Then do remember Me; I will remember you. Be grateful to Me; and do not deny My favours.


Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi said: 


“Know that not everyone is suitable to be your friend. You must verify that this potential friend has the necessary characteristics that make friendship with him something to be desired. The one you seek to befriend must have five characteristics:

  • He must be intelligent, as there is no good in befriending an idiot, as he will only harm you when he wants to benefit you. By intelligent, we mean one who understands things as they are, either on his own, or if they are explained to him;
  • He must have good manners, and this is a must. One who is simply intelligent might be overcome by anger or desire, and obey his desire. Thus, there would be no benefit in befriending him;
  • He must not be a faasiq, as such a person would not fear Allaah, and whoever does not fear Allaah cannot be trusted;
  • He must not be an innovator, as his abundance of innovation is feared from befriending him;
  • He should not be eager for the dunya.”

['Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasidin'; p. 126-132]


Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

“Know that the greatest of losses is for you to be preoccupied with one who will bring you nothing but a loss in your time with Allaah – the Mighty and Majestic – and being cut off from Him, a wasting your time with the person, a weakening of your energy, and the dispersing of your resolve. So, if you are tested with this – and you must be tested with this – deal with him according to how Allaah would wish, and be patient with him as much as possible. Get closer to Allaah and His Pleasure by way of this person, and make your getting together with him something to benefit from, not something to incur a loss from. Be with him as if you are a man who is on a road who was stopped by another man, who then asks you to take him on your journey. Make sure that you are the one who gives him a ride, and that he is not the one giving you the ride. If he refuses, and there is nothing to gain from traveling with him, do not stop for him, bid him farewell, and do not even turn back to look at him, as he is a highway robber, regardless of who he really is. So, save your heart, be wary of how you spend your days and nights, and do not let the Sun set before you arrive at your destination. “

[Al-Wabil As-Sayyib; p. 45]

And Shaytan (Satan) will say when the matter has been decided: “Verily, Allaah promised you a promise of truth. And I too promised you, but I betrayed you. I had no authority over you except that I called you, so you responded to me. So blame me not, but blame yourselves. I cannot help you, nor can you help me. I deny your former act in associating me (Satan) as a partner with Allaah (by obeying me in the life of the world). Verily, there is a painful torment for the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.).”


The righteous will die,
And the wicked will die…
The warriors who fight Jihaad will die…
And those who sit at home will die
Those who busy themselves with correct belief will die,
And those who treat the people as their slaves will die…
The brave who reject injustice will die…
And the cowards who cling on to this life at any price will die…
The people of great concern and lofty goals will die,
And the wretched people who only live for cheap enjoyment will die.

Kulu nafsin daa iqatul mawt.

Everyone shall taste death….

It is reported that Jundub b. ‘Abdillah Al-Bajali – Allaah be pleased with him – was once asked for advice and instruction. He said:

I advise you to fear Allaah and obey Him (taqwa) and I advise you to adhere to the Quraan, for it is a light in the dark night and a guidance during the day, so implement it no matter how much struggle and poverty you have to face. If a calamity befalls you, put your wealth forward to protect your religion, and if the calamity continues, put forward your wealth and your life to save your religion [but never risk your religion], for the ruined is he whose religion is ruined, and the looted is he whose religion is taken. And know that there is no poverty after Paradise, and no riches after the Fire.

Al-Dhahabi, Siyar A’lam Al-Nubala` 3:174.

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