"A great many people proceed towards evils on account of receipt of blessings, many people are ruined by praise, and many a man is deceived by Allah's protection (in concealing vices)."
-Ibn Mas'ud (ra)
Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (ra) narrated that the Holy Prophet (saw) said: "Do a lot of remembrance of Allah until they say, 'He is mad.'" (Ahmad) (Abu Ya'la) (Ibn Hibban)
It is impossible to begin to learn that which one thinks one already knows.
"O writer! An Angel watches over all you write. Make your writing meaningful for it will eventually return to you and you will be questioned about what you wrote."
-Hazrat Ali ibn Abu Talib (ra)
"There is no excuse for anyone going astray thinking that he is upon guidance. Nor for abandoning guidance thinking it to be misguidance, since the affairs have been made clear, the proof established and the excuse cut off."
-Hazrat 'Umar ibn al-Khattab (ra) (Ibn Battah "al-lbaantul-Kubraa" #162)
"The Jamaa'ah is what accords to the truth, even if you are alone."
-Hazrat 'Abdullaah ibn Mas'ood (ra) (Sharh Usool I'tiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah - al-Laalikaaee)
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Allah disapproves of the following six: 1) wanton eyes; 2) a lying tongue; 3) hands that hurt the innocent; 4) hearts that hatch evil plans; 5) feet that hasten towards sin; 6) the witness who gives false testimony
He who holds his tongue is wise.
The pious plants a fruit tree and dreads that it may bear thorns instead; the hypocrite sows the seeds of thorns and hopes that these will grow into sweet dates.
Avoid absolutely the mischievous women; Beware of even those that are good-natured.
The heart is enlightened that holds no love for things of the world; Darkened is the heart that holds no love for the people of the world.
Silence is a prayer withour labor; awe without domination; a castle without battlements; victory without weapons; rest for the guardian angels; a fortress for the pious; a characteristic of the meek; the rulers use it to overawe their subjects; a treasurehouse of wisdom; and it is the only answer to the queries of the ignorant.
Quite often delay in marriage leads to fornication and the burden of curse falls upon the parents.
The foundation that will not meet destruction is justice; bitterness the end of which is sweet, is patience; sweetness the end of which is bitterness is lust; illness that is incurable is a curse.
Headache is never cured by wearing a crown.
The elders are pleased by obedience, the equals by politeness, the youngsters with affection and sympathy, and the envious are pleased when the others are deprived of favors.
Be not so soft, as to be easily squeezed; not so dry as to be easily broken.
Water extinguishes fire, but the umbrella protects one from the sun.
A beautiful and virtuous woman is the perfect handiwork of God Almighty; she is the true light and glory of the angels; she is a miracle in the world and a rare thing on earth.
The modern generation may fly in the air; may communicate wirelessly; may benefit from nuclear power; but is devoid of the art of bringing up children on right lines.
Peace: It is another name for diplomacy between wars.
Ever since man took on the shape of a woman, she has been chasing after him.
Pride is the enemy of knowledge; anger is the enemy of wisdom; greed is the enemy of patience.
Four virtues rank above all: forgiveness while in anger; piety in seclusion; munificence in poverty; humility in spite of possessing power.
Eight things never rest content: 1) Eye from seeing; 2) Earth from rain water; 3) Woman from man; 4) The scholar from knowledge; 5) The petitioner from begging; 6) The greedy from hoarding wealth; 7) The river from holding water; 8) Fire without wood.
A maxim of Hazrat Fatima (ra): Two virtues distinguish a woman: 1) She should not permit herself to be seen by a stranger; 2) She should avoid seeing a stranger.
Look for four qualities in a woman: 1) Goodness of heart; 2) modest appearance; 3) sweet tongue; 4) busy hands.
Your salvation lies in keeping away from the company of women, even though you do not indulge in fornication; To stand on the path which serves as a passage for women is a sin too.
In this world poetry is but a lament; music is but a melancholy strain; light nothing else but an elusive hope.
He who compromises with the world becomes its prisoner.
Welcome death like a labourer when he is released from work.
To guard your faith while going through the world is like protecting a full glass of water from spilling even a single drop while crossing through a carnival; You have no opportunity to look around.
The sufi (pious) is one who sees a unique phenomenon in the voices of the animals, in every lament and song, in the twittering of the sparrows; in the scent of flowers; in the wavering of green plants, in the brilliance of gems, in the glare of the sun, in the colour of trees, in the glass... and in the rock. In harmony of the string and drum, in the hard core of the stone, in prosperity and misfortune, in the softness of the soil, in the heat of the fire, in the flow of the river, in the stars of the sky, in the rising hill, in the desert and the green pasture and in the spring and autumn the reflections of an unseen Reality.
The days of eloquence have gone by and those who were capable of using a sweet tongue have passed away. This is the age of licence, not of propriety. This is an ambiguous age; an age of conflict and an age in which things belonging to others are wrongfully expropriated.
We have dead souls but living passions and desires.
Action without sincerity is like knowledge without practice.
Faith laid on a weak foundation is never firm. But a structure on sound foundation can always be repaired when decayed.