September 2011

“See you not how Allaah sets forth a parable? – A goodly word as a goodly tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky (i.e. very high). Giving its fruit at all times, by the Leave of its Lord and Allaah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may remember.”

[Ibraheem (14):24-25]

Allaah has likened the statement of faith, which is the best of statements, with a tree that is the best of trees bearing these noble characteristics. Its roots are firm, it is always growing and maturing and it bears fruit all the time, directing its numerous benefits and delectable fruits to its owner and others.

This tree varies greatly in the hearts of the believers, changing in accordance to the variation of the qualities that Allaah has described it with. Therefore it is upon the servant to hasten towards acquiring knowledge about it, its descriptions, that which leads to its existence and potency, its roots and its branches. It is upon him to expend his efforts in actualizing this tree in terms of knowledge and action for indeed his portion of goodness and success, happiness in this life and the Hereafter, is dependant upon the extent to which this tree (is implanted in the heart).

  • Selected from: The Tree of Faith, Al-’Allaamah Abdur-Rahman as-Sa’dee

Hassan Al-Basree said:

“I met some people who could not rejoice at the splendor of life when it came to them, nor dedicate their attention to any part of it that went away from them. This life was as worthless in their eyes as dust. One of them lived for fifty or sixty years during which he only owned the clothes that he wore, did not have a barrier between his body and the floor when he slept, and did not ask his family to cook a dish of food for him. When night came, they would be standing and then laying their foreheads on the floor (in Sujuud), with tears running down their cheeks. They begged their Lord to free their necks (from the Fire). Whenever they performed a good deed, they appreciated Allaah for it and invoked Him to accept it. Whenever they committed an error, they felt sad and begged Allaah to forgive it for them, may Allaah’s mercy and pleasure be upon them. By Allaah! They were not saved from the repercussions and evil consequences of sins, except through Allaah’s forgiveness.”

Al-Ihyaa, vol.4, p239

A wise man once said:

“How can someone rejoice in this life when his day consumes a part of his month, and his current month consumes a part of his year, and his current year consumes a part of his life? How can one rejoice when his life is passing through its stages towards its end, whereto his life will end in his death?

Jaami’ ul-Ulum wal-Hikam, p.381


“(1) And surely, We created you (your father Adam) and then gave you shape (the noble shape of a human being); then We told the angels, “Prostrate yourselves to Aadam”, and they prostrated themselves, except Iblees (Satan), he refused to be of those who prostrated themselves. (2) (Allaah) said: “What prevented you (O Iblees) that you did not prostrate yourself, when I commanded you?” Iblees said: “I am better than him (Aadam), You created me from fire, and him You created from clay.” [Al-A'raaf (17):11-12]

Al-Hassan Al-Basree (rahimahullaah) comments:

Iblees (Satan) drew analogous conclusions, and he was the first to do so.

Muhammad ibn Sireen said:

Iblees was the first to draw analogous conclusions, and neither sun nor moon were worshiped but as a result of analogous conclusions.”

Ibn Katheer comments:

“What is meant is that he looked upon himself from the point of analogous conclusion between himself and Aadam. He saw himself nobler than Aadam, so he refused to prostrate before him, in the face of the (Divine) command for him, to prostrate as He commanded the angels. If analogy is given consideration in the presence of the (clear) text, then that analogy will not stand (i.e. it is a false consideration). And even in itself [in the absence of a text], the analogy is false [in its conclusion]. Because soil is more beneficial and better than fire, as in the soil there are qualities of serenity, gentleness, perseverance, and growth. While in fire there are qualities of frivolity, impatience, haste and burning.”

The Stories of the Prophets, by Imaam Ibn Katheer

So, when I have fashioned him completely and breathed into him (Aadam) the soul which I created for him, then fall (you) down prostrating yourselves unto him.” [Al-Hijr  (15):29]

Ibn Katheer (rahimahullaah) comments:

So these are four honors: He created him with His Hand, breathed into him the soul which He created for him, commanded the angels to prostrate before him and taught him the names of things.”

The Stories of the Prophets, by Imaam Ibn Katheer

Then He showed them to the angels and said, “Tell Me the names of these if you are truthful.” ~ [Al-Baqarah (2):31]

Al-Hasan Al-Basree comments:

“When Allaah intended to create Aadam, the angels said: “Our Lord does not create any creature but we are more knowledgeable than that creature.” So they were put to a test, and that is why He said: “If you are indeed truthful.”

The Stories of the Prophets, by Imaam Ibn Katheer

And man was created weak.”


In regard to this verse, someone asked Imaam Sufyaan Ath-Thauree (rahimahullaah), ‘How is man weak?’ He said, “A woman walks by a man, and he cannot prevent himself from looking at her, although she does not benefit him at all. What can be weaker than that?

The Biography of Sufyaan Ath-Thauree (rahimahullaah)

‘Abdullaah ibn Hamad al-’Usaylaan narrates(1):

‘One of his students narrated an incident regarding Shaykh Ibn Al-Uthaymeen which deserves mentioning, whereby the Shaykh said:

There is a box in the student’s accomodation (building) and whoever needs any sum of money, then he can take it from there.”

The student (narrating this incident) said to me: “I went to this box and found it empty, and at that time I was in desperate need to travel, and this required a sum of money. So I went to the Shaykh and asked him for it, and with all humility and simplicity he said to me:

Come with me outside the masjid and I shall give you what you need.”

So I went out with him and he placed his hand in his pocket and took out a sum of money – more than what I was in need of, and gave it to me. So I understood from this that the Shaykh did not want to cause me inconvenience (and embarrassment) in front of the students; out of concern for his student’s honour.”


(1) Safahaat Mushriqah min Hayaat al-’Imaam Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen – Page 116.

  • Extracted from: Jewels of Guidance | Ibn Baaz, al-Albaanee, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon them all)


‘Abdul-Lateef(1) narrates(2):

Forty-eight hours before Shaykh Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah) died, he asked for his book (Saheeh Sunan Abee Daawood) to be brought to him; so he could check something in it which he had a doubt about.’


(1) The Shaykh’s son.

(2) Muhammad Naasiruddeen al-Albaanee – Muhaddith al-’Asr and Naasir as-Sunnah — Page 43.

  • Extracted from: Jewels of Guidance | Ibn Baaz, al-Albaanee, Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy upon them all)

Yusuf ibn Asbat said:

“There are ten signs of good manners and they are:

  1. Little arguing;
  2. Listening well;
  3. Avoiding searching for shortcomings;
  4. Covering mistakes;
  5. Finding excuse;
  6. Patience when annoyed;
  7. Blaming one’s own self;
  8. Seeing one’s own faults rather than other people’s faults;
  9. Having a beaming face with the young and the old;
  10. Saying kind words to those who are below and above one (with regards to religious knowledge, righteousness, social status, and so forth).”

Al-Ihyaa, vol.3, p.77

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