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Beautiful piece of naseeha from Al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi   Leave a comment


Act upon your knowledge and you will profit




O man Knowledge does not benefit so long as one does not perfect his actions Knowledge is beauty and Taqwa (Fear) of Allah is its decoration


Those with Taqwa are always preoccupied with their knowledge


The proof of Allah, O possessor of knowledge, is immense


Neither plotting nor scheming concerning it is of any use


Acquire knowledge and perform deeds as much as you can


And do not let vain pastimes and argumentation distract you


Always make it your goal to benefit the people


And beware, beware of fatigue and weariness overtaking you


Admonish your brother with gentleness when he makes a mistake


For knowledge is affectionate with those who are overcome by errors


And if you are amidst a people that have no religious morals


Then command them to do good when they act ignorantly (i.e. sin)


And if they disobey you, then remind them without getting annoyed


And be patient, strive in patience and do not let their actions worry you


For every goat is attached to its two feet


Have patience whether they are oppressive or fair.”






al-Khateeb al-Baghdadi’s ‘Iqtida’ al-’Ilm al-’Amal’





Posted July 11, 2011 by thesunnahway in Great Sayings, Naseeha

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Al-Fudayl b. ‘Ayyâd said:
If you can be unknown, be so; it doesn’t matter if you are not known and it doesn’t matter if you are not praised. It doesn’t matter if you are blameworthy according to the people,what matters is if you are praiseworthy with Allâh the Mighty and Majestic.

Al-Bayhaqî, Al-Zuhd Al-Kabîr

 Yunus as-sadafi said: I have never met a man wiser than Imam ash-Shafiee, I was arguing with him one day about an issue & I left him one day Imam Shafi met me and said: Can we not be brother’s even if we disagree about something” Source: Siyar a’laam an-Nubala 10/16ne

“We restrict our understanding of the Book of Allah & of the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah to the understanding of the Salaf of the Ummah from Scholars of hadeeth, not blind-followers of their individuals. Rather, we take the truth from wherever it comes. We know that there are those who claim Salafiyyah, yet Salafiyyah is free from them since they bring to the society what Allaah has prohibited.” (Quote By Sheikh Muqbil rahmaahullah Taken from Tarjumah Abee ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Muqbil Ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee (p. 135-142)

 Hamdun bin Ahmad said: The speech of our pious predecessors is more benefical than our speech because they spoke for the honor of Islam, for the salvation of the soul, & for the pleasure of Allah. However, we speak to honor ourselves, to seek out the world, & to please creation” (Gems and Jewls Abdul Malik Mujahid)

Imam Ibn al-Jawzi said : The nature of character is like a theif, if a person leaves his nature with the people of his time, his nature will steal from theirs & he will become like them, but if he reads into the lives of the prophet (saw) companions & tabieens his nature will learn from theirs” (Tablis Iblis by Ibn Jawzi)

 ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab once said to Al-Ahnaf Ibn Qais: O Ahnaf, the more one laughs, the less dignity will he posses. Whoever jokes (excessively or indecently) is a person who will be taken lightly. Whoever does something frequently will become known by that thing. Whoever speaks often, errs often; the more often one errs, the less modesty will he possess; whoever has a low level of modesty will also have a low level of piety; and when one has a low level of piety, then his heart dies.“ [Taken from “Glimpses Of The Lives Of Righteous People”, Darussalam publishing, Pp. 24-25, quoting from “Sifatus-Safwah”, 1/1449]

Ahmed ibn Hanbal: Attacking the honour of Rulers and occupying oneself with reviling them & mentioning their shortcomings is a very big mistake & a repugnant sin: The purified revealtion has forbidden it & has censured the one who does so” {Foundations of The Sunnah pg 139}

It is not permissible to rush into making takfir (calling a Muslim kafir) or make Takfir on anyone on account of sin” {Imam Ibn Uthmaymeen: The Khawaarij of the era}

“But you may dislike something which is good for you & you may like something which is bad for you. Allah knows while you do not know” {2:216}

Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih al-Uthaymeen said, “We see you when you are inflicted with a disease, you knock every physician’s door looking for treatment and bearing whatever pain that may result from surgical operations and the bitterness of medicine. Why do you not do the same when your heart is spiritually sick with sins?”
from The Muslim’s Belief (Aqeedat-ul-Muslim). Riyadh, 1998

Abu Darda said to his wife, ” If you see that I am angry, then appease me: & if I see that you are angry, I will appease you-otherwise why should we keep company with one another?” When this saying reached Imam Zuhri, he said, “That is how companionship should be” (Gems & Jewels by Abdul Malik Mujahid)

Sheikh Raslan (hafihadullah) said: The student of knowledge should not mix except with those who he can benefit or can benefit from. If he is offered the friendship of one who will waste his time with him, will not benefit him, will not benefit from him, and will not assist him in reaching his objective, he should politely end the relationship from the …start before it progresses to something deeper ‘Repelling something is easier than removing it.’ (The Manners of the knowledge seeker by Sheikh Raslan p.45)

Dua : “Oh Allah I seek refuge in you lest I misguide others, or I am misguided by others, lest I cause others to error or I am caused to error, lest I behave foolishly or meet with the foolishness of others” audobillaahi minashaytanee rajeem. Ya Allah forgive us”

Shaqeeq Ibn Ibraheem said: “The doors of success have been closed upon the creation because of six things…

1.Their busying themselves with the blessings of Allaah instead of thanking Allaah for them
2. Their desire for knowledge while they abandon actions
3. The hastiness to sin and delaying repentance
4.The deception of having righteous companion…s and not taking them as examples.
5. The turning away of the dunya from them while they chase it
6.And the approach of the afterlife towards them while they turn away from it.”

Source: Al Fawaai’d by Ibn Al Qayyim: P. 161
Translated by: Abu ‘Abdul Waahid, Nadir Ahmad

Abdullaah Ibn Mas’ood, radiy Allahu’anhu said: ”Indeed, I hate to see a man totally free, not doing anything from the work of the life of this world nor the Hereafter” Al Hilyaa vol.1/pg.130

Fu’aad Ibn ‘Abdul-’azeez ash-Shulhoob:
“No matter how careful you are, and no matter what you think to the contrary, an evil companion will have a negative impact on your character, and that is only one of the ways he will harm you.” (The book of manners)

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Great Sayings

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Shaykhul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (d.728H) (rahimahullah) said:

“There is no blame upon the one who makes apparent the manhaj of the Salaf and affiliates himself with it and ascribes himself to it. Rather, it is obligatory to accept that from him by agreement. Since the madhhab of the Salaf is nothing, except the Truth.”

[al-Fataawaa (4/149)]

Abdullaah ibn Umar (Radiallaahu’Anhu) states,

“Every innovation is misguidance, even if the people regard it as good.”


Imaam Abu Haneefah (d. 150H) (rahimahullah) said:

“Adhere to the athar (narration) and the tareeqah (way) of the Salaf (Pious Predecessors) and beware of newly invented matters for all of it is innovation”

[Reported by As-Suyootee in Sawn al Mantaq wal-Kalaam p.32]

Imaam adh-Dhahabee (d.748H) (rahimahullaah) said:

“It is authentically related from ad-Daaraqutnee that he said: There is nothing more despised by me than ‘irnul-kalaam (innovated speech and rhetorics). I say: No person should ever enter into ‘ilmul-kalaam, nor argumentation. Rather, he should be Salafee (a follower of the Salaf).”

[Siyar 16/457]

Imaam al-Asbahaanee (d.535H) (rahimahullaah) said:

“The sign of Ahlus-Sunnah is that they follow the Salafus-Saalih and abandon all that is innovated and newly introduced into the Deen.”

[Al-Hujjah fee Bayaanil Mahajjah 1/364]

Imaam Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The jihaad with decisive proofs [from the Book and the Sunnah] and the tongue takes precedence over the jihaad with the sword and the spear.”

[Al-Jawaab us-Saheeh of Ibn Taymiyyah (1/237)].

Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood (Radhiyallaahu ‘anhu) said:

“The Jamaa’ah is what accords to the truth, even if you are alone.”

[Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah of al-Laalikaee].

Imaam al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullah) said:

Stick to the example of those who came before you (Salafus Saalih), even if the people reject you. And beware of the opinions of men, even if they beautify it for you with their speech.

[Reported by Khateebul Baghdaadee in Sharaf As’haabil Hadeeth and others]

Imaam Abu Haneefah (d. 150H) (rahimahullah) said:

When I say something contradicting the Book of Allaah the Exalted or what is narrated from the Messenger (sal-Allaahu `alayhe wa sallam), then ignore my saying.

[Reported by Al-Fulaani in Eeqaaz al-Himam (p. 50), tracing it to Imaam Muhammad and then saying, “This does not apply to the mujtahid, for he is not bound to their views anyway, but it applies to the muqallid.”]

Imaam Maalik (d. 179H) (rahimahullah) said:

There is no one after the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), except that you can take his saying or leave it, with the exception of the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam).

[Related by Ibn ’Abdul-Haadee in Irshaadus-Saalik (227/l) who declared it Saheeh.]

Imaam Shurayh al-Qaadee (d.80H) (rahimahullah) said:

“Verily, the Sunnah has preceded your qiyaas (analogical deduction), so follow and do not innovate.”

[Related by ad-Daarimee (1/66) and by al-Baghawee in Sharhus-Sunnah (1/216).]

Imaam Ibraaheem bin Maysarah (d.132H) (rahimahullah) said:

“Whoever honours an innovator has aided in the destruction of Islam.”

[Reported by al-Laalikaa’ee in Sharh Usool I’tiqaad (1/139)]

Imaam Ahmad bin Hanbal (rahimahullah) said:

“The graves of sinners from the People of Sunnah is a garden, while the graves of the pious ascetics from the People of Innovation is a barren pit. The sinners among Ahlus-Sunnah are the Friends of Allaah, while the pious among Ahlul-Bid’ah are the Enemies of Allaah.”

[Reported in Tabaqaat al-Hanaabilah (1/184)]

Imaam Abul-Aaliyah (d.90H) (rahimahullah) said:

“Learn Islaam. Then when you have learnt Islaam, do not turn away from it to the right or the left. But be upon the Straight Path and upon the Sunnah of your Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and that which his Companions were upon…and beware of these innovations because they cause enmity and hatred amongst you. But stick to the original state of affairs which was their before they divided.” So ‘Aasim said: I related this to al-Hasan al-Basree, so he said: “He has given you sincere advice and has told you the truth.”

[Reported by Ibn Battaah in al-Ibaanah (no.136)]

Imaam al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullah) said,

“Patiently restrict yourselves to the sunnah, stop where the people stopped, say what they said, avoid what they avoided. Take to the path of the salaf, for indeed what was sufficient for them was sufficient for you.”


ash-Sharee’ah pg. 58]

Posted November 7, 2010 by thesunnahway in Great Sayings