Advice to Implement in our Lives…

15 01 2008

Here are some short but beautiful and inshaAllah extremely beneficial tips on deen and dunya:

Extensive Hope: an Extreme…

It is reported from ‘Ali bin Abi Taalib – RadiaAllahu ‘Anh – that he said:

“The thing I fear for you most is following desires and having extensive hopes (about this worldly life). Following one’s desires blocks you from the truth, and having extensive hopes makes you forget the hereafter. Verily, this worldly life is departing and the hereafter is approaching and each of them has its children. So be children of the hereafter, not children of this world, for today there are (opportunities to do) deeds and there is no reckoning, but tomorrow there will be reckoning and no deeds.”

Quoted by Al-Bukhaari, As-Saheeh, The Book of Raqaa’iq without the first sentence. Reported in its entirety by Abu Nu’aym, Hilyat Al-Awliyaa 1/40, and others.

Al-Haafidh Ibn Hajar states in Fath Al-Baari:

“Extensive hopes (about this worldly life) give rise to lethargy when it comes to acts of obedience, procrastinating with repentance, desire for worldly things, forgetfulness of the hereafter and hardness of the heart because the softness of the heart and its purity only comes about by remembering death, the grave, reward and punishment, and the horrors of the hereafter… If one remembers death, he strives to do acts of obedience, his worries decrease and he is satisfied with less.”

Understand then Respond…

Yahyaa ibn Khaalid (rahimahullah) said:

“Do not respond to anyone until you have understood their words, For that will cause you to respond to what they have not said, and thus confirm your own ignorance. Rather you must understand his speech properly. So when you understand him, then respond. And do not rush to answer before asking for clarity. And do not be shy to seek clarity when you do not understand. For verily answering before understanding is sheer idiocy! So if you do not know before asking, then ask! Then it will come to you. Your questioning and seeking clarity is more praiseworthy and better for you then being silent and incapable of expressing yourself!”

[Jaami’ Bayaan al-Ilm wa Fadlihi #1001]




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