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

Hassan Al-Basree (rahimahullaah) said:

“Those who were before you used to often consider the nearness of death. One of them would often take water for purity, fulfill the call of nature and perform ablution, fearing that Allaah’s Command (death) might come to him while he is not in a state of purity.”


~ Az-Zuhd, by ‘Abdullaah bin Al-Mubarak, p99

Hassan Al-Basree said:

“I met some people who would not feel elation at anything that they earn in this life, nor grieve for anything in it that they do not acquire.”


~ Az-Zuhd, by Imaam Ahmad p230

In the name of Allaah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

قالَ الشيخُ ابن القَيِّم رَحِمَهُ اللهُ فِي “عُدَّةِ الصَّابِرينَ”:

In his book titled Uddatu as-Saabireen i.e. “Material for Patience,” Shaykh Ibn Ul-Qayyim said:

كَانَ الحسَنُ البَصْرِي رَحِمَهُ اللهُ، إِذَا ابتدأَ حَدِيثَهُ يَقُولُ:

Hassan Ul-Basree, rahimahullaah, used to begin his talks and sermons by saying:

الْحَمْدُ لِلَّهِ، الَّلهُمَّ رَبَّنَا لَكَ الحَمْدُ بِما خَلَقْتَنَا وَرَزَقْتَنَا، وَهديْتَنَـا وَعَلَّمْتَنَـا، وَأَنْقَذْتَنـا، وَفَرَّجْتَ عَنَّا

“Praise be to Allaah. O Allaah, our Lord, praise be to You for creating and sustaining us, for guiding and teaching us, and for salvaging and relieving us.

لَكَ الحَمْدُ بالإيمان، وَلَكَ الْحَمْدُ بِـالأَهلِ وَالمَـالِ وَالمعَافَاةِ.

Praise be to You for the blessing of faith, and praise be to You for the blessing of Islaam. And praise be to You for the blessing of the Qur’aan. Praise be to You for the blessings of kinship, wealth and safety.

كَبَتَّ عَدُوَّنَا. وَبَسَطْت رِزْقَنَـا، وَأَظْهَرْتَ أُمَّـتَـنا، وَجَمَعْتَ فُرْقَتنَا، وَأَحْسـَنْتَ مُعَافَاتنَا. وَمِنْ كُلِّ مـا سـَأَلْنَاكَ رَبَّنَا أَعْطَيْتَنَا.

It is You, O Lord, Who have suppressed our enemies and increased our provision. You have caused our (Muslim) nation to assume a position of prominence, salvaged us from dispersion, blessed us with freedom from ills, and given us all the bounties we asked for.

فَلَكَ الحَمْدُ عَلى ذَلِكَ حَمْدًا كَثِيرًا.

Thus, all praise is due to You for all that.

لَكَ الحَمْدُ بِكُلِّ نِعْمَةٍ أَنْعَمْتَ بِهَا عَلَيْنَا فِي قَدِيمٍ أَوْ حَدِيث، أَوْ سِرِّ أَوْ عَلاَنيَة، أَوْ خَاصَّةٍ أَوْ عَامَّةٍ، أَحَىٍّ أَوْ مَيِّتٍ، أَوْ شَاهِدٍ أَوْغَائِبٍ..

Praise be to You, O Allaah, for whatever bounties and blessings You have bestowed upon us, whether those bounties and blessings are old or new, visible or invisible, private or general, and whether those bounties and blessings have reached the ones amongst us who are alive or the ones who are dead, the ones who are present or the ones who are absent.

لَكَ الحَمْدُ حَتَّ تَرْضى، وَلَكَ الحَمْدُ إذَا رَضِيتَ

Praise be to You until You are satisfied. And praise be to You when you are satisfied.

وَصلَّى اللهُ عَلَى نَبِيِّنـا مُحَمَّدٍ وَعَلَى آلِهِ وَصَحْبِهِ وَسَلَّمَ

And may Allaah bestow His peace, prayers and blessing upon our Prophet Muhammad (salallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam) and his kin and companions.”

And who is better in speech than he who invites to Allaah, does righteous good deeds and says, I am one of the Muslims.

(Suraah Fussilaat: 33)

Al-Hassan al-Basree said explaining this verse, “This is the beloved of Allaah, this is the close friend of Allaah, this is the chosen one of Allaah, this is the most beloved of all the people of earth to Allaah. He responded to the call of Allaah and called mankind to that to which he had responded. He did righteous good deeds in response to it and said, ‘I am one of the Muslims.’ This is Allaah’s khaleefah.”

Authentically reported in Tafseer ibn Kathir

Hassan Al-Basree said:

I never gazed with my eyes, spoke with my tongue, used my hand or stood on my feet but after contemplating if it was in obedience or disobedience of Allaah. If it is in obedience, I would move forward. Otherwise, I would take a step back.”

Jaami’ul Al-Uloomi wal-Hikaam

Hassan Al Basree said:

We laugh and yet – who knows? – perhaps Allaah has looked at some of our works and said: “I will not accept anything from you.” Woe to you, son of Aadam! Can you fight Allaah? Whoever disobeys Allaah is fighting Him. By Allaah! I have met seventy veterans of Badr. Most of their garments were wool. Had you seen them you would have said they are crazy, and had they seen the best among you they would have said: “Those people will have no part in the Hereafter.”

Had they seen the worst among you they would have said: “Those people do not believe in the Day of Reckoning.” I have seen people for whom this world was cheaper than the dust under their feet. I have seen people the like of whom would come home at night, not finding more than his own portion of food, and yet say: “I shall not put all of this into my belly. I shall certainly give some away for Allaah’s sake.” Then he would give away some of his food in charity, even if he were more in need of it than its recipient.

Narrated from `Alqama ibn Marthad by Abu Nu`aym in Hilya al-Awliya’ (1985 ed. 2:134).


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