Gems Of The Salaf

Abu Dardaa (رضي الله عنه) said:
”Supplicate to Allaah in your times of ease and He will answer your supplication in your times of difficulty.”  A man said to him: ”Advise me.” So he said to him: ”Remember Allaah in times of ease and He (The Mighty and Majestic) will remember you when you are in difficulty.” [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 203]

”Goodness is in tranquillity and evil is in doubt.” [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 269]

Hasan Al-Basri (رحمه الله) said:
”Indeed, a weakness in your Eemaan is that you are more attached to what is your possession than what is in Allaah’s Hand.” [Jaami-ul Uloom wal-Hikam: page: 207]

Fudayl Ibn Iyaad (رحمه الله) said:
”The foundation of abstinence from those things of the worldly life one does not need is that he becomes pleased with the (decrees, commandments and ordainments) of Allaah. [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 307-308]

”We do not recognize one (merely) due to his accomplishment of a lot of prayers and fasting; rather what is recognizable to us are generosity, guilelessness and being good natured, and to give sincere advice to the Ummah.” [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: Page: 91]

Ahmad Bin Aasim Al-Antaakee (رحمه الله) said:
”I wish not to die until I know my Protector (i.e. Allaah).  And knowing Him is not that you (merely) acknowledge Him, but knowing Him is that you are shy of Him after knowing Him.” [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 202]

Ammaar Bin Yaasir (رضي الله عنه) said:
Death is enough as an admonition, certainty is enough as richness and worship is enough as an occupation. [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 308]

Ibn Mas’ood (رضي الله عنه) said:
Certainty is that you neither please the people to displease Allaah nor envy anyone for the provision Allaah has given him, nor blame anyone for what Allaah has not given you; because Allaah’s provision will neither come to you through the eagerness of the one (who wants it to come to you) nor will it be repelled by the dislike of the one who dislikes that (it should be given to you). [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 308]

”You observe fasting, perform prayer and Jihaad more than the companions of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم), whilst they were better than you.” They said: ”why is that the case?’” He said: They practiced more abstinence from the worldly life and they were more desirous of the hereafter.” [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 318]

”The superiority of prayer at night over prayer during the day is like the superiority of charity given in secret over charity given openly.” [Jaami-ul Uloom wal-Hikam: page: 290]

”Whoever loves the Qur’aan will love Allaah and His Messenger.” [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: 382]

Abu Haazim (رحمه الله) said:
It was said to Abu Haazim, what is your wealth? He said: I have two (sources) of wealth by way of which I cannot fear poverty, reliance upon Allaah and not being desperate for what people possess. It was said to him: ‘’Do you not fear poverty? He said: ‘’Should I fear poverty when my Protector (Allaah) owns what is in the heavens and the earth, and all that is under the soil?!’’ [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 307]

Abu Sulaymaan (رحمه الله) said:
”Abstinence from the worldly life is to abandon that which pre-occupies you away from Allaah.” He (rahimahullaah) also said: ”everything that preoccupies you away from Allaah, be it (your) family, wealth and children, then indeed it is misfortune.” [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 315-316]

 Rabee Bin Anas (رحمه الله) said:
”Indeed Allaah remembers the one who remembers Him; He increases in (in provision and goodness) the one who thanks Him, and He punishes the one who disbelieves in Him.” [Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 365].

Abdul-Maalik Ibnul Mubaarak (رحمه الله) said:

”I arrived in Koofa and ask about the most fearful of Allaah amongst its people, so they said: ”Abu Haneefah”[Taareekh Baghdaad: 13/358]

Sufyaan Bin ‘Uyaynah (رحمه الله) said:

There was not a man that arrived in makkah in our time, who used to pray more than Abu Haneefah (rahimahullaah) [Taareekh Baghdaad: 13/353]

Sa’eed Bin Jubair (رحمه الله) said:

Ataa Ibn Deenaar (رحمه الله) narrated from Sa’eed Bin Jubair (رحمه الله) who said: Indeed reverential fear is that you fear Allaah until it becomes a barrier between you and disobedience. This reverential fear is remembrance of Allaah and obedience to Allaah; so whoever obeys Allaah is one who (truly) remembers Him; and whoever does not obey Allaah is not one who (truly) remembers him, even if he utters a lot of words of glorification of Allaah and recites the Qur’aan much. [Hilyatul Awliyaa: 4/276]

Habeeb (رحمه الله) narrated from Thaabit (رحمه الله) who said: Sa’eed Bin Jubair (رحمه الله) said to me: ”It is more beloved to me that I spread my knowledge than go with it in my grave.” [Tabaqaat Ibn Sad: 6/262]

Hilaal Ibn Khabbaab (رحمه الله) said: I said to Saeed Bin Jubayr: What is the sign of the people’s destruction? He said: When their scholars depart (from this world)[Siyah A’laam Nubulaa:4/326]

Uthmaan Bin Saaleh and Ahmad Bin Sa’eed Ad-daarimee (رحمهما الله) said:

Uthmaan narrated to us saying: ”A man came to (Imaam) Maalik (رحمه الله) and asked him about an affair of the religion, so he said to him: ”The Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said such and such.” So the man said: ”what is your view?” (Imaam) Maalik said to him: ”And let those who oppose the Messenger’s (Muhammad) commandment (i.e. his Sunnah legal ways, orders, acts of worship, statements, etc.) (among the sects) beware; lest some Fitnah (disbelief, trials, afflictions, earthquakes, killing, overpowered by a tyrant, etc.) befall them or a painful torment be inflicted on them.” [Soorah An-Noor: Ayah: 63] [Hilyatul Awliyaa: 6/326]

Imam maalik (رحمه الله) said:
Ibn Wahb (رحمه الله) narrated that he heard Maalik (رحمه الله) saying: ”When a man praises himself, his magnificence leaves him.” [Taareekhul Islaam: 11/328]

Ibn Wahb (رحمه الله) narrated from Maalik (رحمه الله) who said:
”It has reached me that no one abstains from the unnecessary pleasures of this world and is fearful of Allaah, except that he speaks with wisdom.” [Siyar A’laam Nubulaa:8/109]

“’There is not one amongst us except that he is either refuting or being refuted, except the one in this grave (the Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه وسلم).”

Malik Ibn Dinar (رحمه الله) said:
“By Allah! If it was possible for me not to sleep, I would not sleep out of fear that the punishment would descend and I am asleep. By Allah! If I had some helpers, I would spread them out among the dunyaa and give them orders to cry out to the people, ‘O mankind! The Fire! The Fire!’ “

“Whoever proposed to the world, then the world would not be satisfied until he gave up his Deen as dowry.”

Umar ibn abdul-’aziz (رحمه الله) said:
Umar ibn Abdil-’Aziz:“Become a scholar if you are able. If you are not able, then be a student. If you can not, then show love for them. If you are unable to do that, then (at least) do not hate them.” (Ibn Abdil-Barr in Jaami’u Bayaanil-’Ilmi wa Fadhlihi, #143)

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