The Famous Fake

It is reported that Ibrāhīm b. Adham – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

A person has not been true to Allāh, the mighty and sublime, if he loves recognition (fame).

Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, Al-Zuhd article 2240.

Remembering Your Sins

It is reported that Masrūq – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

Everyone should have times when they sit alone, remember their sins, and thus seek [Allāh’s] forgiveness for them.

Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, Al-Zuhd article 2038.

Benefiting from Happiness and Sadness

It is reported that ʿIkrimah – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

Everyone gets happy and gets sad, but you should turn your happiness into gratitude (to Allāh) and your sadness into patience (ṣabr).

Ibn Kathīr, Tafsir of Al-Ḥadīd: 23.

Minding What You Say

It is reported that Yūnus b. ʿUbayd – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

There is no one who is mindful of what he says except that you will see the good of it in the rest of his actions.

Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Al-Ṣamt wa Ādāb Al-Lisān article 60.

Changing Colours

It is reported that Ḥudhayfah b. Al-Yamān – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

True misguidance is that you approve now what you used to repudiate before (because it was wrong) and repudiate now what you used to approve before; and be aware of changing colours in the religion, for the religion of Allāh is one.

Ibn Baṭṭah, Al-Ibānatu Al-Kubrā ḥadīth 25, and others.

It is reported that ʿAdī b. Ḥātim – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

You will remain upon good as long as you do not start approving of what you used to repudiate and as long as you do not repudiate what you used to know (to be right), and as long as your scholar can speak amongst you without fear.

Op. cit. ḥadīth 26.