The Cure for Death

A man once asked Ka’b, “Which illness cannot be treated?” “Death”, he replied. The son of Zayd b. Aslam [d136H] said:

My father said, “There is one treatment for death: gaining the pleasure of Allah ‘azza wa jall.”

Ibn Abî Al-Dunyâ in Dhikr Al-Mawt no. 418.

A Realistic Faith

Al-Hasan Al-Basrî – Allah have mercy on him – said:

Faith (îmân) is not by embellishment or wishful thinking, but it is what settles in the heart and is verified through your works. Whoever says good but does not do good will have his words compared to his deeds by Allah. Whoever says good and does good will have his words raised by his deeds. This is because Allah ‘azza wa jalla said:

To Him ascends the good word, and the righteous deed raises it. [Sûrah Fâtir: 10]

Ibn Battah in Al-Ibânah Al-Kubrâ Vol. 3 p120, and Al-Khatîb Al-Baghdâdî in Iqtidâ’ Al-‘Ilm Al-‘Amal no.56.

Respect for Hadîth

Ma’n b. ‘Îsa Al-Qazzâz reports:

Whenever Mâlik b. Anas – Allah have mercy on him – would sit to narrate hadîth he would bath and perfume himself. If anyone raised his voice in the gathering [Imâm Mâlik] would reprimand him and say, “Lower your voice, for Allah tabâraka wa ta’âlâ said:

O Believers! Do not raise your voices over that of the Prophet [Sûrah Al-Hujarât: 2]

Whoever raises his voice over the sound of the hadîth of Allah’s Messenger – peace and blessing be upon him, then it is as if he is raising his voice over that of the Prophet – peace and blessings be upon him.”

Nasr b. Ibrâhîm Al-Maqdisî in Mukhtasar Al-Hujjah ‘alâ Târik Al-Mahajjah Vol.1 p121.

Who speaks Wisdom?

Abû ‘Uthmân Sa’îd b. Ismâ’îl Al-Naysâbûrî (d290H) said:

Whoever governs himself by the Sunnah – in word and deed – will speak with wisdom. But whoever governs himself according to his own desires will speak heresies (bid’ah); because Allah tabâraka wa ta’âlâ said:

And if you obey him (the Messenger) you will be guided. [Sûrah Al-Nûr: 54]

Abû Nu’aym in Al-Hilyah Vol.10 p244, and others.

After mentioning this and other similar narrations Shaykh Al-Islâm Ibn Taymîyah said (Minhâj Al-Sunnah Vol.5 p117):

It is as they said, for if a person does not follow what the Messenger came with he will act according to his own wishes. Thus he will be one who follows his desires without guidance from Allah.

If only this was in fashion

‘Urwah b. Al-Zubayr – Allah have mercy on him – said:

‘Â’ishah – Allah be pleased with her – gave seventy thousand (dirham) in charity, while her own skirt used to be patched.

‘Abdullah b. Mubârak in Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqâ’iq Vol. 1 p588, no.705.