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Speech

March 15, 2008

Abul Qaasim al-Qushayri said in his famous Risaalah,

“Remaining silent is salvation, and that is a fundamental principle. And staying quiet at the proper time is a characteristic of manhood, just as speaking when it is proper to speak is from the most honorable of matters .”

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hardship as a blessing

March 15, 2008

“In our view, a person does not have an understanding of the religion until he thinks of a hardship as being a blessing, and a comfort and luxury as being a hardship.”

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O you who are turned away

March 13, 2008

 “O you who are turned away, O you who are deprived of meeting your loved ones, if you want to know how you stand before the king, then look at how you are spending your time and what work you are assigned to do. How many people stand at the door of the king, but no one enters except the one whom he cares for. Not every heart is fit to draw close, not every heart can be filled with love, not every wind is like the morning breeze.”

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Naseehah

March 13, 2008

“Support me with your advice in private, and avoid advising me in public. Surely giving advice among the people is a kind of reproach, which I would rather not listen to. If you disobey and ignore my wish, don’t be saddened if you are not obeyed.” 

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increase it in length…

March 13, 2008

It is reported from Ibrahim an-Nakha’ee that he said:

“When Shaytaan comes to you whilst you are engaged in prayer and says “You are showing off”, increase it in length”.

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Since I understood four things…

March 13, 2008

Since I understood four things, I have discarded all other knowledge.

  1. First, that my daily sustenance has already been apportioned to me and will neither increase nor decrease by my futile efforts, so I strive to increase it no more.
  2. Second, I alone and no one else can atone for my sins, so I devote myself to the Lord.
  3. Third, I know that I will never be able to escape death, which is in our pursuit, so I have prepared myself to meet him.
  4. Fourth, I know that God is observing me; therefore I restrain from doing what I must not do.”

    Imam Haatim al-Asamm

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true believer should rely on patience

March 13, 2008

He who acts without knowledge causes more corruption than good, and he who does not consider his speech to be part of his actions sins repeatedly. Satisfaction is scarce, and the true believer should rely on patience. Allah never bestowed a blessing upon one of His servants and then took it away from him, giving him patience in return for that which was taken away, except that the replacement was better than what was taken away from him.”

Then he recited the following verse:

“Surely the patient will be paid their wages in full without reckoning.” [39:10]

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