Scholars العلماء

Ibn al-Mubarak on Anger: Good character is to abandon anger

February 22, 2018

Ibn Rajab reported: It was said to Ibn al-Mubarak, may Allah have mercy on him, “Summarize good character for us in a single sentence.” Ibn al-Mubarak said, “Leave aside anger.” Ibn Rajab said, “The same explanation was offered by Imam Ahmad and Ishaq ibn Rahawayh, that good character is to leave aside anger.” Source: Jāmi’ […]

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Umar on Women: The woman is right and the man is wrong

February 19, 2018

Abdur Rahman As-Salami reported: Umar ibn Al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Do not be excessive in the dowry of women.” A woman said, “It is no so, O Umar, for Allah said: And you gave one of them a great amount,” (4:20). Umar said, “Indeed, a woman has disputed Umar and she […]

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Malik on Divinity: The Attributes of Allah are known, the modality is unknown

January 27, 2018

Abdullah ibn Nafi’ reported: Malik, may Allah have mercy on him, was asked about the saying of Allah Almighty, ‘The Most Merciful rose above the Throne,’ (20:5), “How is his rising?” Malik said, “The rising is acknowledged, its modality is unknown, and asking about it is an innovation. I see you are a man who […]

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Abu Darda on Marriage: Husband and wife should try to please each other

January 21, 2018

Ibrahim ibn Adham reported: Abu Darda said to his wife Umm Darda, may Allah be pleased with both of them, “If I become angry, then try to please me. If you become angry, then I will try to please you. Were we not to act this way, how quickly would we be separated!” Source: Rawḍat […]

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Ayyub on Fatwa: The most ignorant people are quickest to issue verdicts

January 21, 2018

Sufyan ibn Uyaynah reported: Ayyub As-Sakhtiyani, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The most daring of people to issue religious verdicts are those with the least knowledge of the disagreements of the scholars. The most restrained of people from issuing religious verdicts are those with the most knowledge of the disagreements of the scholars.” […]

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Shafi’ee on Advice: Sincere advice is given in private, not public

January 21, 2018

Al-Muzanni reported: Ash-Shafi’ee, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Whoever admonishes his brother in private has been sincere to him and protected his reputation. Whoever admonishes him in public has humiliated him and betrayed him.” Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 13854 عن المزني قال الشافعي رحمه الله مَنْ وَعَظَ أَخَاهُ سِرًّا فَقَدْ نَصَحَهُ وَزَانَهُ وَمَنْ وَعَظَهُ […]

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Umair on Companions: I have not seen anyone easier than the companions

January 9, 2018

Ibn ‘Awn reported: Umair ibn Ishaq, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “I have met more companions of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, than anyone before me. I have not seen a people more lenient in living, nor less harsh than them.” Source: Sunan al-Dārimī 128 Grade: Hasan (fair) […]

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Yahya on Dunya: Worldly life is nothing to Allah, and should be nothing to you

December 14, 2017

Abdullah ibn Sahl reported: Yahya ibn Mu’adh, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The world has no worth to its Lord although he owns it, so it is not befitting for it to be worthwhile to you while you do not own it.” Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā 15031 عن عبد الله بن سهل قال يحيى […]

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Ibn As-Samak on Death: O Allah, I loved those who obeyed you even if I did not

December 6, 2017

Al-Ghazali reported: Ibn As-Samak, may Allah have mercy on him, said on his death bed, “O Allah, you know that if I disobeyed you, I still loved those who obeyed you. Make that a cause of nearness to you.” Source: Iḥyā’ ‘Ulūm al-Dīn 2/160 عن الغزالي وقال ابن السماك رحمه الله عند موته اللهم إنك تعلم […]

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Ubaidullah on Life: Prefer the Hereafter over the worldly life

November 29, 2017

Ahmad reported: Ubaidullah ibn Umair, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Give preference to the life with Allah Almighty over the life with people.” Source: al-Zuhd li-Aḥmad Ibn Ḥanbal 2224 عن أحمد قال عبيد الله بن عمير رحمه الله آثِرُوا الْحَيَاءَ مِنَ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى عَلَى الْحَيَاءِ مِنَ النَّاسِ 2224 الزهد لأحمد بن حنبل

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