`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

Matters will not be correct and sound except with the presence of tawheed.


*In the Name of Allaah, the Extremely Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy…

Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan:

…This is what is obligatory for the du`aat (callers) to precede upon in their call, that they should focus upon warning against shirk and calling to tawheed before everything, otherwise their call will not be upon the manhaj (methodology) of the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam).

Allaah sent the Messenger (sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam) with warning against shirk and calling to tawheed, so it is essential to lay this foundation down first of all. After that, the person can direct his attention to the rest of the matters, since matters will not be correct and sound except with the presence of tawheed.

If all of the people were to abandon zinaa (fornication), intoxicants, stealing, and they took on every virtuous quality from deeds and behavior, but did not abandon shirk, there would be no benefit in these matters and it will not benefit them. Whereas, if the people were to remain free of shirk, but had major sins less than shirk, then there is hope for such a person that Allaah will either forgive him or punish him in accordance with the level of his sins. But his final destination will be to Paradise because he is a person of tawheed.

Tawheed is the fundamental basis and foundation. There is no salvation except with the presence of tawheed firstly. Therefore, it is obligatory to concentrate and always give attention to it and to call the people to it and to teach it to the people and to explain it to them, what is the meaning of tawheed and what is the meaning of shirk. The Muslim must be aware of this matter and attain certainty concerning it. He should check himself so that he does not fall into anything from shirk or infringe tawheed. This matter is essential and the da`wah must precede upon this basis.(1)


(1) Sharh Usool-ith-Thalaathah, Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan. Translated by Aboo Talhah Dawud Burbank -rahimahullaah.

Adh-Dhahabee said:

Trustworthiness is a portion of the deen (piety), and precision is included in proficiency; so what a haafidh really needs, is to be:

Fearful (of Allaah), intelligent, grammatical, a linguist, righteous, modest, Salafee, and it is sufficient enough for him to write two hundred volumes, and to gather five hundred reliable compilations (books), and not to become fatigued seeking knowledge until death, with sincerity and humility, otherwise let him not trouble himself.

Etiquette of Seeking Knowledge, Bakr Aboo Zayd

Question: What is the ruling on saying “shukran” to the one who rendered goodness to a person?

Shaykh Ahmad bin Yahyaa an-Najmee:

Whoever did that has abandoned that which is more superior, which is the saying, “Jazaak Allaahu khayran” (may Allaah reward you with good). And in Allaah lies success.

Ibn ‘Awn said:

Do not feel secure because of a great number of deeds for you do not know if they have been accepted or not. Do not feel secure about your sins for you do not know if they have been expiated or not. This is because all of your deeds are unseen to you and you have no idea what Allaah will do with them.’

  • Selected from: The Journey to Allaah, Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali

Bilaal bin Sa’d:

People of Taqwa! You were not created to perish, but to be transferred from one stage to another. You were transferred from (your father’s) loins to wombs, then from wombs to this life, then from this life to graves, then from graves to the Stand (Great Gathering on the Day of Resurrection) and then from the Stand to eternal dwelling, either in Paradise or the Fire.”

~ As-Siyar, vol. 5. p. 91

Fear Allaah and do well in your quest. None obtains that which is with Allaah except the obedient.

Allaah has ordained that the good life and success be realized in reaping the pleasure of Allaah.

Suffering, grief, and doubt are the outcome of earning the displeasure of Allaah.

~Sins & their Punishments, by Ibn Qayyim

Khulayd al-’Asari said:

“Every lover desires to meet His beloved, so love your Lord and travel to Him with a fine journey; neither arduous or lax. This journey will take the believer to His Lord and whoever does not know the path to his Lord will not traverse it and there is no difference between such a person and an animal.”

Abu Nu’aym, vol.2, p.232


Abu Al-Hasan Ali bin Ahmad said:

Deal with optional acts of worship as if they are obligatory, and acts of disobedience as if they are kufr (disbelief), and your desires as if they are poison, and socializing with the people as if it were fire, and nurturing of your soul as if it were medicine.”

Khilasat Al-Athaar, 3/401

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