Beautiful Sayings from the Scholars of the Past

February 4, 2008

Narrated Muhammad ibn Abi Imran (rahimahullah), I heard a man asking Hatim al-Asamm (rahimahullah): “On what have you based your dependence on Allah?” He said: “On four points”

  • I knew that my sustenance cannot be eaten by someone else, and I am assured. 
  • I knew that my duty cannot be done by anyone else, so I kept myself busy with that.
  • I knew that death will come suddenly to me, so I prepared myself for it.
  • I knew that wherever I go I am under Allah’s Eye, so I am always shy of Him. 

It is reported from Imām Sufyān b. ‘Uyainah – Allāh have mercy on him – that he said:

  • Whoever’s sin was because of [carnal] desires, hope for him (as he may repent and be forgiven),
  • But whoever’s sin was out of pride, fear for him. 
  • For indeed, Âdam sinned out of simple desire, and was forgiven; 
  • Whereas Iblīs sinned out of pride, and was cursed.

Narrated Dirar ibn Murrah (rahimahullah):
Iblis said, “If I am successful in persuading man to do three things, then that will be all I need.” 

  • To make forget his sins. 
  • To regard his good deeds as too many.
  • To be proud of his opinion.

Masrūq (a student of Ibn Masud)- Allah have mercy on him – said:

  • Sufficient as knowledge for a person is that he fears Allah, and sufficient as ignorance for a person is that he feels impressed with the knowledge he has.

It is reported from ‘Abdullâh b. Mas’ûd – Allâh be pleased with him – that he said:

  • One should get used to the idea that if everyone on earth disbelieved, you would not disbelieve.
  • Do not be an im’ah (characterless).” He was asked, “And what is an im’ah?” He replied,
  • A person who says, ‘I am with the people (I do what they do).’ Verily, there is to be no following examples in evil.  

Ibrahim al-Ash`ath said, I heard al-Fudayl (rahimahullah) saying:

  • Man’s fear of Allah is equal to his knowledge of Him (subhaa nahu wa ta’ala). 
  • His renunciation of the life of this world is equal to his desire of the Hereafter. 
  • Whoever acts according to what he knows, Allah (subhaa nahu wa ta’ala) will make him successful in what he doesn’t know. 
  • And whoever is ill-tempered, Allah disgraces his honor, religion and generosity.

Dhu’n-Noon al-Misri (rahimahullah) said,

  • The ailment of the body is in sickness and that of the heart is in sins.
  • A delicious meal cannot benefit the body when the person is sick.
  • The heart cannot taste the sweetness of worship if it is full of sins.

Al-Hârith b. Qays (a student of Ibn Masud and Ali)– Allah have mercy on him – said:

  • When intending to do something good,
    Do not delay it until tomorrow.
  • When involved in something to do with the hereafter,
    Keep yourself involved as long as you can.
  • When involved in some worldly matter,
    Put your mind to it (so as to get it done). 
  • And if you are praying and Shaytân whispers, ‘You are showing off,’
    Then, make your prayer even longer.
    (The last bit of advice about prayer serves to repel one of Shaytân’s plots, which is to turn people away from worshipping Allah by making them feel they are showing off if they try to perfect their worship)

Abdullâh b. Mubârak – Allah have mercy on him – said:

  • I asked Sufyân Al-Thawrî, “When a man stands to pray, what should he intend by his recitation and prayer?”
  • Sufyân Al-Thawrî replied, “He should intend that he is personally entreating his Lord.”

Ibnul Qayyim –(rahimahullaah) – said,

  • Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries in his water-jug dirt. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit.

(Sources include http://www.allaahuakbar.net and http://sayingsofthesalaf.blogspot.com)

Advertisements

3 Responses to “Beautiful Sayings from the Scholars of the Past”

  1. Umm Uthaymeen Says:

    It is reported from Imām Sufyān b. ‘Uyainah – Allāh have mercy on him – that he said:

    Whoever’s sin was because of [carnal] desires, hope for him (as he may repent and be forgiven),
    But whoever’s sin was out of pride, fear for him.
    For indeed, Âdam sinned out of simple desire, and was forgiven;
    Whereas Iblīs sinned out of pride, and was cursed.

    I really liked that one, Masha’Allah thanks for posting this allowing us to benefit from these wonderful sayings of great scholars, May Allah be pleased with them All… Ameen

  2. Anonymous Says:

    it is truely very useful page and Muslims may benefit from it. Please keep it up and update it timely.

    Thanks,

  3. ABUBAKAR Says:

    GREAT WORK


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: