Gems From Our Salafs

This section of the website is dedicated to provide a collection of valuable gems (i.e. Quotes, sayings, narrations, etc.) from the lives of our righteous and pious predecessors (the salaf us-saaliheen) and all those noble Imaams and scholars from Ahlus-sunnah wal-Jama’ah who follow them untill the day of judgement. This section will be updated almost daily, Insha’Allah, so don’t forget to visit it.

We will be providing English translation of inspirational sayings, narrations, quotes and wisdoms from the lives of the salafs, those lofty souls, who spoke to give ascendancy to Islam and to please Allaah, The Most Merciful.

Imam ash-Shafi’ee (rahimahullaah) said in the following verses describing this world and its people,

“It is no more than a carcass, for which dogs compete to snatch away.
If you avoid it, they will not harm you, and if you snatch a piece away, they will struggle with you.”

[Kashf al-Khufaa’ of ash-Shaykh Isma’eel ibn Muhammad al-‘Ajalooni (1/40) and (1/410)]

Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah said, “Mutriq bin ‘Abdullaah used to supplicate to Allaah saying,

“O Lord! I seek Your forgiveness for the sins I do after I have given them up; and seek Your forgiveness for the commitments I promised to You, but could not fulfill; and seek Your forgiveness from whatever deed I claimed to have done just for the sake of You, but my heart meant something else to you.””

[Hilyatul-Awliyaa (2/207)]

al-Hasan (May Allaah be pleased with him) said,

“I have not looked with my eyes, nor pronounced with my tongue, nor beaten with my hand, nor risen to my feet until I see whether it is for obedience or disobedience. If it is out of obedience, then I proceed, and if for disobedience, I hold back.”

[al-Wara’ li-Ibn Abee Dunya (1/116, no. 195)]

Al-Muzany said:

“Each day created by Allaah says, “O son of Adam, make use of me. You may not live another day.” Each night created by Allaah says, “O son of Adam, make use of me. You may not live another night.”

[Hilyatul-Awliyaa (7/330)]

Muhammad bin al-Hanafiyyah said:

“Allaah made Paradise the price of yourselves. Never sell them for other than paradise.”

[Hilyatul-Awliyaa (3/177)]

Imam ash-Shafi’ee (rahimahullaah) said:

“I have not been full (completely filled my stomach) for 16 years because fullness results in laziness, witlessness, and sleepiness. In addition, it weakens one’s ability to worship.”

[Hilyatul-Awliyaa (9/127)]

Abu Bakr bin ‘Ayyash said:

“Once when I was a youth, a man said to me, ‘Save your neck from the punishment of the Hereafter as much as you can. The prisoner of the Hereafter will never be released.’”
Abu Bakr bin ‘Ayyash said, “By Allaah, I have never forgotten it (his words) after that.”

[Hilyatul-Awliyaa (8/304)]

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“Rather, wealth should be viewed just like the toilet, in that you have need for it and resort to it when necessary, but it has no place in your heart.”

[Majmoo’ al-Fatawa (10/663)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“When there is money in your hand and not in your heart, it will not harm you even if it is a lot; and when it is in your heart, it will harm you even if there is none in your hands.”

[Madaarij al-Saalikeen, 1/463]

Shaykh Saalih ibn al-Fawzaan al-Fawzaan (hafidhaullaah) said:

“Knowledge is joined to action and action is the fruit of knowledge. So knowledge without action is like a tree without fruit; there is no benefit in it. And knowledge was sent down to bring about action.”

[Sharh al-Usool ith-Thalaathah]

Shaykh Saalih ibn al-Fawzaan al-Fawzaan (hafidhaullaah) said:

“Knowledge cannot be acquired except through learning, and learning requires care and attention, and effort, and time, and it requires understanding, and it requires attentiveness of the heart – this is learning.”

[Sharh al-Usool ith-Thalaathah]

Ahnaf Ibn Qays said:

“Preserve your gatherings from the mention of women and food [i.e., mentioning of his desires] for indeed I hate a man who describes his private parts and his stomach.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (4/94)]

Ayyoob as-Sakhtiyaanee (rahimahullaah) said:

“From the success of a youth or a non-Arab is that Allah guides him to a Scholar of the Sunnah.”

[Sharh Usoolil-I’tiqaad, (no.30)]

al-Junayd said:

“A person is not to be blamed for his nature. Rather, he is to be blamed if he acts according to his nature.”

[Hilyatul-Awliyaa (10/287)]

Sufyaan ath-Thawree (rahimahullah) said:

“There isn’t a single hadith of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) that has reached me except that I acted upon it, even if only once.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (7/184)]

al-Hakeem al-Tirmidhi said:

“The rectitude of five lie in five: The rectitude of a child lies in the study-room. The rectitude of a youth lies in (seeking and acquiring) knowledge. The rectitude of the mature, middle-aged man lies in the masjid. The rectitude of a woman is in her house. And the rectitude of one who harms others is in the prison.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (13/441)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“As for the five things that corrupt the heart, they are those that are referred to: mixing too much with people, wishful thinking, being attached to anything other than Allaah, eating one’s fill, and sleeping. These five are the greatest corrupters of the heart.”

[Madaarij al-Saalikeen, 1/453]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Whatever Allaah has decreed for His believing slave is a blessing even if that is in the form of withholding; it is a favour even if that is in the form of a trial, and the calamity decreed by him is fair even if it us painful.”

[Madaarij al-Saalikeen, 4/215]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Between the eyes and the heart there is a connection which means that the one is affected by the other, and if one of them becomes good, the other will also become good, and if one becomes corrupt the other will become corrupt. If the heart becomes corrupt the gaze will become corrupt, and if the gaze become corrupt the heart will become corrupt, and similarly if one is sound the other will also be sound.”

[Al-Jawaab al-Kaafee of Ibn al-Qayyim (p.125)]

Ibn ul-Jawzi (rahimahullah) said:

“The most virtuous of affairs is to increase in knowledge, for indeed the one who limits himself to what he knows and considers it sufficient will become opinionated; and exalting himself will become an obstacle for him in benefiting and his error will become clarified for him through revision. And it may be that he was exalted within himself and was not bold enough to repel it.”

[Saydul-Khaatir (81)]

Abu ad-Dardaa (radiallaahu anhu) said:

“Everyone falls short of his wisdom and knowledge sometimes. If this life brought him an increase in money, he becomes happy and elated. Meanwhile, the nights and the days keep decreasing his life term, but he does not become sad on account of this decrease. What good will the increases in wealth bring, when the life-term is ever decreasing?”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (19/483)]

Sufyaan Ibn ’Uyaynah (rahimahullah) said:

“Whoever seeks knowledge then he has pledged allegiance to Allaah.”

[Madaarij al-Saalikeen, 2/470]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“If your aim is piety, other aims are never missed.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 79]

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“The sign of the people of bid’ah is that they do not follow the salaf.”

[Majmoo’ al-Fatawa (4/155)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The road to Allaah is free from those who have doubt, and those who give in to their lusts. It is full of those having certainty and patience. They are like guideposts along the road.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 86]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Whenever our knowledge of Allaah is perfect, we will love Him more perfectly. Therefore the perfection of blessing and pleasure in Hereafter can be traced back to knowledge and love.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 83]

Yahyah Ibn Ma’een (rahimahullah) said:

“I have not seen someone like Imam Ahmad; we accompanied him for fifty years and he never boasted to us about anything of good he was upon.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (11/214)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“If the blaze of revenge is derived from the blaze of wrath (anger), the wrathful will burn first.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 77]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“If you indulge in pleasure, you are gambling with your life.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 65]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Sins are wounds and one wound may cause death.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 65]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Return to Allah and seek Him in your eye, ear, heart and tongue and do not forget to seek Him in these four ways. Whoever obeys Him is doing so concerning these four and whoever does not, is also doing so by means of these four.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 60]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The land of nature is wide and accepts whatever is going to be planted in it. If you plant a tree of faith and piety, it will give the sweetness of the Hereafter and if you plant a tree of ignorance and desire, it will give bitter fruit.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 60]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Generosity is one of the Attributes of Allah (Exalted be He); He gives and does not take; He feeds and is not fed; and He is the Most Generous One. The most beloved to Him is whoever acquires the same traits; He is Generous and He loves the generous; He is Knowledgeable and He loves the knowledgeable; He is Powerful and He loves the courageous; and He is Beautiful and He loves beauty.”

[al-Wabil as-Sayyib p. 43]

Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahullah) said:

“It was said to Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah): ‘May Allaah reward you for the good you have (done) for Islaam.’ He said: ‘Rather, Allaah has (done) good for me through Islaam. Who am I, and what am I?’”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (11/225)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The most precious reward during life is to busy yourself with most suitable and useful matters in their exact and suitable time.
How can he be rational who sells Paradise and what is in it, for one hour of passing pleasure?”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 55]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Losing time is harder than death, as losing time keeps you away from Allah and the Hereafter, while death keeps you away from the worldly life and your people.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 55]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The servant has a veil between him and Allah and another one between him and the people. Whoever tore this veil between him and Allah, Allah will tear the veil between him and the people.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 54]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Feeling powerless is a deceptive excuse.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 76]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Afflictions are but trials by which the faithful are distinguished from the unfaithful, and if you were to succeed therein, they would be turned to supporters by which you could attain your objective.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 71]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“It was said to al-Hasan : People that did good deeds preceded us (likened to those who are riding good horses) while we are as if riding donkeys. He said, ‘If you are walking on the right way, you will catch up with them quickly.’”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 68]

Sufyaan ath-Thawree (rahimahullah) said:

“Verily, when Allah withholds, He actually gives, because He did not withhold on account of miserliness or stinginess, but rather He looked at the benefit of the servant. So the fact that He withheld is actually His choice for the servant and His excellent decision.”

[Madaarij al-Saalikeen, 2/215]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Everyone will pass through times of sleep and neglect (following his lusts), but do not sink into sleep as the morning of the hereafter is close at hand.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 66]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Optional knowledge is better than the excellence of extra and optional worship. This is because the benefit of knowledge is general, it benefits its possessor and it benefits the rest of the people as well. Whereas the benefit of worship is particular to the person who does that worship.
Also because with the scholar, his benefit and knowledge remains after his death. Whereas worship is cut off from him at his death.”

[Miftaah daaris Sa’aadah, 1/120]

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullah) said:

“If a people have intelligence and acumen [the ability to make good judgments and quick decisions] and they have piety and good behavior, that does not necessarily imply true happiness unless it is accompanied by belief in Allah, the One. The strength of intelligence is like the strength of the body. The people of thought and knowledge are like kings and rulers. None of any of that is beneficial unless it is accompanied by worshipping Allah alone, without any partner.”

[Muallifaat al-Shaikh al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab, vol. 7, p. 223]

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullah) said:

“What is the worth of the religion to you? What is Allah’s pleasure and Paradise worth to you? What is Allah’s Hell and wrath worth to you? Flee with your religion, for Paradise and Hell are in front of you.”

[Abdul-Mushin ibn Baaz in Rasaail al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdil-Wahhaab al-Shakhsiyyah: Diraasah Daawiyyah, vol. 1, pp. 126-127]

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullah) said:

“It is a must that the caller to the path of Allah calls in the way that is best—save with respect to those who go beyond the limits. Allah even ordered His two messengers Moses and Aaron to say kind words to the Pharaoh so that he may reflect or have fear of Allah.”

[Muallifaat al-Shaikh al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab, vol. 7, p. 250-251]

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullah) said:

“First, do not be hasty. Do not speak except after verification for lying is abundant. Second, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to know the individual hypocrites but he would accept their outward deeds and leave their inward aspects to Allah.”

[Muallifaat al-Shaikh al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab, vol. 7, p. 285]

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullah) said:

“If you mean that you want me to remain silent in the presence of disbelief and hypocrisy… you should not make such a request. And there is no obedience to anyone in a matter of disobedience to Allah.”

[Muallifaat al-Shaikh al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab, vol. 7, p. 319]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“Glorified be Allaah! Your outward self is adorned with the raiment of righteousness while your inward self submits to vain desires, so wherever your raiments is scented, the impact of vain desires emerge, from which the sincere believers divert themselves,and to which the wrong-doers are inclined.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 108]

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullah) said:

“If the truth is with them [that is, his opponents] or if we have some truth and some falsehood or we have gone to an extreme in some matter, then it is obligatory upon you to point it out and to advise us and to show us the statements of the people of knowledge. Perhaps, through you, Allaah will guide us back to the truth.”

[Muallifaat al-Shaikh al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab, vol. 7, p. 301]

‘Awn ibn ‘Abdullaah said:

“Associate with, and keep the company of those who are forgiving and merciful [to others], for indeed they are the most soft and tender hearted of people.”

[Al-Hilyah, 6/249]

Imam Ahmad ibn Hambal (rahimahullah) said:

“I never wrote a single hadith except that I acted upon it, to the point that I came across a report that the Prophet (peace be upon him) got cupped and gave Abu Taybah (his cupper) a dinar. So, I got cupped and gave the cupper a dinar.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (9/457)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“‘Whosoever desires to purify his heart, then let him prefer Allah to his desires.’
He also said:
‘The sinner does not care about whether he angers his Lord or not, all he cares about is satisfying his lusts and desires.’”

[Ighaath Al-Lahafaan, P.44]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad (rahimahullah) said:

“A servant does not reach (taste, acquire) the reality of eemaan until he considers tribulation (calamity) to be a blessing and comfort (opulence) to be a calamity, and until he loves not that he should be praised for worship of Allaah.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (8/434)]

Abu ad-Dardaa (radiallaahu anhu) said:

“Three things I love but the people hate: Poverty, illness and death. I love poverty out of humility to my Lord, and death out of fondness (of meeting) my Lord, and illness as expiation for my sin.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (2/349)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“If bid’ah only consisted of Lies, then it would not have been accepted and everybody would even hurry to condemn it and refute it. And if it only consisted of Haqq (truth), then it would not have been a Bid’ah, rather, in agreement with the Sunnah, but it (Bid’ah) consist of both truth and lies in which the truth is clothed with lies.”

[as-Sawaa’iq al-Mursalah (3/925)]

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“What can my enemies do to me? I have in my breast both my heaven and my garden. If I travel they are with me, never leaving me. Imprisonment for me is a chance to be alone with my Lord. To be killed is martyrdom and to be exiled from my land is a spiritual journey”

[al-Wabil as-Sayyib p. 69]

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“Sins are like chains and locks preventing their perpetrator from roaming the vast garden of tawhid and reaping the fruits of righteous actions.”

[Majmoo’ al-Fatawa (14/49)]

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“The one who is [truly] imprisoned is the one whose heart is imprisoned from Allah and the captivated one is the one whose desires have enslaved him.”

[al-Wabil as-Sayyib p. 69]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“He who remembers the consequence of sins, surely patience will become easy for him.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 106]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“O you who wasted his strength without reserve! And transgressed in his illness without a shield! And who has no patience to repent! Do not deny the approach of destruction, for illness will cause corruption!
If you were to follow the divine remedy so as to cure yourself, by having a shield from vain desires and lusts you would have found salvation! Unfortunately, lust blinded your insight, to the extent that you think salvation means to abandon the promise of Allaah in return for vain desires! What blind insight you have! It makes you impatient for one hour, then you bare disgrace forever!
You travel seeking this worldly life despite its transient nature and you neglect to prepare for your journey to the hereafter despite its eternity!
If you find a man, who is buying something worthless in return for something precious, and is selling something priceless in return for something of no value, verily he is a fool.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 104]

Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhaab (rahimahullah) said:

“I-and all praises be to Allah alone-am not calling to a Sufi, fiqh or theological school. Nor am I calling to any of the Imams that I greatly respect, such as ibn al-Qayyim, al-Dhahabi, ibn Katheer and others. Instead, I am calling to Allah alone, who has no partners, and I am calling to the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) which he advised the first and the last of his nation to follow. And I hope that I never reject any truth that should come to me. In fact, I call to witness Allah, His angels and all of His creation that if any word of truth should come to me from him [Referring to Abdullah ibn Isa, who and his son, greatly harmed him] I should then accept it upon the head and eye [i.e. with a complete submission] and I should completely discard any statement from my Imams that contradicts it—save for [my Imam] the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) who only spoke the truth.”

[Muallifaat al-Shaikh al-Imaam Muhammad ibn Abdul-Wahhaab, vol. 7, p. 252]

Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said about Imam ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah),

“Allah knows, I have never seen anyone who had a better life than his. Despite the difficulties and all that expunges comfort and luxury, nay, things completely opposite to them; despite imprisonment, intimidation and oppression, ibn Taymiyyah had a purer life than anyone could. He was the most generous, the strongest of heart and the most joyful of souls, with the radiance of bliss in his face.
When we were seized with fear and our thoughts turned negative, and the earth grew narrow for us, we would go to him. No sooner did we look at him and hear his words, all these feelings would leave us to be replaced by relief, strength, certainty and tranquility.”

[al-Wabil as-Sayyib p. 69]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“O you who spends his lifetime in disobeying his Lord! No one amongst your enemies is wicked to you than you are to yourself.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 107]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“By Allaah! The enemy did not wrong you except after the Lord abandoned you, so do not think that Shaytaan overpowers you, it is just the Maintainer (i.e. Allaah) who has forsaken you.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 108]

Yahya ibn Muadh said:

“The life of this world is the wine of Shaytan, and whoever is intoxicated by it only wakes up once he is amongst the hordes of the dead, lamenting among the losers.”

[Quoted in the book “The Purification of the Soul” p. 142]

Imam Adh Dhahabee (rahimahullah) said:

“That which a scholar needs to be is:
-Taqiyan (have taqwah)
-Thakiyah (have intelligence)
-Nahwiyan (firm in Arabic grammar)
-Lugawiyan (firm in Arabic language)
-Zakiyan (pure in action and/or intentions)
-Hayiyan (shy)
-Salafiyan (follow the way of the Salaf As Saleh)….”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (13/380)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“There is no harder punishment than when the servant has a cruel heart and moves away from Allaah. Hellfire was created to melt such cruel hearts. The most remote heart from Allaah is the cruel one. If the heart was cruel, the eye will never shed tears. Cruelty of the heart is caused by increasing four things over and above one’s needs: excessive food, sleep, talk, and socializing. When the body is sick, food and drink is no use to it. Likewise when the heart is ill because of desires, advice is useless.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 156]

Ibn ‘Aqeel al-Hanbali said:

“It is not permissible for me to waste an hour of my life even when my tongue is not busy with memorizing or debating with others, or my eyes are not busy in reading. I would think even when I am resting or relaxing, so I would not get up without an idea to write down.
I limit the time I spend eating as much as I can, to such an extent that I choose a few crumbs and follow it with water rather than bread, because bread takes more time to chew, so as to save my time for reading or writing down some useful ideas. The best thing for the wise man to save, is time.”

[Salaah al-Ummah (4/169-175)]

Imam al-Barbahaaree (rahimahullah) said:

“Beware of small innovations, because they grow and become large. This was the case with every innovation introduced into this Ummah.
It started as something small, bearing a resemblance to the truth, which is why those who entered into it were misled, and then were unable to leave it. So it grew and it became the religion which they followed, so they deviated from the Straight Path and thus left Islaam.
May Allaah have mercy upon you! Examine carefully the speech of everyone you hear from, in your time particularly.
So do not act in haste, nor enter into anything from it, until you ask and see: Did any of the Companions of the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam speak abou t it, or any of the (early) Scholars?
So if you find a narration from them about it, cling to it and do not go beyond it for anything, nor give precedence to anything over it and thus fall into the Fire.”

[Sharh us-Sunnah (no. 8) of Imam al-Barbahaaree]

Imam al-Hasan al-Basree (rahimahullah) said:

“If there was a man who reached the first Salaf (Pious Predecessor), then this man was raised up today, he would not recognise anything of Islaam.” And al-Hasan put his hand on his cheek and said: “Except for this prayer.”
Then he said: “Then how is it – by Allaah – for one who lives in this bad time, not having reached the Salafus-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). So he sees an innovator calling to his innovation, and a worldly person calling to the world. But Allaah protects him from that and makes his heart lean towards those Salafus-Saalih, asking about their way, seeking their narrations and following their path. Allaah will recompense him with a great reward. So be like that if Allaah wills.”

[Related by Ibn Waddah in al-Bida’ wan-Nabee ‘Anhaa (p.74)]

Imam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“The Imaams of the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah, and the people of knowledge and eemaan (faith) have in them ‘adl (justice), ‘ilm (knowledge) and rahmah (mercy), and they know the truth which conforms to the Sunnah and which is free from innovations.
They do justice to those who depart from the Sunnah and the Jamaa’ah, even if they have been wronged, just as Allaah – the Most High – said: “O you who believe!! Stand out firmly for Allaah and be witnesses, and do not let the hatred of others swerve you away from doing justice. But be just! That is closer to taqwaa (piety).” [Soorah al-Maa’idah 5:8].
Likewise, they are merciful to the creation; desiring for them goodness guidance and knowledge. They never intend for them any harm or evil. Rather, when they criticise them and explain to them their error, ignorance or wrong-doing, then their purpose in doing so is only to clarify the truth, and to be merciful to the creation, to enjoin the good and forbid the evil, and to make the word of Allaah uppermost so that the way of life becomes purely for Allaah.”

[Radd ‘alal-Bakree (p.256)]

Yoonus Ibn ‘Ubayd said:

“How amazing is the one who calls to the sunnah today! And what is even more amazing than him is the one who answers the call to the Sunnah!”

[Sharh us-Sunnah (no. 127) of Imam al-Barbahaaree]

‘Abdullaah ibn Maslamah al-Qa’nabee said:

“We used to sit with Imaam Maalik and take from his manners and conduct, just as we would take from his knowledge.”

[The likes of this has been related by adh-Dhahabee in Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (3/285)]

Hassaan ibn ‘Atiyyah (rahimahullah) said:

“No people introduce an innovation into their religion, except that its like from the Sunnah is ripped away from them.”

[ad-Daarimee (1/45)]

Ibn al-Mubaarak (rahimahullah) said:

“How many deeds few in number have become many by way of the niyyah (intention) and how many deeds great in number have been made insignificant due to a (faulty) intention.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (8/400)]

Imam al-Hasan al-Basree (rahimahullah) said:

“When Imam al-Hasan al-Basree (rahimahullah), came across a group of people disputing, he said:
‘These ones have become tired of worship, speaking has become easy for them, and their piety has diminished, and that is why they talk.’”

[Az-Zuhd of Imaam Ahmad, p. 272]

Sufyaan Ibn ’Uyaynah (rahimahullah) said:

“He whose sin is due to desire, then have hope for him; and he whose sin is due to pride, then fear for him. Because Adam (alayhis-salaam) sinned due to desire, and he was forgiven; and Iblis sinned due to pride, and he was cursed.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (8/471)]

Al-Imaam Al-Awzaa’ee (rahimahullah) said:

“We used to joke and laugh but when people began to immitate us, I feared to even smile.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (7/132)]

Imam Maalik Ibn Anas (rahimahullah) said:

“The shield of the scholar is saying, ‘I do not know.’ So if he forgets it, then his enemies strike him!”

[Hilyatul-Awliyaa (6/323)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The beneficial gift is a statement a man gifts to his Muslim brother.”

[Ar-Risaalah at-Tabukiyyah, vol. 1, p. 74]

Ahmad Ibn ‘Aasim said:

“Surely, this is the easy prey, clean up the rest of your life and you will be forgiven for your past.”

[Az-Zuhd Al-Kabeer, p. 228]

Abul Minhaal said:

“There can’t possibly be a better neighbour for the slave in his grave than abundant istighfaar.”

[Az-Zuhd of Imaam Ahmad, p. 396]

Bishr ibn Al-Haarith said:

“O Allaah. If you have made me famous to expose me on the day of judgement, then strip it away from me.”

[Az-Zuhd Al-Kabeer, p. 147]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“How many people have caused misery to their own children, the apples of their eyes, in this world and in the Hereafter, by neglecting them, not disciplining them, encouraging them to follow their whims and desires, thinking that they were honouring them when they were in fact humiliating them, that they were being merciful to them when in fact they were wronging them.
They have not benefited from having a child, and they have made the child lose his share in this world and in the Hereafter.
If you think about the corruption of children you will see that in most cases it is because of the parents.”

[Tuhfat al-Mawlood, p. 146]

Mu’adh ibn Jabal (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) said:

“Ahead of you are times of trials (fitan) in which there will be much wealth and in which the Qur’an will be opened and taken (read) by believers and hypocrites, men and women, young and old and freemen and slaves. At that time it is likely that there will be people who will say, “Why aren’t the people following me when I have read the Qur’an? They will not follow me until I invent something else.” So, beware of everything that is innovated (in religion), for those things that are innovated are misguidance.”

[Ibn Waddah, Al-Bida’ p. 62, Al-Lalaka’i, Sharh Usool I’tiqad Ahl-al-Sunnah wa Al-Jama’ah Vol. 1 p. 125 and others]

Al-Bayhaqi (rahimahullah) said:

“It is reported that the son of Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad (rahimahullah) said to his father:
Father! How sweet (beautiful) the speech of the Companions is! [Al-Fudayl] said, “Son, do you know why it was so sweet?” He replied, “No father, I do not.” He said, ‘Because they sought Allaah the Exalted when they spoke.’”

[Shu’ab Al-Iman 2:299]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad (rahimahullah) said:

“Whosoever is saddened by loneliness and feels tranquil around the people, is not safe from Riyaa.”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (8/436)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The sea of pleasures may drown its owner and the swimmer fears to open his eyes under the water.”

[al-Fawaaid (English Translation), page 66]

Abdu Allaah bin Al-Mu’taz said:

“The knowledge of a hypocrite is in his speech, while the knowledge of a believer is in his actions.”

[Iqtidaa-u al’ilmi al’amal, 38]

Yoonus As-Sadafi’ said:

“I have never seen a wiser man than Ash-Shafi`ee, I was arguing with him one day about an issue and I left him. One day, he met me, held my hand and said: ‘Cannot we be brothers, even if we disagree about something’?”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (10/16)]

Luqman al-Hakim said:

“O my son! The dunya (world) is a deep ocean in which many have drowned! Let your ship be taqwallah (fear of Allah), and load your ship with imaan-bellah (believe in Allah), and let her sail be tawakkal (trust) on Allaah! Hopefully you will survive then.”

[Kitaab Dham Ad-Dunya, 1/91]

Abu Bakr Ibn ‘Ayyaash said:

“If a dirham fell and got lost from one of them, he would spend his entire day saying, ‘Verily to Allaah we belong, my dirham is lost!‘ But he wouldn’t say, ‘My day has gone by and I haven’t accomplished anything!‘”

[Al-Hilyah, 8/303]

Fudayl Ibn ‘Iyaad (rahimahullah) said to ‘Aasim Al-Ahwal:

“O you! Do not allow the people’s great number of people to busy you, for indeed the final affair will only be about you besides them.
Beware of wasting your day here and there, for surely this is counted against you, and I have not seen anything more beautiful in seeking or faster in catching than a new good deed for an old bad deed.”

[Al-Hilyah, 3/102]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The servant has two standings in front of Allaah. A standing in front of Him during the prayer and a standing in front of Him on the Day of meeting with Him. Whoever stood for the first standing, giving its due right, the other meeting will become easier for him. And whoever took this standing lightly and did not perform it with its due right, the other standing will become hard and severe for him.”

[al-Fawaaid, page 258]

Abdul Waahid Ibn Safwaan said:

“Once we were with Hasan in a funeral so he said:
‘May Allaah have mercy on a man who works deeds for the likes of this day. For surely, today you have the ability to work deeds the likes of which your brothers in these graves don’t. So take advantage of good health and free time before the great terror and reckoning comes.’”

[Qisarul Aml, p.141]

Ahmad ibn Yoonus al-Yarbu’I said:

“Fudha’la Ibn Ubaid advised us saying: ‘If you can learn and not be known, do that; if you can listen and not talk, do that; and if you can sit and acquire knowledge from others, do that.’”

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (3/116)]

Abu ad-Dardaa (radiallaahu anhu) said:

“It is from the fiqh (understanding of a person) that he [chooses] those whom he walks with, whom he enters upon (visits) and whom he sits with.”

[Al-Ibaanah 2/477]

Busr Ibn Abee Rahm Al-Juhanee said:

“Nothing should be less significant in your eyes than worldly gain, for worldly gain comes to those who think little of it. Do not incline towards it, for it will run away from you and mislead you.”

[Taareekh At-Tabaree, 4/359]

Abu Hazim al-Ashja’i (rahimahullah) said:

“The scholars of our time have been content with speech and with no practise! The Salaf used to practice but not speak. After them the people practised and spoke being followed by a people who spoke but did not practice. There will come a time when people will not speak nor practise.”

[From the Characteristics of the Salaf]

Imam ash-Shaafi’ee (rahimahullah) said:

“I complained to Wakee’ about the poorness of my memory. So he directed me to abandon disobedience. And informed me that the knowledge of Allaah is light. And that the light of Allaah is not given to the disobedient.”

[Al-Jawaab al-Kaafee of Ibn al-Qayyim (p.104)]

Imaam Maalik said to Imaam ash-Shaafi’ee (may Allaah have mercy on them both):

“I see that Allaah has placed light in your heart so do not extinguish it with the darkness of disobedience.”

[Al-Jawaab al-Kaafee of Ibn al-Qayyim (p.104)]

Imam al-Hasan al-Basree (rahimahullah) said:

“O son of Aadam! Sell your current life for your latter life, and you will win both. Do not sell your latter life for this life, for you will lose them both. The period of stay is short, and the righteous ones went away before you, so what are you waiting for? Do you wait your turn? By Allah, it is about to come, and then the latter ones will join the former ones amongst you.”

[At-Tabseerah, vol. 1, p.368]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The groaning of the sinners (due to repentance) is more beloved to Allaah than the tasbeeh of the conceited. It may be that by means of this sin, Allaah has caused him to drink the medicine that will cure a fatal disease which you also have, but you do not realize it.”

[Madaarij al-Saalikeen, 1/177, 178]

Ibn ul-Jawzi (rahimahullah) said:

“By Allaah, one should implement what he knows for it is indeed the greatest foundation. And the miskeen (poor) , the true miskeen is the one who wasted his life learning that which he does not practice, thus he looses the pleasures of the dunyaa (world) and the goodness of the akhirah (hereafter), coming forth bankrupt (on the Day of Judgment) with strong evidences against himself.”

[Saydul-Khaatir (138)]

Abu ‘Aasim an-Nabeel said:

“I witnessed Sufyaan ath-Thawree and a youth from the people of knowledge was present at his gathering, and he was behaving as if he were the head of the gathering, speaking out, showing his importance by the knowledge over those: older than him. So Sufyaan became angry and said, ‘The Salaf were not like this. One of them had not used to claim leadership, nor would he sit at the head of a gathering until he had sought this knowledge for thirty years. But you give yourself importance over those older than you. Get up and leave me, and I do not want to see you near my gathering.”
He said, “And I heard Sufyaan ath-Thawree say, ‘If you see a youth speaking out in the presence of the Shaikhs, even if he has reached a level of knowledge, then despair of his being good, because he has little shame.

[Reported by al-Bayhaqee in Al-Madkhal ilas-Sunanil-Kubraa’, (no. 679)]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“O you of little resolve! Where do you stand upon this path? Aadam found it difficult and Nuh lamented because of it, while Allaah’s Khaleel, Ibraaheem, was thrown into a pit of fire due to it. Isma’eel was lying upon his side ready to be sacrificed for its sake, and while upon it Yusuf was sold for a cheap price then falsely cast into prison for many years. Zakariyah was sawn in half, and Yahya was slaughtered due to it. Ayyub suffered great distress, while Dawood cried copiously, and ‘Isaa cured the wretched poor of their diseases and walked with wild beasts due to it. And how many, how many forms of difficulty and hardship did the Messenger Muhammad face while proceeding upon it – yet you live through amusements and distractions!”

[al-Fawaaid, page 41]

Imam Ibn ul-Qayyim (rahimahullah) said:

“The heart’s safety and soundness cannot be perfected, absolutely, until it is secure from five things:
(a) From shirk which nullifies tawheed
(b) From innovation which opposes the Sunnah
(c) From a desire/lust that opposes the command (of Allaah)
(d) From heedlessness that contradicts remembrance (of Him)
(e) From a desire that nullifies purity and sincerity (in intent and purpose)
These five are barriers to Allaah and beneath each of them are many other categories that contain unique issues which cannot be enumerated.”

[Al-Jawaab al-Kaafee (1/176)]

Abu Hazim al-Ashja’i (rahimahullah) said:

“If you find yourself in a time when speech is accepted as knowledge and knowledge is accepted as deeds [instead of putting it into practice], then you are in the worst time and with the worst people.”

[Abu Bakr Al-Daynuri, Al-Mujalasah wa Jawahir Al-‘Ilm 4:338]

When Imam Ahmad (rahimahullah) would walk in the streets, he would walk amongst the laborers so that nobody would point to him out of respect, and so that the people would think him to just be another laborer, and would therefore not point to him out of respect.

[Siyar A’laam an-Nubalaa (9/465)]

Hamdoon Al-Qassaar was asked:

“Why is the speech of the Salaf more beneficial than ours?’ He replied: ‘This is because they spoke to give ascendancy to Islam and to please The Most Merciful; whereas we speak to give ascendancy to ourselves, to seek after the worldly life and please the creation.”

[Safwatus Safwah: 2/122]

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