A scholar must have seven distinguishing qualities

Imaam adh-Dhahabi 748 AH (the student of Ibn Taymeeyah) said: فالذي يحتاج إليه الحافظ أن يكون تقيا ذكيا نحويا لغويا زكيا حييا سلفيا “That which a scholar needs to be is: -Taqiyan [possess fear of Allah (taqwa)] -Dhakiyah [be intelligent] -Nahwiyan [firm in Arabic grammar] -Lugawiyan [firm in Arabic language] -Zakiyan [pure in action and/or intentions] -Hayiyan…

Woe to the learned one and woe to the ignorant one if…

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymeeyah 728AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, ﻭﻳﻞ ﻟﻠﻌﺎﻟﻢ ﺇﺫﺍ ﺳﻜﺖ ﻋﻦ ﺗﻌﻠﻴﻢ ﺍﻟﺠﺎﻫﻞ ﻭﻭﻳﻞ ﻟﻠﺠﺎﻫﻞ ﺇﺫﺍ ﻟﻢ ﻳﻘﺒﻞ . “ًWoe to the learned person if he is silent in teaching the ignorant one, and woe to the ignorant one if he does not accept.” Source: al-Mustadrik 2/281

Zuhd is to abandon praises

‘Abdur-Rahmaan al-Awzaa’ee 157 AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said: الزهد في الدنيا ترك المحمدة , تعمل العمل لا تريد أن يحمدك الناس عليه “Asceticism (Zuhd) in the worldly life is to abandon doing things for the sake of praise, and to perform deeds you do not want people to praise you for.” Source:…

O youth! Seek the Hereafter!

Hasan al-Basree 110 AH (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “O youth! Seek the Hereafter, for we often see people pursuing the Hereafter and finding it as well as the dunyah (worldly well being), but we have never seen anyone pursue the dunyah and gain the Hereafter as well as the dunyah.” Source: az-Zuhd al-Kabir…

The virtue of supplicating for someone while not in their presence

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymeeyah 728AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, دعاء الغائب للغائب أعظم إجابة من دعاء الحاضر لأنه أكمل إخلاصاً وأبعد عن الشرك “The supplication for one who is absent has a more tremendous response than the supplication while both are present (Or: than the supplication in ones presence) because this…

Cold winters are a reminder of Jahannam

al-Haafidh ibn Rajab al-Hanbali al-Baghdaadi 795 AH, may Allah have mercy on him, said: ومن فضائل الشتاء ؛ أنه يذكر بزمهرير جهنم ويوجب الإستعاذة منها “…and from the virtues of the winter is that it reminds (us) of the Zamharir (extreme bitter cold) of Jahannam and necessitates seeking refuge from it.” Source: Lataa’if al-Ma’aarif 1/332…

Narrate as long as you have their attention

‘Abdullah ibn al-Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said, حدث القوم ما رمقوك بأبصارهم, فاذا رأيت منهم فترة فانزع “Narrate (hadith etc.) to the audience as long as they glance at you with their eyes, and if you see slackness from them then halt” Source: al-Jaami’ lil Akhlaaq ar-Raawi 1/330  

Arabic is the symbol of Islaam

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymeeyah 728AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, اللسان العربي شعار الاسلام و أهله, و اللغات من أعظم شعائر الأمم التي بها يتميزون “The Arabic tongue is the symbol of Islaam and its people, and languages are of the most significant signs by which nations are distinguished.” Source: Iqtidaa as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem 1/462

The Day of Jumu’ah is like Ramadan

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzeeyah 751 AH (may Allah have mercy on him) said: يوم الجمعة يوم عبادة، وهو في الأيام كشهر رمضان في الشهور، وساعة الإجابة فيه كليلة القدر في رمضان “The Day of Jumu’ah is a day of worship. Jumu’ah to the other days (in the week) is like the month of Ramadan to the other…