Two struggles in Ramadan: Fasting and Praying

al-Haafidh ibn Rajab al-Hanbali al-Baghdaadi 795 AH, may Allah have mercy on him, said: اعلم أن المؤمن يجتمع له في شهر رمضان جهادان لنفسه جهاد بالنهار على الصيام و جهاد بالليل على القيام فمن جمع بين هذين الجهادين و وفى بحقوقهما و صبر عليهما وفى أجره بغير حساب “Know, that the believer in the month…

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…

The companions were…

‘Abdullah ibn al-Mas’ood said about the companions (may Allah be pleased with them all): أنهم أبر الأمة قلوبا, و أعمقها علوما, و أقلها تكلفا “They have the most pious of hearts from the Ummah, they are the most profound in knowledge and the fewest in speech.” Source: Ibn Rajab’s book, “Fadl ‘ilm Salaf ala ‘ilm…

Knowledge is what comes from the companions

Abdur-Rahmaan al-Awzaa’ee 157 AH (May Allah have mercy on him) said: العلم ما جاء به أصحاب محمد صل الله عليه و سلم فما كان غير ذلك فليس بعلم “Knowledge is what comes from the companions Muhammad peace be upon him, so whatever is other than that is not knowledge” Taken from: Ibn Rajab’s “Fadl ilm…

Never praise yourself!

‘Umar bin al-Khattaab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: من قال: انه عالم فهو جاهل, و من قال: انه مؤمن فهو كافر, و من قال: انه في الجنة فهو في النار “Whoever says he is an alim (learned person) then he is ignorant, and whoever says he is a believer then he is a…