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    Pearls of Wisdom of the Salaf (OP)


    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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    Imam Ibn al Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah said:
    The slave is not afflicted with a punishment greater than the hardening of the heart and being distant from Allah. For the Fire was created to melt the hardened heart. The most distant heart from Allah is the heart which is hardened. If the heart becomes hardened, the eye becomes dry.

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    Re: Pearls of Wisdom of the Salaf

    It is reported that ʿAbdullah b. ʿAbbas – Allah be pleased with him – said:
    Wear what you wish and eat what you wish, as long as you avoid two practices: extravagance and haughtiness.
    Source: Ibn Abī Shaybah, Al-Muṣannaf ḥadīth 26601.
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    Final Blame and Praise

    It is reported that Khālid b. Maʿdān – Allāh have mercy him – said:
    Whoever seeks praise by [saying or doing] what goes against Allāh, Allāh will turn those praises back on him to blame; and whoever is bold enough to [say or do] what brings blame [from people but] is in conformity to the truth, Allāh will turn that blame into praise.
    Abū Dāwūd, Al-Zuhd #494.
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    Re: Pearls of Wisdom of the Salaf

    It is reported that Ḥabib ibn ʿUbayd (May Allah have mercy on him) said:
    Learn knowledge, understand it and benefit from it (live by it); and do not study it in order to decorate yourself with it, for if you live long you will likely see a time when knowledge will be used for beautification like a man beautifies himself with his garments.
    Source: Ibn Al-Mubārak, Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqaʾiq # 1056.
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    Re: Pearls of Wisdom of the Salaf

    It is reported that ʿAṭā b. Abī Rabāḥ – Allāh have mercy on him – said:Sometimes a man narrates a ḥadīth to me, so I remain quiet as if I am listening carefully, although I had heard the ḥadīth before he had even been born.Al-Ḏahabī, Siyar Aʿlām Al-Nubalāʾ 5:87.
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    When Abū Bakr Al-Ṣiddīq was on his deathbed he called ʿUmar – Allah be pleased with them – and said:
    Fear Allah O ʿUmar, and know that Allah has deeds to be done for Him in the day which He will not accept if done at night, and He has deeds to be done for Him at night which He will not accept if done during the day. He will not accept extra (nāfilah) deeds unless you fulfill the obligatory deeds. The scales of those whose scales will be weighty on the Day of Resurrection will only be weighty because they followed the truth in this life and it was weighty to them. And scales in which the truth will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be heavy. And the scales of those whose scales will be light on the Day of Resurrection will only be light because they followed falsehood in this life and it was a light matter to them. And scales in which falsehood will be placed tomorrow truly deserve to be light.
    Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Paradise and mentioned them in the context of their best deeds, and overlooked their evil deeds, so when I remember them I say to myself: I fear that I will not be included with them. And Allah the Exalted has mentioned the people of Hell and mentioned them in the context of their worst deeds and rejected their best deeds, so when I remember them I say: I hope I won’t be amongst them. Allah’s worshippers should always be in a state of hope and fear, they shouldn’t wish flimsy wishes about Allah and neither should they despair of Allah’s mercy.
    If you keep to this advice of mine, no one who is not with you now should be more beloved to you than death – and it is sure to come to you. But if you disregard this advice, no one who is not with you now should be more hated to you than death – and you cannot escape it.
    Source: Abū Nu’aym, Ḥilyah Al-Awliyā` Vol.1 p18; and Ibn Al-Jawzī, Ṣifah Al-Ṣafwah.

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    Who is Rich?

    A man once asked ʿAbdullāh b. ʿAmr b. Al-ʿĀṣ – Allāh be pleased with them:“Are we not from the poor of the Muhājirīn?” He replied, “Do you have a wife to go back to?” The man replied, “Yes.” ʿAbdullāh asked, “Do you have a home to live in?” The man said, “Yes.” ʿAbdullāh said, “Then you are one of the rich.” The man said, “And I have a servant.” ʿAbdullāh said, “In that case, you are a king!”

    Muslim, Al-Ṣaḥīḥ #5290
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    Re: Pearls of Wisdom of the Salaf

    Allied Souls
    It is reported that ʿAbdullāh b. Masʿūd – Allāh be pleased with him – said:If the people were gathered on one plain, all of them believers, except for two unbelievers amongst them, they would join each other. And if the people were gathered on one plain, all of them unbelievers, except for two believers amongst them, they would join each other.Ibn Baṭṭah, Al-ʾIbānah Al-Kubrā 1:455

    It is also reported that he said:The souls of people are allied together (like for like), they meet and detect one another like horses do; those that recognise each other come together, and those that disapprove each other, separate. If a believer entered a mosque in which there were a hundred people, amongst them only one other believer, he would end up sitting with him. And if a munāfiq entered a mosque in which there were a hundred people, amongst them only one other munāfiq, he would end up sitting with him.ibid.

    It is reported that Al-Fuḍayl b. ʿAyyād – Allāh have mercy on him – said:The souls of people are allied together, those that recognise each other come together, and those that disapprove each other, separate; and [thus] it is not possible for a follower of the Sunnah to compromise with an adherent of Bidʿah ever, except out of nifāq (hypocrisy).Op. cit. 456
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    Abû Al-Dardâ’ – Allah be pleased with him – said: It is from a person’s knowledge and understanding that he sees to his needs first in order to turn to his prayer with a heart free of distractions.Ibn Al-Mubârak in Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqâ’iq Vol.2 p726
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    It is reported that ‘Umar b. Al-Khattāb – Allāh be pleased with him – said:
    We were once in a time when we did not think anyone learned the Quran seeking anything but Allāh the Exalted, but now I fear there are men who learn it and intend the people and what they can get from them. So seek Allāh with your recitation and deeds. For verily, we used to know you when Allāh’s Messenger – Allāh’s peace and blessings be upon him – was amongst us, when revelation would descend and Allāh would tell us about you. As for today, Allāh’s Messenger – peace and blessings be upon him – has passed on, and the revelation has stopped; and I only know you as I say: whoever shows what is good, we love him for it and think good of him, and whoever shows what is evil, we hate him for it and suspect him. Your secret and private matters are between you and your Lord the Mighty and Majestic.
    Al-Ājurrī, Akhlāq Ḥamalat Al-Qur`ān article 26.

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    The Behavior of The Seeker of Knowledge

    It is reported that ʿAlī – Allāh be pleased with him – said:When you learn knowledge, preserve it, and do not mix it with laughter and falsehood, such that the hearts refuse (dislike) it.Al-Khaṭīb Al-Baghdādī, Al-Jāmiʿ li-Akhlāq Al-Rāwī wa Ādāb Al-Sāmiʿ 1:232

    It is reported that Mālik – Allāh have mercy on him – said:It is upon whoever seeks knowledge to have a solemn, dignified demeanour, fearful [of Allāh]; and to follow in the footsteps of those who went before him.ibid.

    ʿAbd Al-Raḥmān b. Mahdī reports:A man laughed in [the circle of] Hishām Al-Dustawāʾī, so Hishām said to him, “Young man! You seek knowledge laughing?” He replied, “Is it not Allāh who makes [us] laugh and cry (as stated in the Qurʾān)?” So Hishām replied, “Then go and cry.”Op. cit. 233
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    Re: Pearls of Wisdom of the Salaf

    Now a days fake news is a common slogan. Imam Ali (Radi Allahu Taala Anhu) gave us a criteria to judge between truth and false in his famous saying:
    “Verily, there is nothing between truth and falsehood but a span of four fingers ….” Then he placed four fingers between his eye and ear and said, “Falsehood is to say, ‘I heard,’ while the truth is to say, ‘I saw.’
    Source: Nahj al-Balagha, Sermon 141

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    It is reported that Abūl-ʿĀliyah said:
    There will come upon the people a time when their hearts will be derelict of the Qurān; they will find neither sweetness nor pleasure by it. If they fall short of doing what they have been commanded to do, they will say: Allāh is most forgiving, merciful (He will forgive us), and if they do what they have been forbidden from doing, they will say: we will be forgiven, we haven’t committed any shirk with Allāh. Their affairs will all be based on [false] hope, having no truth and sincerity with it. They will wear the skins of lambs over hearts of wolves. The best of them in his religion will be someone who compromises.
    Imām Aḥmad, Al-Zuhd article 1741.

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    The Value of Avoiding Haram Income

    It is reported that Mālik b. Dīnār – Allāh have mercy on him – said:It is better for a man to leave one ḥarām dirham than to give one hundred thousand in charity.Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir Al-ʿIlm 5:125.
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    It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basrī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:
    Four signs of wretchedness are:

    1. [having] a hard heart,
    2. dry eyes [that never cry],
    3. extended hopes [about this life],
    4. and greed and keenness to amass worldly things (the dunyā).

    Source: Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Kitāb Al-Zuhd article 36.

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    Sermon of Uthman on Guidance before Death

    It is reported that ʿUthmān b. ʿAffān – Allāh be pleased with him – once addressed the people in a sermon. He praised Allāh, then said people! Fear Allāh and obey Him, for piety is a valuable prize. Verily the most intelligent person is he who takes account of himself and works for what comes after death, and acquires through the light (guidance) of Allāh a light for the darkness of the grave.The servant of Allāh should fear lest Allāh the Mighty and Sublime resurrects him blind though he used to see. A few comprehensive words can be enough for a wise man, whereas the deaf (who does not listen to guidance) is being called from afar.And know that whoever Allāh the Mighty and Sublime is with has nothing to fear; but whoever Allāh the Mighty and Sublime is against, then in whom can he hope after Allāh?!

    Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir Al-ʿIlm 4:116,117.
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    It is reported that Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:
    The intelligent person’s tongue is behind his heart: when he wants to speak, he first thinks. If [his words] will be in his favor, he says them, and if they will be against him, he does not speak. And the ignorant person’s heart is behind his tongue: when he merely thinks of saying something, he says it, whether it is for or against him.
    Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir Al-‘Ilm article 2049.


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