Cure for bad memory

Abu ʿAbdillah Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi’ee 204 AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, شَكَوْتُ إِلَى وَكِيعٍ سُوءَ حِفْظِي… فَأَرْشَنِي إِلَى تَرْكِ الْمَعَاصِي  وَقَالَ بِأَنَّ الْعِلْمَ نُورٌ … وَنُورُ اللهِ لَا يُؤتَاهُ عَاصِي “I complained to Wakī’ of a deficiency in my ability to memorize ** So he instructed me to abandon sin And…

Don’t take knowledge from a fool

Imaam Maalik bin Anas 179 AH said, لا تأخذ العلم من سفيه معلن بالسفه وإن كان أروى الناس “Do not take knowledge from a fool who is known for his foolishness, even if he narrates more than anyone.” Jaami lil Akhlaq ar-Rawi wa Adab as-Saami’ 1/139

What will happen once the scholars are few?

‘Abdullah ibn al-Mas’ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said, كيف أنتم اذا لبستكم فتنة يهرم فيها الكبير و يربو فيها الصغير و يتخذها الناس سنة فاذا غيرت قالو غيرت السنة قالو و متى ذلك يا أبا عبد الرحمن قال اذا كثرت قراؤكم وقلت فقهاؤكم و كثرت أمراؤكم و قلت أمناؤكم و التمست الدنيا بعمل…

Preach to people in a way they can understand

‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (may Allah be please with him) said, حدثوا الناس بما يعرفون؛ أتريدون أن يُكَذَّب الله ورسوله؟ “You should preach to the people in a way that they can easily understand. Would you like that Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) be denied?” Collected by Imaam Bukhari in his book…

Beware the one who narrates everything he hears!

Imaam Maalik bin Anas 179 AH said to Ibn Wahb, لَمْ أَنَّهُ لَيْسَ يَسْلَمُ رَجُلٌ حَدَّثَ بِكُلِّ مَا سَمِعَ وَلاَ يَكُونُ إِمَامًا أَبَدًا وَهُوَ يُحَدِّثُ بِكُلِّ مَا سَمِعَ “Know that a man who relates everything he hears is not safe, and he can never be an Imām, as long as he narrates everything he hears.”…

Seeking knowledge requires sacrifice

al-Khateeb al-Bhagdaadi 463 AH narrates that some of the salaf said, لا ينال هذا العلم الا من عطل داكانه, و خرب بستانه, و هجر اخوانه, و مات أقرب أهله فلم يشهد جنازته “No one will attain this knowledge except one who shuts down his store, destroys his garden, abandons his brothers, and (when) his closest…

Opposing desires will gain you Allah’s shade

Ibn Qayyim al-Jawzeeyah 751 AH (may Allah have mercy on him) said: إذا تأمّلت السبعة الذين يظلهم الله في ظل عرشه يوم لا ظل إلا ظله وجدتهم إنما نالوا ذلك الظل بمخالفة الهوى. “If you contemplate about the seven whom Allaah will shade in the shade of His `Arsh wherein there is no shade but…

A message for those who reject Salafiyyah from Shaykhul Islaam

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymeeyah 728AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, فكل من أعرض عن الطريقة السلفية النبوية الشرعية الالهية فانه لا بد أن يضل و يتناقض و يبقى في الجهل المركب “So everyone who turns away from the divine legislative prophetic path (of the salaf), then it is a must for him…

Advise Your Brother in Private

Abu ʿAbdillah Muhammad ibn Idris ash-Shafi’ee 204 AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, من وعظ أخاه سراً ، فقد نصحه وزانه ومن وعظه علانية ، فقد فضحـه وخانـه “To admonish your brother in private is to advise him and improve him. But to admonish him publicly is to disgrace and shame him.” Taken…

Shaytaan is a retreating whisperer

Shaykhul Islaam Ahmad ibn Taymeeyah 728AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said, والشيطان وسواسٌ خناسٌ ، إذا ذكر العبدُ ربَّه خنس ، فإذا غفل عن ذكره وسوس “Shaytaan is a retreating whisperer (waswaas khannaas). If the slave remembers his Lord (Shaytaan) will retreat, and if the slave is forgetful (Shaytaan) will whisper.” Taken from:…