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Know that if you are patient…..


Ali bin Abu Talib went to Ash’ath to console him upon the death of one of his sons. He said,

“If you are sad, then you are deserving of mercy, but if you are patient, then Allah gives you something in place of what was lost or destroyed. Know that if you are patient, everything that was destined for you and preordained for you will occur and you will be rewarded. If you complain and are hopeless, then likewise all that was destined for you will occur, except that you will be blamed for your impatience in Allahs Will.”


source: Gems & Jewels; Wise Sayings, Interesting Events & Moral Lessons from Islamic History, Compiled by: Abdul-Malik Mujahid, pg 59


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“What do you think about a man who committed a sin?”

وَمَن يَعۡمَلۡ سُوٓءًا أَوۡ يَظۡلِمۡ نَفۡسَهُ ۥ ثُمَّ يَسۡتَغۡفِرِ ٱللَّهَ يَجِدِ ٱللَّهَ غَفُورً۬ا رَّحِيمً۬ا
And whoever does evil or wrongs himself but afterwards seeks Allah’s Forgiveness, he will find Allah Oft¬Forgiving, Most Merciful.
[Surah AnNisa (4): 110]

It is reported that a man came to Ali and asked, What do you think about a man who committed a sin? He replied, He must seek Allāh’s forgiveness and repent to Him.

[The man] said, He did that, but then sinned again? [Ali] said, He must seek Allāh’s forgiveness and repent to Him. The man again said, He did that, but returned to sin. [Ali] said, He must seek Allāh’s forgiveness and repent to Him.

The man said for the fourth time, He did, but then sinned again. Ali then said, Until when? Then he said, He must seek Allāh’s forgiveness and repent to Him; and not give up until it is Shayṭān who is defeated [overcome].

Hunād b. Al-Sarī, Kitāb Al-Zuhd

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And Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do

إِن تُبۡدُواْ ٱلصَّدَقَـٰتِ فَنِعِمَّا هِىَ‌ۖ وَإِن تُخۡفُوهَا وَتُؤۡتُوهَا ٱلۡفُقَرَآءَ فَهُوَ خَيۡرٌ۬ لَّڪُمۡ‌ۚ وَيُكَفِّرُ عَنڪُم مِّن سَيِّـَٔاتِڪُمۡ‌ۗ وَٱللَّهُ بِمَا تَعۡمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ۬

If you disclose your Sadaqât (alms-giving), it is well, but if you conceal them, and give them to the poor, that is better for you. (Allâh) will expaite you some of your sins. And Allâh is Well-Acquainted with what you do.

[Surah Baqarah (2):271]

It is reported that Abu Al Aliyah said, “I learned writing and the Quran without my family noticing, and not a drop of ink was ever seen on my garment.”

Abû Nu’aym, Hilyatu Al-Awliyâ` Vol. 2 p217.

It is reported that when Ibn Abi Layla prayed [at night], if someone entered [his house], he would lie down on his bed [as if he was sleeping].

Ibid. Vol. 4 p351.

It is reported that Ayyûb Al-Sakhtiyânî used to pray all night and hide it. In the morning, he would raise his voice as if he had just woken up

Al-Dhahabî, op. cit. Vol. 6 p17.

It is reported that Dawud b. Abi Hind fasted for forty years without his family knowing, he would take his lunch out with him and donate it in the street.

Ibid. Vol. 6 p378.

Quotes taken from SayingsOfTheSalaf

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‘Recite so that your ears hear what you recite and your heart pays attention’

{The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Qur’an, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong)} [Al-Baqarah: 185]

{شَهْرُ رَمَضَانَ الَّذِي أُنْـزِلَ فِيهِ الْقُرْآنُ هُدًى لِلنَّاسِ وَبَيِّنَاتٍ مِنَ الْهُدَى وَالْفُرْقَانِ} البقرة: 185

“It was said that the salaf would spend the days of Ramdan reading the Qur’an, and the importance of studying the Qur’an cannot be emphasized enough. A single ayah (verse) recided with tadabbur (contemplation) may be better than reciting many ayaat (verses) of the Qur’an without contemplaton. Scholars differed regardubg whether it is better to recide more or recite less with contemplation. Although as isolated deeds they both may be equal, the latter will benefit you for the rest of your life and thus the effects of understanding the Qur’an will elevate you further in the Hereafter.

Abu Jumrah once said to Abdullah ibn Masud ‘I am fast in my recitation and perhaps I would recite the Qur’an once or even twice in a single night’ , Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with him) replied ‘For me to recite one surah is more pleasing to me than if I did that which you do, if you do so then make sure you recite so that your ears hear what you recite and your heart pays attention.’

Taken from: Ramadan: The Month of Deeds

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“Fast the very hot days in anticipation of the Day of Resurrection”

Abu ad-Darda’ would say: “Fast the very hot days in anticipation of the Day of Resurrection, and pray two rak’at in the darkness of night in anticipation of the darkness of the grave.”

It’s reported in the two ‘Sahih’s that he said: “You have seen us with the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) on some of his journeys on very hot days, and a man would hold his hand against his head due to the intensity of the heat, and none of them would be fasting except the Messenger of Allah and ‘Abdullah bin Rawahah.” And the narration of Muslim states that Abu ad-Darda’ said: “This was during the month of Ramadan.”

When those who fast for Allah in the heat are patient despite their intense thirst, He will set aside a specific gate of the gates of Paradise for them. This is the gate called Rayyan, and whoever enters through it will drink, and whoever drinks after entering it will never be thirsty again. When they enter through it, it will be locked for those after them, and none will enter through it except them…”

Source: Ibn Rajab in ‘Lata’if al-Ma’arif’
Taken from
‘The Virtues of Fasting in Summer’

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“..loving him deserves to be greater than any other love..”

قُلْ إِنْ كَانَ آبَاؤُكُمْ وَأَبْنَاؤُكُمْ وَإِخْوَانُكُمْ وَأَزْوَاجُكُمْ وَعَشِيرَتُكُمْ وَأَمْوَالٌ اقْتَرَفْتُمُوهَا وَتِجَارَةٌ تَخْشَوْنَ كَسَادَهَا وَمَسَاكِنُ تَرْضَوْنَهَا أَحَبَّ إِلَيْكُمْ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَرَسُولِهِ وَجِهَادٍ فِي سَبِيلِهِ فَتَرَبَّصُوا حَتَّى يَأْتِيَ اللَّهُ بِأَمْرِهِ وَاللَّهُ لا يَهْدِي الْقَوْمَ الْفَاسِقِينَ

{Say: If your fathers, your sons, your brothers, your wives, your kindred, the wealth that you have gained, the commerce in which you fear a decline, and the dwellings in which you delight are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger, and striving hard and fighting in His Cause, then wait until Allah brings about His Decision (torment). And Allah guides not the people who are Al-Fasiqun (the rebellious, disobedient to Allah).}

[Surat At-Tawba 9:24]

Ibn Hajarsaid concerning the subject of loving the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم):“When the person considers the benefits that came to him from the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم), who got him out the darkness of disbelief to the light of faith, either directly or indirectly, he will know that he is the reason of his stay in the eternal bliss, and he will know that this benefit is greater than all other kinds of benefits. Therefore, loving him deserves to be greater than any other love (after loving Allah), because the benefits that cause love come from him more than any other source. However; people vary in this according to their realizing, or being inattentive, to it.”
Ali ibn Abu Talib(may Allah be pleased with him) was asked: “How was your love to the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم)?” Whereupon he said: “By Allah, he was dearer to us than our money, sons, fathers, mothers and even the cold water at the time of thirst.”
(Ash-Shifâ` by ‘Iyadd: 2/568)
The things that induce loving the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه و سلم) most are two:
One: Considering his characteristics and morals. He (صلى الله عليه و سلم) was the most perfect man in bringing up, and he was known for trustworthy, piousness, justice, good manners, neglecting the evils and injustice and every evil characteristic before prophet hood, and everybody knew him confessed with that. Moreover; after prophet hood, all people whether they believed in him or not, did not have anything against him in his sayings, deeds or morals, nor anybody ever accused him with lying, injustice or fornication. Furthermore, his shape and figure was the best and most perfect figure and it contained every charming quality that proves his perfectness …
The other: Considering his beneficence and favors for his people; such as being patient with them, having mercy toward them, guiding them, having sympathy towards them, being full of pity and mercy for the believers, being mercy to the worlds, being bearer of glad tidings and a warner, being inviter to Allah by His will and as a lamp spreading light, reciting Qur`an to them, purifying them and teaching them the Book (the Qur`an) and wisdom.
Taken from ‘None was dearer to me than the Messenger of Allah’ from

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“…and the master of the blessings of the Hereafter is Islam.”

وَءَاتَٮٰكُم مِّن ڪُلِّ مَا سَأَلۡتُمُوهُ‌ۚ وَإِن تَعُدُّواْ نِعۡمَتَ ٱللَّهِ لَا تُحۡصُوهَآ‌ۗ إِنَّ ٱلۡإِنسَـٰنَ لَظَلُومٌ۬ ڪَفَّارٌ۬

And He gave you of all that you asked for, and if you count the Blessings of Allâh, never will you be able to count them. Verily! man is indeed an extreme wrong-doer, – a disbeliever (an extreme ingrate, denies Allâh’s Blessings by disbelief, and by worshiping others besides Allâh, and by disobeying Allâh and His Prophet Muhammad SAW).
[Surah Ibrahim (14): 34]

Sufyan ibn ‘Uyayniya said, “Allah Glorified and Exalted has not bestowed a blessing upon His slaves better than that He has let them recognize that there is no god but Allah.” He said, “Verily, ‘there is no god but Allah’ for them in the Hereafter is like water in this worldly life.”
Abu Bakr ibn Abdullah Al-Mazni said, “This who is a Muslim and whose body is sound and healthy, then he has gathered both the master of the blessings of this worldly life as well as the master of the blessings of the Hereafter. As the master of the blessings of this worldly life is health and the master of the blessings of the Hereafter is Islam.”
A man entered upon Sahl ibn Abdullah and said, “A thief entered my house and stole my luggage.”
He said, “Then praise Allah because if a thief entered your heart, that is the Devil, and spoiled your belief in monotheism, what would you have done?”
Yunus ibn Ubaid said, “A man asked Abu Tamimah, “How have you become?

He replied, “I have become among two blessings I do not know which of them is better! (one is) sins which have been concealed by Allah so no one can disgrace me because of them, and (the other is) a love Allah has put in the hearts of His slaves for me to which my work cannot reach.”


Abdullah ibn Umar ibn Abdel-Aziz said, “Umar ibn Abdel-Aziz has never seen a blessing that Allah Glorified and Exalted has bestowed upon him but that he said, ‘O Allah! I seek refuge in You that I change Your blessing into disbelief, or that I deny it after knowing it, or that I forget it that I do not be grateful about it’.”.

Taken from ‘Have You Thanked Allah for His Graces?’ from

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