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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
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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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    Taking Knowledge in Stages

    It is reported that Al-Zuhrī – Allāh have mercy on him – said to Yūnus b. Yazīd:
    O Yūnus! Do not try to overcome knowledge, for verily knowledge is [like vast] valleys: whichever of them you take will stop you before you traverse it. Instead, take it over the days and nights. And do not take knowledge all at once, for whoever tries to take it all at once will lose it all at once. Rather take it bit by bit over the days and nights.
    Ibn ʿAbd Al-Barr, Jāmiʿ Bayān Al-ʿIlm article 652.
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    How to Look at Yourself and Others

    It is reported that Bakr b. ʿAbdillāh Al-Muzanī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:
    When you see someone older than you, say: he has preceded me in īmān and righteous actions so he is better than me; and when you see someone younger than you, say: I have preceded him in sinning and disobedience so he is better than me. And when you see your brothers honouring and revering you, say: this is a virtue they have attained; and when you see them falling short (in their treatment of you) say: this is [because of] a sin I committed.
    Ibn Al-Jawzī, Ṣifatu Al-Ṣafwah, article 505: Bakr b. ʿAbdillāh Al-Muzanī.
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    Not Even if You Have a ResponseIt is reported that Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:


    Do not sit with the people of desires (Bidʿah, heresy), even if you think you have a response [to what they say].


    Al-Harawī, Dhamm Al-Kalām article 765.
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    Re: Pearls of Wisdom of the Salaf

    It is reported that Bakr b. ʿAbdillāh Al-Muzanī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    If you want your ṣalāh to benefit you, say (to yourself): perhaps I will never pray another (my life will end before the next prayer).

    Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Qaṣr Al-ʾAmal article 104.

    death, dunyā, hope, prayer, the hereafter

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    It is reported that Al-Nuʿmān b. Bashīr – Allāh be pleased with him – said during a sermon he was delivering in Homs:

    Total destruction lies in doing bad deeds during a time of calamity and tribulation.

    Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Al-ʿUqūbāt article 327.

    calamities, fitnah, plague, punishment, sins

    Al-Nuʿmān b. Bashīr
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    It is reported that ʿAbdullāh b. Masʿūd – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

    If you see a man amongst you having committed a sin, do not supplicate Allāh against him and do not revile him; instead, pray to Allāh to cure him and accept his repentance, for when we used to see a man die upon something good, we would have hope for him, and when we used to see a man die upon wrongdoing, we would fear for him.

    Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Kitāb Al-Tawbah article 112.

    brotherhood, fear, forgiveness, hope, repentance, sins, supplication

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    It is reported that ʿAlī b. Al-Ḥusayn b. ʿAlī b.ʾAbī Ṭālib – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    No man speaks well about another while not knowing it to be true except that he is also likely to speak badly about him without knowing it to be true. And two people do not accompany each other doing something that is not obedience to Allāh except that it is likely they will part from each other doing something that is not obedience to Allāh.
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    It is reported that ʿAbdullāh b. Masʿūd – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

    Verily a man continues to be truthful until he is written with Allāh as a true believer (ṣiddīq); and he persists in truthfulness until there is not even the space of a needle for sinfulness left in his heart to settle. And a man lies and persists in lying until there is not even the space of a needle for goodness in his heart to settle.

    Wakīʿ b. Al-Jarrāḥ, Al-Zuhd ḥadīth 398.

    character, good deeds, sins, the heart, truthfulness

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    It is reported that Abū Bakr Al-Ṣiddīq – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

    Beware of lying, for lying is far removed from īmān.

    Abū Bakr Al-Ḵallāl, Al-Sunnah no. 1467, 1470; Al-Bayhaqī, Shuʿab Al-Īmān no. 4463.

    Ibn Al-Qayyim said in Al-Fawāʾid, …Thus, every good action – both outer and inner – comes from truthfulness, and every evil corrupt action – both outer and inner – comes from falsehood and lying.

    character, good deeds, iman, sins, truthfulness

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    It is reported that ʿAlī b. ʾAbī Ṭālib – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

    Do not be with the sinner (fājir), for he will beautify to you the things he does, and he will want you to be like him; and he will beautify to you the worst of his practices; and his entrance upon you and leaving from your company will cause ignominy and discredit [of you].

    And do not accompany the fool (aḥmaq), for he will exhaust himself [to help you] but will not benefit you, and he may want to benefit you but end up harming you; his silence is better than his speaking, his distance is better than his closeness, and him dying is better than him living.

    And do not accompany the liar, for life will not benefit you with him, he will tell others what you say, and tell you what others say; and if you speak the truth, it will not be believed.

    Abū Bakr Al-Daynūrī, Al-Mujālasah wa Jawāhir AlʿIlm no. 1379.

    affairs of the Ummah, character, companionship, knowledge, sins, speech

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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.

    character, good deeds, sins, the soul

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    We Take Our Religion from the Companions

    ʿAbbād b. Al-ʿAwwām narrates:
    Sharīk b. ʿAbdillāh came to us around fifty years ago, and we said to him, “O Abū ʿAbdillāh, here amongst us there are people from the Muʿtazilah who reject these āḥādīth [like]: ‘Allāh descends to the lowest heaven’, and ‘the people of Jannah will see their Lord’. So Sharīk narrated to me around ten such narrations, then said: ‘As for us, we have taken our religion from the sons of the Tābiʿīn, from the Ṣaḥābah. Who have they taken from?’”
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    It is reported that ‘Alī b. Abī Ṭālib – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

    Goodness is not in your wealth and offspring being plentiful; true goodness is when your [good] deeds are plenty and you have great understanding and forbearance, and when you compete to worship your Lord. If you do good you praise Allāh and thank Him, and if you sin you beg Allāh’s forgiveness. There is no good in this life except with two types of men: A man who sins but then corrects himself through repentance, and a man who strives and hastens to get [the good] of the hereafter.

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    It is reported from ‘Alī b. Abī Tālib –Allah be pleased with him – that he said:

    The thing I fear for you most is following desires and having extensive hopes (about this worldly life). Following one’s desires blocks you from the truth, and having extensive hopes makes you forget the hereafter. Verily, this worldly life is departing and the hereafter is approaching and each of them has its children. So be children of the hereafter, not children of this world, for today there are (opportunities to do) deeds and there is no reckoning, but tomorrow there will be reckoning and no deeds.

    Quoted by Al-Bukhārī, Al-Sahīh, The Book of Raqā`iq without the first sentence. Reported in its entirety by Abū Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliyā` Vol.1 p40, and others.

    Al-Hāfidh Ibn Hajr states in Fath Al-Bārī:

    Extensive hopes (about this worldly life) give rise to lethargy when it comes to acts of obedience, procrastinating with repentance, desire for worldly things, forgetfulness of the hereafter and hardness of the heart; because the softness of the heart and its purity only comes about by remembering death, the grave, reward and punishment, and the horrors of the hereafter…for if one remembers death, he strives to do acts of obedience, his worries decrease and he is satisfied with less.
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    It is reported form Abū Al-Dardā – Allāh be pleased with him – that he said, “Three make me laugh, and three make me cry.

    Those that make me laugh are a person who puts his hopes in this worldly life while death pursues him, a person who is heedless [of his Lord] while [his Lord] is not heedless of him, and a person who always laughs while he does not know whether he has pleased Allāh or angered Him.

    What makes me cry is being separated from my beloved: Muhammad and his party (the Companions), the horrors of the time of death, and standing in front of Allāh ‘azza wa jall on the Day when the secrets will be revealed and I do not know will I then go to Paradise or Hell?”

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    It is reported that ʿAbdullāh b. Masʿūd – Allāh be pleased with him – said: There is no comfort or rest for the believer until he meets Allāh.

    Wakīʿ b. Al-Jarrāḥ, Al-Zuhd #86

    It is reported that Masrūq – Allāh have mercy him – said: There is no house better for the believer than the niche of his grave, for then he will rest from the worries of this world, and be secured from the punishment of Allāh.

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    It is reported that Al-Rabīʿ b. Khuthaym – Allāh have mercy him – said: There is nothing that is away from the believer, and for which he waits, better for him than death.

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    The Worst Fitnah

    It is reported that Ḥudhayfah – Allāh be pleased with him – was asked:

    “What is the worst fitnah?” He replied, “That good and evil is presented to you and you do not know which of them to follow.”Ibn Abī Shaybah, Al-Muṣannaf, Kitāb Al-Fitan, article 38565.
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    It is reported that ʿAbdullāh b. Al-Mubārak – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

    How fast these days are in doing away with our lifespans, and how fast this year is in doing away with its months, and how fast this month is in doing away with its days.

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    It is reported that Ḥabīb b. ʿUbayd – Allāh 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.

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