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    One of the Awliya of Allah, Azza wa Jall, said:

    A sufi is not a sufi unless,
    were everything that is in him
    to be exposed
    on a plate in the marketplace,
    he would not be ashamed of anything
    that came to light.'

    Imam alHaddad, Rahmat Allahi Tala alayhima, said:

    If you cannot make
    your inward better
    than your outward,
    the least that you can do
    is to make them equal,
    so that,
    you behave equally well privately
    and publicly
    in obeying
    God's injunctions,

    avoiding
    His prohibitions,
    respecting
    what He has made sacred,
    and
    hastening to please Him.

    This is the frst step
    a servant takes on the path....

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    Know that you will never
    attain to the performing of obligations,
    the avoiding of the prohibited things,
    and the performance of the supererogarory acts
    that He has laid down for
    you to draw nearer to Him,
    save through knowledge.
    Seek it then! [3]

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    Know that a religious man
    is not likely to do anything
    which is itself illicit
    such as eating forbidden animals
    or wrongfully appropriating
    other people's money by coercion,
    injustice, theft, or pillage,
    for these usually proceed from hard
    oppressive men
    and rebellious demons.[4]

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    [1] The Book of Assistance.
    [2] ibid.
    [3] ibid.
    [4] ibid.
     
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    Imam Ibn Rajab [رحمه الله] said:

    ❝Seeking forgiveness is a seal for all righteous deeds.
    It seals the prayer, Hajj, Qayyam Al-Layl the night prayer and it seals gatherings.
    Therefore, if it was a Remembrance of Allaah then it is like putting a stamp of seal on it and if there were mistakes and deficiencies then it would be an expiation for it.
    Likewise it is befitting to complete the month of Ramadan with seeking forgiveness.

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    Imam ;Umar ibn 'Abd alAziz [رحمه الله] wrote to the different regions commanding them to complete Ramadan with seeking forgiveness and giving Sadaqa Al-Fitr. Indeed Sadaqa Al-Fitr is purification for the fasting person from mistakes and evil deeds and seeking forgiveness patches that which is torn from the fast due to mistakes and evil deeds.
    This is why some of the previous scholars said: 'Indeed Sadaqa Al-Fitr for the fasting person is like performing the two Sajdas for forgetfulness for the prayer.'

    Malik reported: Sa’id ibn al-Musayyib, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Whoever attends Isha prayer on the Laylat Qadr has taken his share of reward from it.”

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    Imam Sa`id bin alMusayyib (Ra) said performing the Friday Prayer is “more beloved to me than a supererogatory (voluntary) Hajj.”
    Imam Hasan Al-Basri (Ra) said: “Your proceeding to fulfil the need a fellow Muslim is better for you than one Haj after another!”
     
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    And Shaytan will say
    when the matter has been decided:
    "Verily,
    Allah promised you a promise of truth.
    And I too promised you,
    but I betrayed you.
    I had no authority over you
    except that I called you,
    and you responded to me.
    So blame me not,
    but blame yourselves.
    I cannot help you,
    nor can you help me.
    I deny your former act
    in associating me (Shaytan)
    as a partner with Allah
    (by obeying me in the life of the world).
    Verily, there is a painful torment
    for the wrongdoers.''

    Imam Fakhr alDin alRazi, alShafi'i:

    هذه الآية تدل على أن الشيطان الأصلي هو النفس وذلك لأن الشيطان بين أنه ما أتى إلا بالوسوسة فلولا الميل الحاصل بسبب الشهوة والغضب والوهم والخيال لم يكن لوسوسته تأثير ألبتة

    This verse shows that the original Satan is the ego (nafs).

    For Satan makes clear that it is only by means of insinuation (waswasah) that he is able to reach the soul.

    Had it not been for an already present disposition due to lusts, anger, superstition, or fanciful ideas, these insinuations would have had no effect at all. [1]

    Imam 'Imad alDin ibn Kathir al-Shafi'i



    ﴿إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَعَدَكُمْ وَعْدَ الْحَقِّ﴾


    `(Verily, Allah promised you a promise of truth.)

    by the words of His Messengers that if you follow them,

    you will gain safety and deliverance.

    Truly, Allah's promise was true and correct news, while I promised you then betrayed you.'

    Allah said in another Ayah,



    ﴿يَعِدُهُمْ وَيُمَنِّيهِمْ وَمَا يَعِدُهُمْ الشَّيْطَـنُ إِلاَّ غُرُوراً ﴾


    (He (Shaytan) makes promises to them,
    and arouses in them false desires;
    and Shaytan's promises are nothing but deceptions.) 4:120



    ﴿وَمَا كَانَ لِىَ عَلَيْكُمْ مِّن سُلْطَـنٍ﴾


    (I had no authority over you)

    Shaytan will say, `I had no proof for what I called you to,
    nor evidence for what I promised you,



    ﴿إِلاَّ أَن دَعَوْتُكُمْ فَاسْتَجَبْتُمْ لِى﴾


    (except that I called you, and you responded to me.)

    even though the Messengers establish the proof
    and unequivocal evidences against you
    and affirmed the truth of what they were sent to you with.
    But you disobeyed the Messengers and ended up earning this fate,


    ﴿فَلاَ تَلُومُونِى﴾


    (So blame me not,) today,



    ﴿وَلُومُواْ أَنفُسَكُمْ﴾


    (but blame yourselves.),

    because it is your fault for defying the proofs
    and following me in the falsehood that I called you to.'

    Shaytan will say next,



    ﴿مَّآ أَنَاْ بِمُصْرِخِكُمْ﴾


    (I cannot help you),

    I cannot benefit, save,
    or deliver you from what you are suffering,



    ﴿وَمَآ أَنتُمْ بِمُصْرِخِىَّ﴾


    (nor can you help me.),

    nor can you save me and deliver me
    from the torment and punishment I am suffering,



    ﴿إِنِّى كَفَرْتُ بِمَآ أَشْرَكْتُمُونِ مِن قَبْلُ﴾


    (I deny your former act of associating me (Shaytan) as a partner with Allah.)

    or because you associated me with Allah before,'
    according to Qatadah. Ibn Jarir commented;
    "I deny being a partner with Allah, the Exalted and Most Honored.''
    This opinion is the most plausible, for Allah said in other Ayat,



    ﴿وَمَنْ أَضَلُّ مِمَّن يَدْعُو مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ مَن لاَّ يَسْتَجِيبُ لَهُ إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَـمَةِ وَهُمْ عَن دُعَآئِهِمْ غَـفِلُونَ - وَإِذَا حُشِرَ النَّاسُ كَانُواْ لَهُمْ أَعْدَآءً وَكَانُواْ بِعِبَادَتِهِمْ كَـفِرِينَ ﴾


    (And who is more astray than one who calls on others besides Allah,
    such as will not answer him till the Day of Resurrection,
    and who are (even) unaware of their calls to them
    And when mankind are gathered,
    they will become their enemies and will deny their worshipping.) 46:5-6 and,



    ﴿كَلاَّ سَيَكْفُرُونَ بِعِبَـدَتِهِمْ وَيَكُونُونَ عَلَيْهِمْ ضِدّاً ﴾


    (Nay, but they (the so-called gods) will deny their worship of them,
    and become opponents to them.)19:82

    Allah said next,



    ﴿إِنَّ الظَّـلِمِينَ﴾


    (Verily, the wrongdoers),

    who deviate from truth and follow falsehood,
    will earn a painful torment.
    It appears that this part of the Ayah
    narrates the speech that Shaytan will deliver to
    the people of the Fire after they enter it, as we stated.
    `Amir Ash-Sha`bi said, "On the Day of Resurrection,
    two speakers will address the people.
    Allah the Exalted will say to `Isa, son of Maryam,
    (alayhima alsalawatu wasalam)



    ﴿أَءَنتَ قُلتَ لِلنَّاسِ اتَّخِذُونِى وَأُمِّىَ إِلَـهَيْنِ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ﴾


    (Did you say unto men:
    "Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allah'') 5:116 until,



    ﴿قَالَ اللَّهُ هَـذَا يَوْمُ يَنفَعُ الصَّـدِقِينَ صِدْقُهُمْ﴾


    (Allah will say: "This is a Day on which the truthful will profit from their truth.'') 5:119

    Shaytan, may Allah curse him, will stand and address the people,



    ﴿وَمَا كَانَ لِىَ عَلَيْكُمْ مِّن سُلْطَـنٍ إِلاَّ أَن دَعَوْتُكُمْ فَاسْتَجَبْتُمْ لِى﴾


    (I had no authority over you except that I called you,
    and you responded to me.)

    Allah next mentioned the final destination of the miserable ones,
    who earned the disgrace and torment and having to listen to Shaytan address them,
    then He mentioned the final destination of the happy ones,..[2]

    Imam Ibrahim alTaymi ;

    O Allaah!

    Protect me through your religion

    and the Sunnah of your Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم )

    from differing about the truth,

    and from following desires

    and the paths of misguidance,

    and from the Shubuhaat al-Umoor

    –the affairs that are made to resemble truth

    but are falsehood in reality,

    and from deviation

    and (blameworthy) argumentation.” [3]


    A man in front of Sayyiduna Imam ;Umar ibn alKhattab, (رضي الله عنه), was saying,

    “O Allah, make me among the few.”

    Umar said, “What is this supplication?”

    The man said,

    “I heard Allah say: And few of My servants are grateful, (34:13).

    So I call upon Allah to make me among these few.” Umar said, “All of the people know better than Umar!”[4]



    Imam alAhnaf ibn alQays,
    the paradigm of clemency (hilm),
    was once asked,

    ‘What is the best thing
    a servant of Allah can be given?’

    ‘Intellect,’
    he replied. ‘

    And if he is not given it?’

    ‘Then prolonged silence.’

    ‘And if he is not given it?’

    ‘Then a virtuous etiquette.’ ‘

    And if he is not given it?’ ‘

    Then a harmonious companion.’

    ‘And if he is not given it?’ ‘

    Then a fortunate condition.’

    ‘And if he is not given it?’

    ‘Then an immediate death.’ [5]


    Sayyiduna Imam 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, (رضي الله عنه), said:

    "Carry out the obligatory duties [Fard Ayn]

    for the pleasure of Allah

    and Allah will surely lead you straight to Paradise [Jannah]." [6]

    Sayyiduna Imam 'Ali (رضي الله عنه), reported
    regarding the Companions (Sahabah) رضی اللہ عنھم,

    “If Allah was mentioned they swayed the way trees sway on a windy day…” [7]

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    [1] Tafsir alRazi 14:22.
    [2] Tafsir alQuran alAdhim.
    [3] Kitaab Al-Itisaam of Imaam Ash-Shaatibee (rahimahullaah) page: 57.
    [4] Imam Ibrahim alTaymi reported, Ibn Abī Shaybah 29514,
    [5] Abu’l-Hasan Ibn Ja`dūyah, “Mir’āt al-Murū’āt”
    [6] [Tarikh] Imam al-Tabari, 5/458
    [7] Abu Nu`aym, alHilya
     
  4. izz al-Din

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    Imam 'Imad alDin ibn Kathir alShafi'i (رحمه الله):

    Allah says,

    وَمَا هُوَ بِقَوۡلِ شَيۡطَـٰنٍ۬ رَّجِيمٍ۬

    (And it is not the word of the outcast Shaytan.)

    meaning, this Qur'an is not the statement of an outcast Shaytan.
    This means that he is not able to produce it,
    nor is it befitting of him to do so.

    This is as Allah says,

    وَمَا تَنَزَّلَتۡ بِهِ ٱلشَّيَـٰطِينُ • وَمَا يَنۢبَغِى لَهُمۡ وَمَا يَسۡتَطِيعُونَ • إِنَّهُمۡ عَنِ ٱلسَّمۡعِ لَمَعۡزُولُونَ

    (And it is not the Shayatin who have brought it down.
    Neither would it suit them nor they can.
    Verily, they have been removed far from hearing it.) (26:210-212)

    Then Allah says,

    فَأَيۡنَ تَذۡهَبُونَ

    (Then where are you going)

    meaning, where has your reason gone,
    in rejecting this Qur'an,
    while it is manifest,
    clear,
    and evident that it is the truth from Allah.
    This is as Abu Bakr As-Siddiq said
    to the delegation of Bani Hanifah when they came to him as Muslims
    and he commanded them to recite (something from the Qur'an).
    So they recited something to him
    from the so called Qur'an of Musaylimah the Liar,
    that was total gibberish
    and terribly poor in style.
    Thus, Abu Bakr said,
    "Woe unto you! Where have your senses gone By Allah,
    this speech did not come from a god.'' Qatadah said,

    فَأَيۡنَ تَذۡهَبُونَ

    (Then where are you going)

    meaning, from the Book of Allah and His obedience.

    Then Allah says,

    إِنۡ هُوَ إِلَّا ذِكۡرٌ۬ لِّلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ

    (Verily, this is no less than a Reminder to the creatures.)

    meaning, this Qur'an is a reminder for all of mankind.
    They are reminded by it and receive admonition from it.

    لِمَن شَآءَ مِنكُمۡ أَن يَسۡتَقِيمَ

    (To whomsoever among you who wills to walk straight.)

    meaning, whoever seeks guidance,
    then he must adhere to this Qur'an,
    for verily it is his salvation and guidance.
    There is no guidance in other than it.

    وَمَا تَشَآءُونَ إِلَّآ أَن يَشَآءَ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ

    (And you cannot will unless (it be)
    that Allah wills -- the Lord of all that exists.)

    This means that the will is not left to you all,
    so that whoever wishes to be guided,
    then he is guided,
    and whoever wishes to be astray,
    then he goes astray,
    rather, all of this is according to the will of Allah the Exalted,
    and He is the Lord of all that exists.
    It is reported from
    Sulayman bin Musa that when this Ayah was revealed,

    لِمَن شَآءَ مِنكُمۡ أَن يَسۡتَقِيمَ

    (To whomsoever among you who wills to walk straight.)

    Abu Jahl said, "The matter is up to us.
    If we wish, we will stand straight,
    and we do not wish,
    we will not stand straight.''

    So Allah revealed,

    وَمَا تَشَآءُونَ إِلَّآ أَن يَشَآءَ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّ ٱلۡعَـٰلَمِينَ

    (And you cannot will unless (it be)
    that Allah wills
    the Lord of all that exists.)

    This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat At-Takwir,
    and all praise and thanks are due to Allah.
     
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    Imam 'Imad alDin ibn Kathir alShafi'i (رحمه الله):

    Allah then says,

    إِنَّ هَـٰذِهِۦ تَذۡكِرَةٌ۬‌ۖ

    (Verily, this is an admonition,)

    meaning, this Surah is a reminder.

    فَمَن شَآءَ ٱتَّخَذَ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِۦ سَبِيلاً۬

    (so whosoever wills, let him take a path to his Lord.)

    meaning, a path and a way.
    This means, whoever wishes to be guided by the Qur'an.
    This is similar to Allah's statement,

    وَمَاذَا عَلَيۡہِمۡ لَوۡ ءَامَنُواْ بِٱللَّهِ وَٱلۡيَوۡمِ ٱلۡأَخِرِ

    (And what loss have they
    if they had believed in Allah and in the Last Day.) (4:39)

    Then Allah says,

    وَمَا تَشَآءُونَ إِلَّآ أَن يَشَآءَ ٱللَّهُ‌ۚ

    (But you cannot will, unless Allah wills.)

    meaning, no one is able to guide himself,
    enter into faith
    or bring about any benefit for himself,

    إِلَّآ أَن يَشَآءَ ٱللَّهُ‌ۚ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمً۬ا

    (Unless Allah wills.
    Verily, Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise.)

    meaning, He is Most Knowledgeable of who deserves to be guided.
    So, He makes guidance easy for him
    and He predestines for him that which will be a cause for it.
    However, whoever deserves misguidance,
    He averts guidance from him.
    Unto Him belongs the most excellent wisdom
    and the most irrefutable argument.

    Thus, He says,

    إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ كَانَ عَلِيمًا حَكِيمً۬ا

    (Verily, Allah is Ever All-Knowing, All-Wise.)

    Then He says,

    يُدۡخِلُ مَن يَشَآءُ فِى رَحۡمَتِهِۦ‌ۚ وَٱلظَّـٰلِمِينَ أَعَدَّ لَهُمۡ عَذَابًا أَلِيمَۢا

    (He will admit to His mercy whom He wills
    and as for the wrongdoers -- He has prepared a painful torment.)

    meaning, He guides whomever He wishes
    and He leads astray whomever He wishes.
    Whoever He guides,
    there is no one who can lead him astray;
    and whoever He leads astray,
    there is no one who can guide him.
    This is the end of the Tafsir of Surat Al-Insan.
    And all praise and thanks are due to Allah.
     
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    The Men of Allah (awliyā’)

    have declared,

    ‘There is no teacher in the entire creation superior

    (or equal to)

    the Messenger of Allah; ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم )

    and no student greater

    than Abu Bakr.’ (رضي الله عنه)

    -Imam Aḥmad Riḍā (رحمه الله),


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    City Walls of alQuds alSharif Damascus gate, Bilad alSham

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    “Abu Bakr, (رضي الله عنه)

    was not favored over people

    because of an abundance of fasting and prayer.

    Rather, he was only favored over them because of something that settled in his heart.”

    -Imam Ibn AbdAllah alMuzani

    Some scholars said while commenting on this statement:

    “What was in the heart of Abu Bakr is the love of Allah Almighty,

    and sincere advice to people.”

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    mountain of 40 Prophets, alQasyoun

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    no one can,

    "estimate the Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم )

    as he deserves except Allah, (عز وجل)

    and each knows him,

    only to the extent of what he himself possesses.

    Thus the most knowledgeable in the Community

    about the Prophet's, ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم )

    rank is

    Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه)

    because he was the best of the Umma,

    and Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه)

    knows the Prophet, ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)

    only according to Abu Bakrs (رضي الله عنه) strength.

    -Imam Abu alHasan alSubki, (رحمه الله )

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    Sayyiduna Imam Abû Bakr alSiddîq (رضي الله عنه) said:

    I will not leave anything the Messenger of Allah (i: صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم ) did,

    except that I will also do it;

    for I fear that if I were to leave any of his ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم ) commands and ways

    I would deviate.

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    Sayyiduna Imam`Umar alFaruq, (رضي الله عنه), said:

    “ The Iman of Abu Bakr outweighs
    the iman of the entire Umma.”

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    Sayyidunna Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه), said:

    “The one who has the greatest reward amongst the people
    is Abu Bakr because he was unique in compiling the Quran.”

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    alMadina alMunawwarah


    Upon hearing the sad news, (i: Sayyidunna Abu Turab, Imam) ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (i: alMurtada, (رضي الله عنه) hurried towards (i: Sayyidunna) Abu Bakr’s, (رضي الله عنه) , house, all the while saying,
    “Verily we belong to Allah, and to Him is our return.”

    (i: Sayyidinna Imam) ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه) then stood outside the house in which (i: Sayyidunna) Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه ) had died, and made the following long speech, which he addressed to (i: Sayyidunna) Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) himself:

    “O Abu Bakr, may Allah have Mercy upon you.

    You were the closest companion and friend of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم);
    you were a comfort to him;

    you were the one he trusted most.

    If he had a secret, he would tell it to you;
    and if he needed to consult someone regarding a matter,
    he would consult you.

    You were the first of your people to embrace Islam,
    and you were the most sincere of them in your faith.

    Your faith was stronger than any other person’s,
    as was the degree to which you feared Allah.

    And you were wealthier then anyone else
    in terms of what you acquired from the religion of Allah (عز وجل) (The Posessor of Might and Majesty).

    You cared most for both the Messenger of Allah
    (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم), and Islam.

    Of all people, you were the best Companion to the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم);
    you possessed the best qualities;

    you had the best past;

    you ranked the highest;

    and you were closest to him.

    And of all people you resembled the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    the most in terms of his guidance and demeanor.

    Your ranking was higher than anyone else’s,
    and the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) honored you
    and held you in higher esteem than anyone else.

    On behalf of the Messenger of Allah and Islam,
    may Allah reward you with the best of rewards.

    When the people disbelieved in the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    you believed in him.

    Throughout his life,
    you were both his eyes with which he (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم),
    and his ears with which he heard.

    Allah has named you truthful in his book when He said:

    “And he (Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) who has brought the truth (this Qur’an and Islamic Monotheism) and (those who) believed therein, those are Al-Muttaqun (the pious and righteous persons)” (Qur’an 39:33)

    When people were stingy in their support for the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    you comforted him.

    And when people sat still,
    you stood side by side with the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم),
    facing the same hardships that he faced.

    In times of hardship,
    you were truly a good and noble Companion of his.
    You were the ‘second of two’, his Companion in the Cave;
    and the one upon whom alSakeenah descended.

    You were his Companion during the migration
    and you were his successor regarding the religion of Allah and His nation.

    And truly good sucessor
    you proved to be when the people apostatized.
    You did what no other Khaleefah of a Prophet did before you.

    You stood up firmly and bravely
    when his other Companions
    lost their resolve and became soft.

    And when they became weak,
    you adhered to the methodology of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) .

    You truly were as the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) said:
    weak in your body,
    but strong regarding the commands of Allah;
    humble in yourself,
    but lofty in your ranking with Allah;
    well-esteemed in the eyes of people,
    honored and great in their hearts.

    Not a single one of them had any reason to dislike you,
    to be suspicious of you,
    or to hold you in contempt.

    The weak and humble
    you have always treated as strong and honorable,
    making sure you gave them what was rightfully theirs.
    And in this regard,
    you have treated relatives and strangers equally.
    Of all people,
    you respect those who are most obedient to Allah
    and who fear Him the most.

    In your overall character,
    you embody truth and compassion.
    Your speech has always been characterized
    by the qualities of wisdom and decisiveness.
    And you have always struck a noble balance
    between gentleness and firmness.
    You have always based your decisions on knowedge,
    and once you have made your decisions,
    you have always kept a firm resolve to execute them.

    Verily to Allah do we belong, and to Him is our return.
    We are pleased with, and we submit to, Allah’s decree.
    And by Allah,
    other than the death of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    Muslims have never been afflicted with a greater calamity
    than the calamity of your death.

    You have always been a protector,
    a sanctuary,
    and source of honor for this religion.
    May Allah (عز وجل) make you join
    the company of His Prophet, Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    and may He not deprive us of your reward.
    And may He not lead us astray after you.”

    People had gathered around (i: Sayyidunna Imam) ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه)
    and listened to his speech until he was finished.
    Then they all cried with raised voices,
    and they all responded in unison to
    (i: Sayyidunna Imam) ‘Ali’s speech, saying,

    “Indeed, you have spoken the truth.”

    -Imam Ibn alJawzi

    ***

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said,

    "I have never prostrated to an idol.

    As I approached adulthood,

    my father led me to a chamber of idols (Kaaba).

    His father said: “These are your grand elevated gods.”

    After saying this,

    my father departed to attend to some other business.

    I advanced to an idol and said:

    “I am hungry can you feed me?”

    It didn't answer. I said:

    “I am in need of beautiful clothes;

    bestow them on me.”

    It didn't answer.

    I threw off a rock upon it,

    and it fell down."

    Thereafter,

    Abu Bakr, (رضي الله عنه),

    never went to the chamber of idols in Ka'ba

    to pray to the idols."

    Sayyidunna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    “I knew my Lord through my Lord.”

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    The more knowledge you have,
    the greater will be your fear of God.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    Our abode in this world is transitory,

    our life therein is but a loan,

    our breaths are numbered

    and our indolence is manifest.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    “Friends of Allah are of three kinds.

    Each kind may be known through three signs

    The first kind of friend fears Allah.

    These are always modest

    they are always aiming to increase their charity;

    they always see their small sins as large

    because they see a divine rule as a divine rule
    .
    Friends of the second kind hope for the reward of Allah
    .
    They display virtue and beauty in all their acts
    ;
    they spend bountifully in the way of Allah
    ;
    and they do not denigrate anyone
    .
    Friends of the third kind are the wise

    who worship Allah with love and compassion.

    They give away what they love most in the way of Allah;

    they aim at Allah’s pleasure in all their acts

    and disregard the reproaches of the ignorant
    ;
    and they fulfill the commands

    and observe the prohibitions of Allah

    even if their lower selves dislike it.”

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    Knowledge is the life of the mind.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    When knowledge is limited – it leads to folly…

    When knowledge exceeds a certain limit,

    it leads to exploitation.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    The greatest truth is honesty,

    and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    The true believer is rewarded in every thing,

    even in affliction.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    Muslims should live like brothers.

    There is greatness in the fear of Allah,

    contentment in faith of Allah,

    and honour in humility.


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    The Men of Allah (awliyā’)

    have declared,

    ‘There is no teacher in the entire creation superior

    (or equal to)

    the Messenger of Allah; ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم )

    and no student greater

    than Abu Bakr.’ (رضي الله عنه)

    -Imam Aḥmad Riḍā (رحمه الله),


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    City Walls of alQuds alSharif Damascus gate, Bilad alSham

    ***

    “Abu Bakr, (رضي الله عنه)

    was not favored over people

    because of an abundance of fasting and prayer.

    Rather, he was only favored over them because of something that settled in his heart.”

    -Imam Ibn AbdAllah alMuzani

    Some scholars said while commenting on this statement:

    “What was in the heart of Abu Bakr is the love of Allah Almighty,

    and sincere advice to people.”

    ***

    no one can,

    "estimate the Prophet ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم )

    as he deserves except Allah, (عز وجل)

    and each knows him,

    only to the extent of what he himself possesses.

    Thus the most knowledgeable in the Community

    about the Prophet's, ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم )

    rank is

    Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه)

    because he was the best of the Umma,

    and Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه)

    knows the Prophet, ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)

    only according to Abu Bakrs (رضي الله عنه) strength.

    -Imam Abu alHasan alSubki, (رحمه الله )

    ***

    Sayyiduna Imam Abû Bakr alSiddîq (رضي الله عنه) said:

    I will not leave anything the Messenger of Allah (i: صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم ) did,

    except that I will also do it;

    for I fear that if I were to leave any of his ( صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم ) commands and ways

    I would deviate.

    ***

    Sayyiduna Imam`Umar alFaruq, (رضي الله عنه), said:

    “ The Iman of Abu Bakr outweighs
    the iman of the entire Umma.”

    ***

    Sayyidunna Imam Ali bin Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه), said:

    “The one who has the greatest reward amongst the people
    is Abu Bakr because he was unique in compiling the Quran.”

    ***

    Upon hearing the sad news, (i: Sayyidunna Abu Turab, Imam) ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib (i: alMurtada, (رضي الله عنه) hurried towards (i: Sayyidunna) Abu Bakr’s, (رضي الله عنه) , house, all the while saying,
    “Verily we belong to Allah, and to Him is our return.”

    (i: Sayyidinna Imam) ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه) then stood outside the house in which (i: Sayyidunna) Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه ) had died, and made the following long speech, which he addressed to (i: Sayyidunna) Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) himself:

    “O Abu Bakr, may Allah have Mercy upon you.

    You were the closest companion and friend of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم);
    you were a comfort to him;

    you were the one he trusted most.

    If he had a secret, he would tell it to you;
    and if he needed to consult someone regarding a matter,
    he would consult you.

    You were the first of your people to embrace Islam,
    and you were the most sincere of them in your faith.

    Your faith was stronger than any other person’s,
    as was the degree to which you feared Allah.

    And you were wealthier then anyone else
    in terms of what you acquired from the religion of Allah (عز وجل) (The Posessor of Might and Majesty).

    You cared most for both the Messenger of Allah
    (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم), and Islam.

    Of all people, you were the best Companion to the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم);
    you possessed the best qualities;

    you had the best past;

    you ranked the highest;

    and you were closest to him.

    And of all people you resembled the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    the most in terms of his guidance and demeanor.

    Your ranking was higher than anyone else’s,
    and the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) honored you
    and held you in higher esteem than anyone else.

    On behalf of the Messenger of Allah and Islam,
    may Allah reward you with the best of rewards.

    When the people disbelieved in the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    you believed in him.

    Throughout his life,
    you were both his eyes with which he (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم),
    and his ears with which he heard.

    Allah has named you truthful in his book when He said:

    “And he (Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) who has brought the truth (this Qur’an and Islamic Monotheism) and (those who) believed therein, those are Al-Muttaqun (the pious and righteous persons)” (Qur’an 39:33)

    When people were stingy in their support for the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    you comforted him.

    And when people sat still,
    you stood side by side with the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم),
    facing the same hardships that he faced.

    In times of hardship,
    you were truly a good and noble Companion of his.
    You were the ‘second of two’, his Companion in the Cave;
    and the one upon whom alSakeenah descended.

    You were his Companion during the migration
    and you were his successor regarding the religion of Allah and His nation.

    And truly good sucessor
    you proved to be when the people apostatized.
    You did what no other Khaleefah of a Prophet did before you.

    You stood up firmly and bravely
    when his other Companions
    lost their resolve and became soft.

    And when they became weak,
    you adhered to the methodology of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) .

    You truly were as the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم) said:
    weak in your body,
    but strong regarding the commands of Allah;
    humble in yourself,
    but lofty in your ranking with Allah;
    well-esteemed in the eyes of people,
    honored and great in their hearts.

    Not a single one of them had any reason to dislike you,
    to be suspicious of you,
    or to hold you in contempt.

    The weak and humble
    you have always treated as strong and honorable,
    making sure you gave them what was rightfully theirs.
    And in this regard,
    you have treated relatives and strangers equally.
    Of all people,
    you respect those who are most obedient to Allah
    and who fear Him the most.

    In your overall character,
    you embody truth and compassion.
    Your speech has always been characterized
    by the qualities of wisdom and decisiveness.
    And you have always struck a noble balance
    between gentleness and firmness.
    You have always based your decisions on knowedge,
    and once you have made your decisions,
    you have always kept a firm resolve to execute them.

    Verily to Allah do we belong, and to Him is our return.
    We are pleased with, and we submit to, Allah’s decree.
    And by Allah,
    other than the death of the Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    Muslims have never been afflicted with a greater calamity
    than the calamity of your death.

    You have always been a protector,
    a sanctuary,
    and source of honor for this religion.
    May Allah (عز وجل) make you join
    the company of His Prophet, Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وصحبه وسلم)
    and may He not deprive us of your reward.
    And may He not lead us astray after you.”

    People had gathered around (i: Sayyidunna Imam) ‘Ali (رضي الله عنه)
    and listened to his speech until he was finished.
    Then they all cried with raised voices,
    and they all responded in unison to
    (i: Sayyidunna Imam) ‘Ali’s speech, saying,

    “Indeed, you have spoken the truth.”

    -Imam Ibn alJawzi

    ***

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said,

    "I have never prostrated to an idol.

    As I approached adulthood,

    my father led me to a chamber of idols (Kaaba).

    His father said: “These are your grand elevated gods.”

    After saying this,

    my father departed to attend to some other business.

    I advanced to an idol and said:

    “I am hungry can you feed me?”

    It didn't answer. I said:

    “I am in need of beautiful clothes;

    bestow them on me.”

    It didn't answer.

    I threw off a rock upon it,

    and it fell down."

    Thereafter,

    Abu Bakr, (رضي الله عنه),

    never went to the chamber of idols in Ka'ba

    to pray to the idols."

    Sayyidunna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    “I knew my Lord through my Lord.”

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    The more knowledge you have,
    the greater will be your fear of God.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    Our abode in this world is transitory,

    our life therein is but a loan,

    our breaths are numbered

    and our indolence is manifest.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    “Friends of Allah are of three kinds.

    Each kind may be known through three signs

    The first kind of friend fears Allah.

    These are always modest

    they are always aiming to increase their charity;

    they always see their small sins as large

    because they see a divine rule as a divine rule
    .
    Friends of the second kind hope for the reward of Allah
    .
    They display virtue and beauty in all their acts
    ;
    they spend bountifully in the way of Allah
    ;
    and they do not denigrate anyone
    .
    Friends of the third kind are the wise

    who worship Allah with love and compassion.

    They give away what they love most in the way of Allah;

    they aim at Allah’s pleasure in all their acts

    and disregard the reproaches of the ignorant
    ;
    and they fulfill the commands

    and observe the prohibitions of Allah

    even if their lower selves dislike it.”

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    Knowledge is the life of the mind.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    When knowledge is limited – it leads to folly…

    When knowledge exceeds a certain limit,

    it leads to exploitation.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    The greatest truth is honesty,

    and the greatest falsehood is dishonesty.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    The true believer is rewarded in every thing,

    even in affliction.

    Sayyiduna Imam Abu Bakr alSiddiq, (رضي الله عنه), said

    Muslims should live like brothers.

    There is greatness in the fear of Allah,

    contentment in faith of Allah,

    and honour in humility.


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    izz al-Din Well-Known Member

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    Imam Ibn Kathir alDimishqi, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه (alTafsir alQur'an alAdhim), said:


    مَا سَلَكَكُمْ فِي سَقَرَ - قَالُوا لَمْ نَكُ مِنَ الْمُصَلِّينَ - وَلَمْ نَكُ نُطْعِمُ الْمِسْكِينَ

    ("What has caused you to enter Hell?"
    They will say: "We were not of those who used to offer the Salah,
    nor did we feed the poor.")

    meaning, 'we did not worship Allah,
    nor did we do good to His creatures of our own species (i.e., other people).'

    نَخُوضُ مَعَ الْخَائِض

    (And we used to speak falsehood with vain speakers.)

    meaning, 'we used to speak about what we had no knowledge of.'

    Qatadah رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said, "It means that every time someone went astray we would go astray with them."

    وَكُنَّا نُكَذِّبُ بِيَوْمِ الدِّينِ - حَتَّىٰ أَتَانَا الْيَقِينُ

    (And we used to deny the Day of Recompense,
    until the certainty (Al-Yaqin) came to us.) meaning, death.

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    izz al-Din Well-Known Member

    Imam Talq bin Habib رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    "The Rights of Allah (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ)
    are greater
    than the slave's capacity
    and ability to fulfill them.
    Therefore,
    reach the morning in a state of repentance
    and reach the night in a state of repentance."*

    [​IMG]

    One of the Salaf, رضي الله عنهم said,

    “I can not think of any deeds that are more virtuous than patience

    except for being pleased [with Allah عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ and His Qadar]

    and similarly

    I don’t know of a level higher

    and nobler than being pleased [with Allah عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ and His Qadar],

    and it is the principal part of loving Allah.”*عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ

    [​IMG]

    Imam Muwarriq ibn Mushmarij alTabi':

    I do not find any more apt metaphor

    for the believer in this world

    except that of a man clinging to a piece of wood

    in the sea saying,

    'O Lord! O Lord!'

    Perhaps Allah will rescue him.*

    Sayyiduna Imam 'Ali ibn Abi Talib,رضي الله عنه said:

    "Carry out the obligatory duties [Fard Ayn]

    for the pleasure of Allah

    and Allah will surely lead you straight to Paradise [Jannah]."*


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    Imam al-Awza'i, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    "At the time of Fajr,
    or a while before it,
    the Salaf, رضي الله عنهم
    would be as if birds
    were sitting on their heads:
    (still) concentrating
    on themselves [and their worship],
    so much so that
    even if one of their closest friends
    came to them after having been parted from them,
    they would not notice him.

    They would remain in this state
    until just before sunrise.

    Then, they would meet each other and sit in the circles.

    The first thing they would discuss is
    the matter of their afterlife
    and what would become of them in the hereafter.

    Then they would begin the circles of Quran and Fiqh study. "*

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    Sayyiduna Imam 'Umar ibn alKhattab, رضي الله عنه said,

    “Sit with those who love God,

    for that enlightens the mind.”*

    "Learn dignity and tranquility.”*

    "My heart is at ease knowing

    that what was meant for me will never miss me

    and that what misses me

    was never meant for me.”*

    “Patience is the healthiest ingredient of our life.”*

    "Be dignified, honest, and truthful.”*

    “When one’s intention is sincere,

    God will suffice his needs, protect him,

    and guide him in his dealings with the people.”*

    “Don’t forget your own self while preaching to others.”*

    “Acquire knowledge and teach it to people.”*

    “The wisest man is he who can account for his actions.”*

    "Learn the Arabic language;

    it will sharpen your wisdom.”*

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    [​IMG]
    alMasjid alAqsa

    Imam Malik ibn Anas, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    maa salaha li akhiri hadhihi'l-ummah illa ma saluhat li awwaliha

    "Only what was right for the first of this ummah
    will be right for the last of it."*

    Imam Malik ibn Anas, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said

    "Lan ya'tiya akhiru hadhihi al-ummati bi afdhala mimma jaa' bihi awwaluha"

    "The last of this ummah
    is unable to come up with something better
    than what the first of this ummah came up with"*

    Sayyiduna 'Abdullah ibn al-Salam, رضي الله عنه said

    "Broken hearts refers to those
    that have
    broken for the love of Allah, Mighty and Magnificent,
    rather than the love of anything else.””

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    jabal alRahma

    ***
    * references
     
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    izz al-Din Well-Known Member

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    Imam Abu Bakr alMuzani, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said:

    "Who is like you, O son of Adam?

    Whenever you wish,

    you use water to make Ablution,

    go to the place of worship

    and thus enter the presence of your Lord (i.e. start praying)

    without a translator

    or a barrier between you and Him!"

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    When Imam 'Ali bin alHusayn Zayn alAbidin, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه

    used to perform Wudu,

    his color would change.

    His family asked him why this happened to him every time he performed Ablution,

    he said,

    "Do you know before Whom I am about to stand (in prayer)?"

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    [​IMG]
    Zawiya of Imam 'Idris ibn 'Abd Allah ibn alHasan ibn alHasan ibn 'Ali ibn Abi Talib,رضي الله عنهم Zerhoun, morocco

    Imam alHasan alBasri, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    “If a man from amongst the Salaf,

    (i: (al-Salih), Righteous Predecessors- Sahaba alKiraam,
    and ahl alBayt), رضي الله عنهم

    were to be sent forth today,

    he would not recognize anything from Islam.”

    He put his hand on his cheek and added,

    [​IMG]

    “Except this prayer (salâh).”

    Then he said,

    “But by Allâh, (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ)

    this does not apply to the person

    who lives in this unfamiliar time,

    never having seen the Righteous Predecessors, رضي الله عنهم

    but who sees [instead] the innovator

    calling to his bid’ah,

    and the follower of worldly wealth

    calling to his materialism,

    but Allâh protects him from all this

    and makes his heart love

    and aspire to those Righteous Predecessors, رضي الله عنهم

    asking about their way,

    searching and trying

    to follow in their footsteps,

    and adhering to their path.

    Such is a person who will be recompensed

    with an immense and great reward.

    So be you all like this,

    by the permission of Allah, ( عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ)”. *

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    One the Salaf رضي الله عنهم would would say,

    ‘Take refuge with Allah (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ)

    from hypocritical

    khushu .’

    When asked what it was, he replied,

    ‘That you see the

    body humble and submissive

    while the heart is not .’*

    Sayyiduna Imam ‘Umar ibn alKhattab, رضي الله عنه

    saw a person with his head lowered and said,

    ‘O such-and-such raise your head

    for khushu ' does not

    extend beyond what is in the heart.’*

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    One of the Salaf, رضي الله عنهم was asked,

    "Should we make a roof for our mosque?"

    He said,

    "Purify your hearts

    and your mosque will be sufficient for you."*

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    'blue Mosque'

    Sayyiduna 'Abd Allah ibn Mas'ud, رضي الله عنه said,

    ‘There are people who recite the Qur’an

    yet it does not descend beyond their throats;

    were it to reach the heart

    and take root therein,

    it is then that it would benefit .’

    Imam Malik ibn Dinar, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    ‘I swear to you,

    no servant believes in this Qur’an

    except that it causes his heart to burst .’*

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    One of the Salaf, رضي الله عنهم , said:

    “I have three qualities,


    which I wish I could keep up all the time,

    (i: two are mentioned, here),

    then I would really be something.

    When I am praying,

    I do not think about anything except the prayer I am doing;

    if I hear any hadith from the Messenger of Allah, ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ

    I do not have any doubts about it..."

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    inside the Ka'ba

    Imam Hatim alAsaam, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه , said,

    “I carry out what I am commanded;

    I walk with fear of Allah in my heart;

    I start with the [correct] intention;

    I magnify and glorify Allah;

    I recite at a slow and measured pace,

    thinking about the meaning;

    I bow with khushu;

    I prostrate with humility;

    I sit and recite the complete tashahhud;

    I say salaam with the [correct] intention;

    I finish with sincerity towards Allah;

    and I come back fearing lest [my prayer] has not been accepted from me,

    so I continue to strive until I die.” *

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    inside the Ka'ba

    Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه was asked about Qabd,

    (or placing one hand over the other),

    and he replied,

    "It is to be subservient before the Almighty ."

    Imam Bishr alHafi, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    ‘For forty years have I wished to

    place one hand on the other, (i:Qabd),

    in the prayer

    and the only thing that prevented me from doing so

    was that I would have then shown a khushu

    greater than

    that in my heart.’

    (i:meaning, Sadl, (leaving the hands loose on the sides),

    was followed by him,

    in accorandance to the Sunna alMutaharah)*

    Imam 'Uthman bin Abi Dahrash, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    "I never performed a prayer

    without invoking Allah (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ)

    afterwards to forgive me

    for falling into shortcomings in the way I performed it."*

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    Imam Sufyan alThawri رَحْمَةُ الله عليه used to offer prayer

    and then turn towards the youth and say:

    “If you don’t offer prayer today,

    then when?”*

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    alHasan alBasri رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said:

    "When salah is the least of your concerns,

    then what is your most important concern?

    As much as you fix your salah, your life will be fixed.

    Did you not know that salah was equated with Success:

    ‘Come to Prayer,

    Come to Success.’

    How can you ask Allah for success

    when you are not responding to His right upon you?"*

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    alMakkah alMukkaramah

    Imam Mu`awiyah ibn Murrah, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said

    "I lived during the time of seventy of the Companions رضي الله عنهم of (Sayyiduna) Muhammad ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ
    and had they lived among you today,
    they would not recognize any of your acts except the Adhan!"

    Moreover, he said,

    "If a man from the Salaf رضي الله عنهم was resurrected
    among you today,
    he would only recognize your Qiblah."

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    Sayyiduna Adi ibn Hatim,رضي الله عنه said,

    "Ever since I became Muslim,

    I always made sure to have Wudu when the Adhan is called."

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    Sayyidiuna Adi ibn Hatim , رضي الله عنه said:

    "Every time the prayer time falls,

    it falls while I am eager for it

    and ready to perform it (i.e. having wudhu)."
     
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    Sayyiduna Imam `Umar ibn alKhattab,رضي الله عنه said,

    while standing on a platform,

    "A man might have white hair in Islam (i.e. reaches in old age while Muslim),

    yet has not completed even one prayer for Allah, the Exalted!"

    He was asked,

    "Why is that?"

    He said,

    "He does not perfect the prayer's required Khushu` ( solemness)

    and attending to Allah with his heart."*

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    Sayyiduna Imam `Umar ibn alKhattab, رضي الله عنه became unconscious

    after he was stabbed,

    and according to Sayyduna alMiswar ibn Makhramah, رضي الله عنه

    it was said:

    "Nothing would wake him up except the call to prayer,

    if he is still alive.

    " They said to him,

    "The prayer has finished,

    O Chief of the Faithful!"

    He woke up and said,

    "The prayer, by Allah!

    Verily, there is no share in Islam for whoever abandons the prayer."

    He performed the prayer while his wound was bleeding.

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    Imam Hasan al-Basri رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    “Iman is not outer decoration,

    nor mere hope.

    Rather,

    it is what settles in the heart

    and what is affirmed by actions”.

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    Imam Hasan alBasri رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said:

    “By Allah! (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ)

    Hastening to the prayer is not accomplished by the feet.

    Indeed they were prohibited from coming to prayer

    without tranquility and dignity.

    Rather, it is about the hearts,

    the intention, and the submission.”*

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    Sayyiduna Imam ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab, رضي الله عنه said:

    “Ask Allah (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ)
    for help
    against your evil whims and desires
    just as you ask Him for help
    against your enemies.”*


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    Sayyiduna 'Umar ibn alKhattab, رضي الله عنه said:

    "Sit in the company of those who repent excessively
    because their hearts
    are the most soft among the people."*

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    Imam Abu alMinhal رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said:

    “There can not possibly be a better neighbour
    for the slave in
    his grave
    than abundant istighfaar.”*

    Sayyiduna Imam 'Ali ibn Abi Talib, رضي الله عنه said,

    Suspicion is for the person who is destroyed
    even though he has the means to be free.
    It was asked:
    What is that?
    He said:
    Tawbah and Istighfar.

    Imam Ahmad Ibn ‘Aasim, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه said,

    “Surely, this is the easy task,
    clean up
    the rest of your life
    and you will be forgiven for your past.”*


    [​IMG]


    One of the Salaf, رضي الله عنهم said:

    “Once it was said to Sa’id Ibn alJubayr, رَحْمَةُ الله عليه

    ‘Who from the people is of the most worship?‘

    He answered,

    ‘The man who has committed sins

    and whenever he remembers his sins,

    he looks down on his [good] deeds.'"*

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    One of the Salaf , رضي الله عنهم said:

    “I have not seen anyone more fearful of Allah عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ

    and more intelligent

    than Abu Hanifa.”* رَحْمَةُ الله عليه

    “Most of the time,

    he used to recite the entire Quran in one Rak’at.

    His nightly crying,

    which could be heard outside his house

    invoked sympathy and pity of his neighbors”.*
     
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    Imam Abd Allah ibn alMubarak رَحْمَةُ الله عليه

    Seize the two rak'ats of nearness if you are free and at rest.
    When you desire to speak about the false,
    put glorification in its place.
    Seizing silence is better than plunging,
    even if you are eloquent in speech.*


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    ***
    * Imam 'Iyad alAndalusi رَحْمَةُ الله عليه , Tartib alMadarik
     
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    near ta'if, darab altibaana


    Imam Ahmad Ridha رَحْمَةُ الله عليه :

    Moulana ‘Arif Billah Roomi رَحْمَةُ الله عليه writes
    in his Mathnavi Sharif
    that when
    Sayyiduna Abu Bakr Siddiq رضي الله عنه
    freed Sayyiduna Bilal رضي الله عنه,
    he came to the Prophet ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ and said,

    “We are the servants of your streets,
    and we have freed him (Hadrat Bilal) for your sake.”

    Look as to what Siddiq Akbar رضي الله عنه had to say
    in the first stanza to the Prophet ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ .*

    Imam WaliAllah alDehlevi رَحْمَةُ الله عليه :

    'Amīr al-Muminīn Umar Farooq رضي الله عنه
    stood on the Mimbar and said:

    “I used to be in the presence of the Prophet ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ
    and I was his ‘Abd and his servant.”'*


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    ***

    *al-Amnu wa al‘Ulā


     
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    Imam Ibn Hibbaan رحمه الله said:
    None behaves haughtily
    unless he becomes self-amazed
    and considers himself more virtuous than the other.[1]

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    Imam Shafi’i رحمه الله said,

    ”If self-amazement is concealed within your deeds,
    then recall the one whose pleasure you are seeking,
    which blessings you desire and which outcome you fear.
    The one who ponders upon this,
    his actions will become small in his presence.”[2]

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    Imam Ibn Sad, رحمه الله mentions in alTabaqaat

    about Imam 'Umar ibn 'Abdu alAziz, رحمه الله that:

    Whenever he delivered a khutbah on the mimbar,
    and feared being amazed by himself;
    he would terminate it (i.e. the khutbah)
    And whenever he wrote a letter
    and feared amazement by way of it;
    he would tear it.
    And he would say:

    ”O Allaah! I seek refuge in you from the evil of my nafs.’‘[3]

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    Imam alFudayl ibn Iyad, رحمه الله, said:

    ”O miserable one!
    You are disobedient yet you see yourself as a good-doer;
    you are ignorant yet you see yourself as a scholar;
    you are miserly yet you see yourself as a generous person;
    you are an idiot yet you see yourself as a sensible person,
    and your lifespan is short yet your hopes are prolonged”[4]

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    Imam alDhahabi, رحمه الله said,

    ”I swear by Allaah, (Fudayl) spoke the truth!
    You (O miserable one) are an oppressor
    yet you see yourself as one who is oppressed;
    you eat haraam yet you see yourself as one who fears (Allaah);
    you are a rebellious evil person yet you see yourself as someone who is just;
    you seek knowledge for the sake of the worldly things
    yet you see yourself as one who seeks it for the sake of Allaah”. [5]

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    Imam Ka’b Al-Ahbar, رحمه الله said to a man who came to him, seeking after Hadeeth,

    ”If your knowledge filled what is between the heavens and the earth,
    whilst (you are afflicted with) Self-Amazement,
    it will not increase you except in lowliness and deficiency”.[6]

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    Imam Ibrahim Ibn Adham, رحمه الله, said,

    "The highest level of loving Allah (a: Azza wa Jall)
    is to cut yourself off from everything
    that will distance you from Him,
    all for the sake of your Lord,
    to seek intimacy with Him with your heart,
    intellect and the rest of your limbs.
    Make your love of Him firm in your heart
    so that you give nothing precedence over it.
    If you are fortunate enough to reach this point,
    then it won’t matter to you
    if you were on land
    or at sea
    or in ease
    or difficulty!" [7]

    ***

    [1] Rawda al Uqala
    [2] alFawaid
    [3] Siyar A’lam alNubulaa:
    [4] alFawaid
    [5] Siyar A’lam alNubulaa
    [6] Hilyat alAwliyaa
    [7] al-Qa’idat Fi al-Mahabbah.
     
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    Mentioning the name of the Prophet: Muhammad,

    ﺻﻠﯽ الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺍٓﻟﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ

    is a means by which to purify one’s heart.[1]

    Imam Ahmad Rida, رحمه الله



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    from Makkah alMukkaramah to Madina alMunawwarah, close to the Hijra road of the Sahaba alKiraam, رضي الله ﺗﻌﺎﻟﯽٰ عنهم

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    Whoever surrenders his heart to Allah,

    عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ

    Allah will take care of his limbs.[2]

    Imam Sahl alTustari, رحمه الله

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    ***

    [1] an Imam from Beraili, India,
    the Hanafi Muhaqiq, Muhadith, and Qadri Shaykh, known as Ala Hadrat رحمه الله,
    who recieved his Isnad, in twenty Ulum,
    from Imam Wali Allah alDehlvi رحمه الله, through,
    Imam 'Abd al'Aziz alDehlavi رحمه الله,
    and then through the teacher of Imam Ahmad Radha, Imam Naqi Ali رحمه الله .
    [2] Husn Tanabbuh, Imam Najm alDin alGhazzi رحمه الله.
     
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    Imam Ahmad Rida, Rahmat Allahi Ta'ala alayh::

    "Aqeedah is everything.
    Without the correct Aqeedah,
    Salah is just exercise." [1]

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    Imâm Ahmad ibn Hanbal, Rahmat Allahi Ta'ala alayh:

    “The graves of ahl al-Sunnah
    who committed major sins are gardens (from Paradise)

    whilst the graves of the heretics (adherents of Bid’ah)
    who were ascetics are pits (from the Fire).

    The sinners from ahl al-Sunnah
    are the beloved (awliyâ`) of Allâh,

    whereas the ascetics of ahl al-Bid’ah
    are the enemies of Allâh (Azza wa Jall).”[2]]

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    ***
    [1] an Imam from Beraili, India, the Hanafi Muhaqiq and Qadri Shaykh.
    known as Ala Hadrat.
    [2] Imam ‘Abdullâh, Rahmat Allahi Ta'ala alayh,
    the son of al-Imâm Ahmad ibn Hanbal reporting from his father,
    Ibn Abî Ya’lâ, "Tabaqât Al-Hanâbilah" Vol. 1 p182.
     
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    Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, Radhi Allahu Ta'ala anhu :

    “The world has departed behind us,
    and the hereafter has started towards us.
    Each one of them has offspring.
    So be from the sons of the hereafter,
    and do not be from the sons of this worldly life.
    Verily today (we do) deeds without any taking of account,
    while tomorrow is the taking of account
    and (we are unable) to do any deeds.”

    ***
    ibn Hajar Al-‘Asqalani, Fath alBari
     
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