knowledge. O scholar, you are a scholar yet you seek to amass [wealth] with your knowledge. O scholar, you are a scholar yet you transgress [against others] with your knowledge. If you had truly sought this knowledge for Allāh, it would have been seen on you and in your deeds.

    [1] The word in some reports is tafākhur (boasting and being proud) but in some other versions, other somewhat ambiguous words are found in its place.

    Abū Bakr Al-Ājurrī, Kitāb Al-‘Ālim Al-Jāhil article 73 et al.
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    Abd Al-Raḥmān b. ‘Awf – Allāh be pleased with him – was once brought some food, and he had been fasting. He said:

    Muṣ’ab b. ‘Umayr was killed, and he was better than me and he was buried with a cloak as a shroud: if his head was covered with it his legs would be uncovered and if his legs were covered with it his head would be uncovered. And Ḥamzah was killed and he was better than me. Then, after that time, we were given what we were given of worldly wealth, and we fear that [the reward of] our good deeds has been quickened for us [in this life].

    He then began to cry so much that he left his food.

    Al-Bukhārī, Al-Ṣaḥīḥ hadith 1275 and other places.
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    It is reported that Ḥafṣah – Allāh be pleased with her – once said to her father (‘Umar, during his Caliphate):

    Allāh has increased the provisions; if only you would eat better food than the food you eat now and wear softer clothes then those you wear now?! He said, “I will argue [against] you with your own self: Was not the condition of Allāh’s Messenger – praise and peace be upon him – such-and-such [when you were his wife]!?” He kept reminding her until she cried. He continued, “I have told you, by Allāh, I will share in their hard living (in this world, referring to The Prophet and Abū Bakr) so that I may partake in their good life (in Paradise).”

    Hunād b. Al-Sarī, Al-Zuhd article 687; Imām Aḥmad, Al-Zuhd article 201, et al. (1)
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    ‘Abdullāh b. Shaqīq Al-‘Uqaylī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    The Companions of Allāh’s Messenger – Allah’s praise and peace be upon him – did not consider the leaving of any action to be kufr (unbelief), except the prayer (ṣalāh).

    Al-Tirmidhī, Al-Sunan ḥadīth 2622. Graded ṣaḥīḥ by Al-Albānī in his edition of Sunan Al-Tirmidhī.
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    Imām Al-Awzā’ī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    Faith (īmān) is not sound except with [correct] words. Faith and words are not sound except with [good] works. And faith, words and deeds are not sound except with [the correct] intentions in conformance to the Sunnah. Those who went before us of our Salaf did not separate faith from deeds: deeds are a part of faith, and faith is from [ones deeds]. īmān is a word that brings together these aspects of the religions [of Allāh] and is confirmed through [a person’s] works.

    So whoever believes in word, knows in his heart and confirms [his belief] through his works, then this is the strongest handhold that will never break. And whoever says [words of faith] but does not know [faith] in his heart nor confirms it with his works, it will never be accepted of him and he will be in the hereafter from those who suffer in loss.

    Ibn Ba tt ah, Al-Ibānah Al-Kubrā article 1097.
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    It is reported that ‘Abdullāh b. Masʿūd – Allāh be pleased with him – said:The house in which the Qur’ān is not recited is like a derelict house that has no one to maintain it.It is also reported that he said:Verily the emptiest of houses are those that are empty of the Book of Allāh.It is reported that Abū Hurayrah – Allāh be pleased with him – used to say about the house in which the Qur’ān is recited:It becomes spacious for its inhabitants, the good of it becomes plentiful, the angels come to it and the devils leave it. And the house in which the Qur’ān is not recited becomes cramped for its inhabitants, has little good in it, and the devils come to it.Ibn Abī Shaybah, Al-Muṣannaf articles 30645, 30647 and 30650.
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    It is reported that Abū Hurayrah – Allāh be pleased with him – used to say:

    Whoever does not think that his speech is part of his deeds and that his character is part of his religion will be destroyed without even realizing.

    Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā Dham Al-Kadhib wa Ahlī article 94.
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    It is reported that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattāb – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

    Whoever exposes himself to suspicion, let him blame only himself for whoever suspects him.
    He who covers his secret is in a position to choose [to correct himself].
    Assume the best about your brother until what comes to you from him overcomes you [and you have to change your opinion].
    You can never pay back someone who disobeys Allāh in his dealings with you with anything better than obeying Allāh in your dealings with him.
    Take righteous brothers [as friends]; acquire them in plenty, for they are a beautification in prosperity and an aid during calamity.
    Do not ask about what has not yet happened until it actually happens, for what has happened is enough of an occupation to worry about what has not happened.
    Let not your speech be given freely except to those who want to hear it and will value it.
    Do not seek help in fulfilling a need you have except from someone who wants success for you in that endeavor.
    Do not consult except people who fear Allāh, and do not accompany the sinner, [lest] you learn his sinfulness.
    And be humble at the graves.

    Abū Dāwūd, Kitāb Al-Zuhd article 89.
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    It is reported that Mujāhid – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    Those who strive and exert themselves (al-mujtahid) amongst you today are like those who used to play around amongst those before you.

    Wakī’ b. Al-Jarrāh, Al-Zuhd article 221.
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    It is reported that Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:
    Whoever is happy (satisfied) with what Allāh has apportioned for him, it will suffice him and Allāh will bless it for him, but whoever is not satisfied, then [what is apportioned for him] will not suffice him and it will not be blessed.
    Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Kitāb Al-Riḍā ʿan Allāh bi Qaḍāʾihi article 95.
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    It is reported that ʿAbdullāh b. Al-Mubārak – Allāh have mercy on him – said:The insightful and wise do not trust that they are safe from four things: a past sin about which it is not known what the Lord Almighty will do, the remaining lifespan wherein it is not known what destruction lies, some (apparent) advantage a person is given but which could be a lure (from Allāh) in recompense for his wrongdoing, a misguidance that has been beautified – so that he thinks it is guidance – and a momentary deviation of the heart, for a person can be stripped of his religion without realizing it.Al-Dhahabī, Siyar Aʿlām Al-Nubalāʾ 8:406
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    It is reported that ʿUmar b. Al-Khaṭṭāb – Allāh be pleased with him – saido not expose yourself to what does not concern you, stay away from your enemy, beware of [taking as] your friend anyone except the trustworthy amongst people – and there is no one who is trustworthy except one who fears Allāh; and do not accompany the sinner in case you learn his sinfulness, and do not let him know your secrets, and consult those who fear Allāh for your affairs.Ibn Abī Shaybah, Al-Muṣannaf 34476.
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    It is reported that Yaḥyā b. Abī Kathīr – Allāh have mercy on him – said:It used to be said, “People have never honoured themselves with anything [better] than the obedience of Allāh, and they have never dishonoured themselves with anything [worse] than disobedience to Allāh.”Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Muḥāsabatu Al-Nafs article 98.
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    It is reported that Saʿīd b. Jubayr – Allāh have mercy on him – said:Verily, fear (al-khashyah) is that you fear Allāh such that your fear comes between you and your disobedience (of Allāh). That is khashyah. And dhikr (remembrance) is obedience to Allāh: whoever obeys Allāh has remembered Him; and whoever does not obey Him is not a rememberer of Him, even if he says a lot of tasbīḥ and recites a lot of Qurān.Al-Dhahabī, Siyar ʾAʿlām Al-Nubalāʾ 4:326.
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    The Correct Place of Opinion

    Al-Awzāʿī reports that Caliph ʿUmar b. ʿAbd Al-ʿAzīz – Allāh have mercy on him – wrote (in his orders):
    There is no place for anyone’s opinion [when it comes to] what is in the Book (revelation). The opinion of the imāms (great scholars) is only regarding what the Book did not come down with, and regarding which no Sunnah has passed from the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ. And the opinion of no one is counted in the face of a Sunnah from the Messenger of Allāh ﷺ.
    Al-Ājurrī, Al-Sharīʿah #113 et al.
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    It is reported from Ḥabīb Al-Jallāb that he asked ʿAbdullāh b. Al-Mubārak – Allāh have mercy on him:
    “What is the best thing a person is ever given?” He replied, “Innate intelligence.” He then asked, “And if not that?” He replied, “Good conduct.” He then asked, “And if not that?” He replied, “A compassionate brother to consult.” He then asked, “And if not that?” He replied, “Long silence.” He asked, “And if not that?” Ibn Al-Mubārak replied, “Then an early death.”
    Al-Dhahabī, Siyar ʾAʿlām Al-Nubalāʾ 8:397
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    It is reported that Ibrāhīm b. Adham – Allāh have mercy on him – said:
    Whoever seeks knowledge sincerely, for the servants of Allāh to benefit by and to benefit himself, then being hidden (from fame) is more beloved to him than seeking loftiness. He is the one who becomes more lowly to himself, strives more in worship, fears Allāh more, yearns for Allāh more, and becomes more humble amongst people. He cares not what he has of this dunyā night or day.
    Al-Bayhaqī, Shuʿab Al-Īmān article 1653.
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