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A thread to put up famous quotes, feel free to add to it.

 

 

He who remembers death often will be content with little provisions, and he who knows that his words are among his actions, will speak little.

—al-Awza’i

 

(Sifatus-Safwah, vol. 4, p. 258)

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By Allah! Hastening to the prayer is not accomplished by the feet. Indeed they were prohibited from coming to prayer without tranquility and dignity. Rather, it is about the hearts, the intention, and the submission.

—Al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī [d 110H/728CE]

 

[Tafseer Ibn Katheer]

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O my son, if you ever pray, then pray a farewell prayer. Do not think that you shall return to it ever again. Know O my son that the believer dies between two good deeds; a good deed that he put forth, and a good deed that he kept back.

—Mu’adh b. Jabal to his son

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“When we contemplate the duration of the universe, we see it limited to the present moment, which is nothing more but the point which separates two infinities of time. The past and the future are as meaningless as if they did not exist. Is anyone more misguided than the man who barters an eternal future for a moment which passes quicker than the blink of an eye?”.

 

Ibn Hazm Al Andalousi (994-1064 A.D.), Al Akhlaq wa’l Siyar

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And of the diseases that afflict du’a and prevent its response is that a person is hasty in expecting a response, and the response is delayed, so he gives up hope, and leaves du’a. His example is like that of a person who planted a seed, or a seedling, then guarded it, and took care of it, and watered it, but when it delayed in (giving its fruit) and reaching perfection, he left it did not take care of it anymore!

 

—Ibn al-Qayyim [d. 751H/1350CE]

Al-Jawab al-Kafi, p. 10

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Take account of yourselves before you are taken to account. Weigh your deeds before they are weighed.

—‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb

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People have been created in such a way that they incline towards their desires but reason and religious incentives suppress such inclinations.

 

 

(Source: Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah. The Way to Patience and Gratitude p9. English translation. Available from: http://www.kalamullah.com/Books/The%20Way%20to%20Patience%20and%20Gratitude.pdf )

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Zuhd is of three degrees: Firstly, to avoid the forbidden; this is the zuhd of the common people. Secondly, to avoid what is lawful but is unnecessary; this is the zuhd of the elite. Thirdly, to avoid everything that distracts one from Allah; this is the zuhd of the Gnostics.

—Imām Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal

 

(Madarij al-Salikeen, 2/11)

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Zuhd is of three degrees: Firstly, to avoid the forbidden; this is the zuhd of the common people. Secondly, to avoid what is lawful but is unnecessary; this is the zuhd of the elite. Thirdly, to avoid everything that distracts one from Allah; this is the zuhd of the Gnostics.

—Imām Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal

 

(Madarij al-Salikeen, 2/11)

I didn't understand this, could you explain it please?

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Zuhd, can be interpreated as living in this world as it should be, like a journey knowing that hereafter awaits. Therefore the degree of Zuhd a person has determines how much he spends in the world doing things that will benefit his hereafter instead of things that will neither benefit or harm his herefater e.g. playing risk (one of my fav board games) with friends.

 

The shaykh lists 3 groups. those who avoid sins as the common people, because as muslims at the very least we understand that we are accountable for all that we do and so Zuhd of the common is to leave something that will damage our hereafter. which is the lesser form.

 

Then there is a stage up, to leave something which is permissible but which does not benefit your hereafter. and then a stage further where those people are always in a state of rememberence...

 

let me know if you need further clarification.

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As-salamu 'alaikum wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuh

 

Sister, "zuhd" in Arabic means "asceticism", i.e. abstaining.

 

Great thread by the way.

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Thankfulness

 

It was al-Junaid (may Allah the Exalted bestow His mercy upon him) who said:

"Thankfulness means that you do not look upon yourself as worthy of the gracious favor you have received."

 

 

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"When Allāh is at the forefront of your priorities in life, then you are at the forefront of Allāh's providential care"

 

I read it on twitter sometime ago [at]Hijaabi99

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"Seeing through the illusions of hardship, confusion and pain that surround us can only happen when we allow our heart to focus. The foundation of Islam is tawheed (Oneness). But tawheed is not just about saying that God is One. It is so much deeper. It is about the Oneness of purpose, of fear, of worship, of ultimate love for God. It is the oneness of vision and focus. It is to direct one’s sight on one singular point, allowing everything else to fall into place."

 

 

Source: Yasemin Mogahed http://www.yasminmog...e-on-a-rooftop/

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Abu Musa, if you were to strive with all your might to please everyone, you still could never accomplish it. Since that is the way things are, make your action and your intention sincere for Allah.

—Imām al-Shāfi‘ī [d. 204H/820CE]

(Read on pg 44, Abu Zakariyya Muhyi’d-din ibn Sharaf an-Nawawi, The Garden of the Gnostics [bustan-ul-Arifeen]

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“Had your hearts been pure, never would you be able to quench the thirst of reading the words of your lord”

—‘Uthmān b. ‘Affān [d 35/656]

[from Ibn Rajab's Jami' al-Ulum wal Hikam]

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Take account of yourselves before you are taken to account. Weigh your deeds before they are weighed.

—‘Umar ibn al-Khaṭṭāb

Thank you so much for reminding :)

 

One of my favorite quotes insha-Allah :)

 

wasalaam

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We sought four traits, but did not achieve them because we did not seek them from their rightful resources; we sought richness in money, but richness is in contentment. We sought comfort in abundant, but comfort is really in having little. We sought honor in good mannerism (not for the sake of Allah), but honor lies in the taqwa. We sought delight in food and clothes, but delight is in modesty and Islam.

 

Tanbihul-Ghafilin, by Nasr As-Samarqandi, p.128

(Read on pg 69, Abdul-Malik bin Muhammad ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Qasim, Life is a Fading Shadow. Darussalam Publishers. Riyadh:1999.)

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Wealth should be viewed just like the toilet, in that you have need for it and resort to it when necessary, but it has no place in your heart.

—Ibn Taymiyyah [d. 728H/1328CE]

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I do not cry in grief or eagerness for this life, because Allah’s Messenger has recommended that one should only collect what is sufficient as provision for a traveler. However, we did not implement his order.

—Salmān al-Farsī [d. 35H/644CE] while crying on his deathbed

 

(Read on pg 56, Abdul-Malik bin Muhammad ibn Abdul Rahman Al-Qasim, Life is a Fading Shadow. Darussalam Publishers. Riyadh:1999.)

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"Oh son of Adam, sell this World for the hereafter and you win both, sell the hereafter for this World and you lose both."

 

-Al-Hasan al-Basri (RA)

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Child of Adam, you are in need of your worldly portion and your portion in the hereafter, but you are more in need of the hereafter. If you put your worldly portion first, you shall lose that of the hereafter and threaten your worldly one. If you put the hereafter first, you will succeed in your worldly portion and put in its rightful place.

—Mu’adh b. Jabal

[isfahani, Hilya I. 234]

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O son of Adam, accompany the world with your body whilst you avert it with your heart and with your concern, for indeed you shall stand with your actions, so take that which is in your hands for that which you shall confront, and with death there will come to you your news.

—’Abdullah ibn ‘Umar

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Ibrāhīm b. Adham was asked about the saying of Allaah (SWT):

“And your Lord Says: Call Upon me, I Will Answer your prayer…” [surah Ghaafir (40): 60]

We supplicate and we are not answered. So he said to them:

  • You know Allah, Yet you do not obey Him,
  • You recite the Qur’aan, Yet do not act according to it,
  • You know Shaytaan, Yet you have agreed with him,
  • You proclaim that you love the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam), Yet you abandon his Sunnah,
  • You proclaim your love for Paradise, Yet you do not act to gain it,
  • You proclaim your fear for the Fire, Yet you do not prevent yourselves from sins,
  • You say “Indeed death is true”, Yet you have not prepared for it,
  • You engage yourselves with finding faults with others, Yet you do not look at your faults,
  • You eat of that which Allah has provided for you, Yet you do not thank Him,
  • You bury your dead, Yet you do not take a lesson from it.

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Son of Adam, you seek (the splendor of) this life just like he who cannot do without it, but seek the Hereafter just like he who does not need it. However, you have been sufficed with regards to this life even if you do not seek it, but you will only earn the Hereafter if you vigorously seek it. So contemplate your affairs.

—Yahya b. Mu’adh

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