The strangeness whose possessors were praised

So, this strangeness does not result in any loneliness for its possessor. In fact, he is as happy and sociable as can be when he abandons the deviant people, and as lonely as can be when he socializes with them.

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Let them label you as a sectarian for following the truth

If the people as a whole are ignoring the truth, one has to adhere to the truth, even though it will make him appear as an outsider or a “sectarian.”
Know first that if the truth shines forth and is clear, it is not harmed by the large numbers who oppose it and the small numbers who agree with it.

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Segregating men and women in Family Visits

Man is naturally gregarious and sociable; he needs friends and friendships entail visiting one another. When there are visits between families, we should block the path of evil by not mixing. One of the indications that mixing is haraam is the aayah (interpretation of the meaning): “And when you ask his wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and for their hearts”...

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Sit at the feet of your shaykh, and watch his lips!

Pen in hand. Book or text on your lap. Material previewed before the lesson. Your notes reviewed with a good student after the lesson. There is no safety net! You must get that knowledge at that sitting, or you will miss it! This approach is many times more effective than attending to record the lecture.

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Company of Idle Folk

I have met many people who do not know the meaning of life. Allaah has made some of them independent of means because they have a great deal of wealth, so they sit in the marketplace for most of the day, watching people, and they may see a great deal of evil deeds and objectionable things.

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