beautiful sayings


Let those who have failed to make the most of this month (Ramadaan) end it with good, because actions are (judged) by their endings.

- Ibn Rajab

«We do not abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten except that We bring forth [one] better than it or similar to it. Do you not know that Allah is over all things competent?»

[Soorah al-Baqarah (2):106]


`Abbaad b. `Abbaad al-Khawwaas:[1]

Let your attitude be, when finding something you disapprove of in your brothers, as though you are offering help from yourselves to yourselves, and offering sincerity from yourselves to your Lord, and offering sympathy from yourselves to your brothers. If you do that, then your faults will be of more concern to you than those of anyone else, and each of you would seek to wean sincere advice from each other, and whoever offers sincere advice to you and submits it from among you, will enjoy your good favors and graces. `Umar ibn al-Khattaab (radiyallaahu `anh) said, concerning this: ‘May Allaah have mercy on the one who brought my faults to my attention.”

You yourselves love to speak and that what you say should be put up with it. But when the like of what you have said, is said to you, you become angry, being angry with the people concerning their traits that you dislike, while you have the likes of these traits. Would you then not like that these are held against you?!

  • Source: Narrated by ad-Daarimee (1/160-163), who said: “`Abdul-Malak ibn Sulaymaan Aboo `Abdur-Rahmaan al-Antaakee reported the whole of this to us.”
  • Translated by: `Aboo Abdullaah as-Sayalaanee

Abbād b. Abbād al-Khawwās:[1]

Doubt and suspect your opinions and the opinions of the people of your era, and be certain, verifying [a matter] before speaking [about it]. Seek knowledge before it is sought from you, for indeed a time will come in which Truth and falsehood resembles each other such that they will become confused, and in which good is [called] evil and evil is [called] good. So some of you will end up trying to get close to Allaah with that which will distance you from Him, showing love for Him with that which will anger Him. Allaah, the Most High, said:

Is he then to whom the evil of his deeds is made to seem fair to him, so that he considers it as good, (equal to the one who is rightly guided)? Verily, Allaah leads astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. So do not destroy yourself (O Muhammad) in sorrow for them. Indeed Allaah is the All-Knower of what they do.” [Soorah al-Faatir (35):8]

  • Source: Narrated by ad-Daarimee (1/160-163), who said: “`Abdul-Malak ibn Sulaymaan Aboo `Abdur-Rahmaan al-Antaakee reported the whole of this to us.”
  • Translated by: `Aboo Abdullaah as-Sayalaanee

Dhul-Nuun used to repeat these verses by night:

Seek for yourselves

The likes of what I have found.

I have found a place of rest wherein

He never falters in His love:

If I move away, He draws me close

And if I move closer, He draws nigh.

- Aboo Nu`aym, vol. 9, p. 357 no. 14112

Ibn Masūd:

There are people who recite the Qurān yet it doesn’t descend beyond their throats; were it to reach the heart & take root therein, it is then that it would benefit.

- Muslim, no. 822


Shaykh Ahmad al-Qar`aawee narrates:

Often, before the Shaykh [Saalih al-`Uthaymeen] entered the masjid, a little girl of 6 years would approach him asking the Shaykh for a riyal. So, the Shaykh, smiling, would say to her:

Would you like a (brand) new riyal or an old (used) riyal?

She would reply: “I would like a new riyal.”

So the Shaykh would gave her a new riyal, and then she would ask him on behalf of her sister, and the Shaykh would give her one (riyal) too.’

  • Source: Safahaat Mushiqah min Hayaat al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Saalih al-`Uthaymeen, p71.
  • Transcribed from: Jewels of Guidance, vol.1, p167

Shaykh ibn Saalih al-`Uthaymeen states:

“…Every text that proves the obligation to believe in what has come in the Qur`aan is also a proof that one must believe in what has come in the Sunnah, due to the direct orders found in the Qur`aan to follow the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) and refer back to him in disputes. And referring back to him (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) was done by going directly to him during his lifetime, and it is done by referring to his Sunnah after his death.

So where is the belief in the Qur`aan for the one who is too haughty to follow the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), the very one he has been commanded to follow in the Qur`aan?! And where is the belief in the Qur`aan for the one who does not refer back to the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) in disputes while Allaah has ordered him with that in the Qur`aan?!

And where is the belief in the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam), that which the Qur`aan has directed us to, for the one who does not accept what is found in his Sunnah?! And verily, Allaah has said:

«And We have sent down upon you the Book,

a clarification for everything.» [16:89]

It is well known that many of the affairs of the Islaamic legislation, of both knowledge and practice, have been explained by the Sunnah. This shows how the details given to something from the Sunnah are actually from the “clarification” of the Qur`aan (as referred to in the above Verse).”

  • Sourceal-Qawaa`id al-MuthlaaShaykh `Uthaymeen.
  • Translated byUstaadh Moosaa Richardson.

“O soul, woe to You!
Guidance has come to you,
Answer it! Here is the caller of Allah,
summoning you.
Many-a-time are you called to guidance
yet turn away do you,
But answer do you the caller to misguidance
when he calls you!

One of the Companions said:

You are doing deeds that are, in your eyes, more insignificant than a hair, whereas at the time of the Messenger of Allaah (‘alayhis-salaam) we would consider them to be destructive sins![1]

ibn Rajab, the Journey to Allah


[1] al-Bukhaaree no. 6492 on the authority of Anas.

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