Words Of Wisdom – Counsel In Two’s

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Words Of Wisdom – Counsel In Two’s


“Wisdom is the lost property of the believer. If he finds it then he is most deserving of it.”

[1] It has been narrated that the Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “There
are two traits, nothing is better than them: belief in Allah and bringing benefit to
the Muslims. And there are two traits, nothing is worse than them: associating
partners with Allah and bringing harm to the Muslims.”

[2] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “Sit with the scholars and listen to the speech of the wise,
for verily Allah the Exalted gives life to the dead heart
with the light of wisdom as he gives life to the dead soil with rainwater.”

[3] Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “He who enters the grave without
any provisions is as though he wishes to sail the sea without a ship.”

[4] `Umar ibn al-Khattab (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Honour in this world is in
wealth, and honour in the Hereafter is in righteous actions.”

[5] `Uthman ibn `Affan (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “Worrying about the dunya is a
darkness in the heart, while worrying about the Hereafter is a light in the heart.”

[6] `Ali ibn Abi Talib (radyAllahu`anhu) said, “The one who seeks after knowledge,
Paradise will seek after him; and the one who seeks after disobedience, the
Hellfire will seek after him.”

[7] Yahya ibn Mu`adh said, “An honourable person would never be disobedient
to Allah, and a wise person would never prefer the dunya over the Hereafter.”

[8] Al-A`mash said, “The one whose capital is God-consciousness (taqwa),
tongues will be incapable of describing the fortune that is his piety; and the one
whose capital is the dunya, tongues will be incapable of describing the magnitude
of his loss of piety.”

[9] Sufyan al-Thawri said, “Every act of disobedience committed due to passion,
its forgiveness is hoped for. Every act of disobedience committed due to
arrogance, its forgiveness is not hoped for because the root of Satan’s
disobedience was arrogance, whereas the root of Adam’s lapse was passion.”

[10] An ascetic once said, “The one who sins while laughing, Allah will make
him enter the Fire while crying. And the one who obeys while crying (out of fear
of Allah) Allah will make him enter Paradise while laughing.”

[11] A wise man said, “Do not belittle minor sins, for verily from them major sins
grow.”

[12] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “No sin remains minor when
accompanied by persistence, and no sin remains major when accompanied by the
seeking of forgiveness.”

[13] It is said, “The Gnostic (‘arif) occupies himself with praise [of Allah], while
the ascetic (zahid) occupies himself with supplication; because the Gnostic’s
concern is his Lord, while the ascetic’s concern is his own nafs.”

[14] An ascetic said, “Whoever is under the delusion that he has a closer friend
than Allah, little is his knowledge of Allah; and the one who is under the
delusion that he has a greater enemy than his nafs, little is his knowledge of his
nafs.”

[15] Abu Bakr al-Siddiq (radyAllahu`anhu) said regarding the Qur’anic verse,
‘Corruption has appeared on land and sea’ [30:41], “The land refers to the tongue and
the sea refers to the heart. If the tongue is corrupted people cry over it, and if the
heart is corrupted the angels cry over it.

[16] It is said, “Verily passion turns kings into slaves, and patience turns slaves
into kings… Do you not see the story of Yusuf and Zulaykha?”

[17] It is said, “Glad tidings to the one whose intellect is his master and whose
desire is his slave. And woe to the one whose desire is his master and whose
intellect is his slave.”

[18] It is also said, “The one who leaves sins, his heart will be softened; and the
one who leaves the forbidden and eats the lawful, his intellect will be
enlightened.”

[19] Allah revealed to one of the Prophets, “Obey me in that which I have
commanded you, and do not disobey me in that which I have advised you.”

[20] It is said, “The perfection of the intellect is in following the pleasure of Allah
and avoiding His wrath.”

[21] It is said, “There is no exile for the learned, and there is no homeland for the
ignorant.”

[22] It is said, “The one who is close to Allah due to his obedience will be a
stranger amongst people.”

[23] It is said, “The movement towards obedience is evidence of knowledge just
as the movement of the body is evidence of its vitality.”

[24] The Prophet (salAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “The root of all sins is love of
the dunya and the root of all tribulation sis withholding taxes and zakat.”

[25] It is said, “The one who admits his shortcomings is always praised, and
admitting shortcomings is a sign of acceptance [by Allah].”

[26] It is said, “Ingratitude for blessings is baseness and the company of a fool is
bad fortune.”

[27] A Poet said:
O he who is busy with his dunya!
Whom illusions of a long lifetime have deluded
Was he not in a state of heedlessness
Until his appointed time drew near?
Verily death arrives suddenly
And the Grave is the collection-box of actions
Be patient over the dunya and its hardships
No death is there except at one’s appointed time

[Preparing for the Day of Judgement – Imam Ibn Hajar Al-‘Asqalani]