Sayings of Al-Hasan Al-Basri

1-It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basri – Allah have mercy on him – said:

“How strange it is that person whose departure (from this world to the next) has been announced, and whose predecessors have already departed, still plays around!”[Abu Bakr Al-Daynuri, Al-Mujalasah wa Jawahir Al-’Ilm article 843.]

Invoking Allaah For Forgiveness

Rawbbana zawlamnaa anfusanaa.Wa il-lam tag’firlanaa wa tarh’umnaa la-na-koo-nan-na minal khaawsireen(7:23)

Our Lord! We have wronged our own souls. If thou forgive us not and bestow not upon us Thy Mercy, we will surely be among the losers.

Ibrahim ibn Adham (ra) Advice against disobedience to Allaah

A man came to Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allaah be pleased with him, and said, “Abu Ishaq, I am unable to control myself. Please give me something to help me with it”

“If you accept five conditions,” said Ibrahim, “and are able to put them into practice, your disobedience will not cause you any problem.”

“Just tell me what they are, Abu Ishaq!” the man said. “The first is that when you want to disobey Allaah you do not eat anything He provides. “Then how will I get anything to eat? Everything on the earth is from Him!” “So is it right to eat His provision and disobey Him at the same time?” replied Ibrahim.

“No, it is not. What is the second condition?” “When you want to disobey him, move off His land.”

“That is even more difficult! Exclaimed the man. “In that case where will I live?”

“Is it right to eat his provision and live on His land and then to disobey Him?” asked Ibrahim. “No, it is not.”

Z’ikr-E- Allaah

Allaah’s Messenger (Saws) said: “O Abdullah bin Qais,should I not point you to one of the treasures of Paradise? I said, “Yes, O Messenger of Allaah.” So he told me to say:

Laa h’aula walaa quwwata illa billah. (Bukhaari)

There is no power and no might except by Allaah.

Think And Reflect

Don’t put a question mark where Allah puts a full stop.

Sayings of Imam Ali (AS)

1- A moment of patience in a moment of anger can help you avoid thousand moments of sorrow…

2- O’ Allaah! I did not worship You because I am afraid of Hell, or out of greed for Your Paradise. I have worshiped You because I found You worthy of being worshiped.

Seeking Refuge With Allaah

It was narrated from Mu’adh bin ‘Abdullah bin Khubaib that his father said:

“I was with the Messenger of Allah [SAW] on the road to Makkah when I found myself alone with the Messenger of Allah [SAW]. I drew close to him and he said: ‘Say.’ I said: ‘What should I say?’ He said: ‘Say.’ I said: ‘What should I say?’ He said: ‘Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of the daybreak…’ until he finished (the Surah), then he said: ‘Say: I seek refuge with (Allah) the Lord of mankind…’ until he finished it. Then he said: ‘The people cannot seek refuge with Allah by means of anything better than these two.’”

Reference:Sunan an- Nasa’i 5428, In- book reference :Book 50, Hadith 1

English translation:Vol. 6, Book 50, Hadith 5430

These two Surahs ,also known as the Al-Mu’awwidhatan, mentioned in the above Hadith are the last two Surahs of the Holy Quran, namely, Surah Al-Falaq,the second last Surah(No.113),and Surah an-Naas,the last Surah(No.114).

UNDERSTANDING QUR’AAN

Bismilla hir rawh’’maa nir rawh’éem

In the name of Allaah, The All-Compassionate, The All-Merciful

Importance of beginning any activity in the name of Allaah

One of the many practices taught by Islam is that its followers should begin their activities in the name of Allaah. This principle, if consciously and earnestly followed, will necessarily yield three beneficial results.

First- one will be able to restrain oneself from many misdeed, since the habit of pronouncing the name of Allaah is bound to make one wonder when about to commit some offence how such an act can be reconciled with the saying of Allaah’s holy name.

Second- if a man pronounces the name of Allaah before starting good and legitimate tasks, this act will ensue that both his starting point and his mental orientation are sound.

Third – and this is the most important benefit – when a man begins something by pronouncing Allaah’s name, he will enjoy Allaah’’s support and succor; Allaah will bless his efforts and protect him from the machinations and temptation of Shaiytaan. For whenever man turns to Allaah, Allaah turns to him as well.

Reference: Towards Understanding the Qur’an, vol.1-by Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi. Tr. by Zafar Ishaque Ansari

Knowledge

The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The learned are heirs of the prophets, and the prophets do not leave any inheritance in the form of (monetary wealth), but they do leave knowledge as their legacy. A person, who acquires knowledge, acquires his full share (of this legacy).”  Reference: Riyadh-us-Salaheen: 1388

Sayings of Imam Ali (AS)

1-I am surprised at the man who searches for his lost item, while he has lost his own soul and does not search for it.

2- When God intends to humiliate a person He denies him knowledge

3- Do not run after the world; let the world run after you.

4- Live amongst people in such a manner that if you die they weep over you and if you are alive they crave for your company.

5- The wiser a man is, the less talkative he will be.