Category Archives: Sayings of Salaf

Advice for Fathers with their Children : Ibnul Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah

Ibnul Qayyim aj-Jawzeeyah (d.751 A.H.)  رحمه الله said:

‘Allaah’s advice for fathers with their children precedes advice for children with their fathers.
So whoever was careless and negligent of educating his son, and leaves off benefiting him and leaving him useless, then he has been evil to him, extremely evil.

Indeed most children being corrupt is due to their fathers, and then being neglectful of them.
Them leaving their education of the Faraa’id (obligations) and the Sunnan (practices of the Sunnah) of the religion, so they caused them to be lost when they were young. Then the fathers did not benefit from them when they were older.

Just like some fathers held it to be shameful that their children were disobedient, so the child says, O my father you showed disobedience to me when I was young,  so now I’m being disobedient to you now that I am older. You caused me to be lost when I was a boy,  so I caused you to be lost in your old age.’

[From ‘Tuhfat al-Mowdood bi Ahkaam al-Mowlood’ pg.387]

Trees of the Heart : Imaam Ibnul Qayyim

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (رحمه الله) said in Al Fawa’id, Pages: 239-240:

imagesIkhlaas and Tawheed are a tree in the heart. Its branches are the actions, and its fruits are the good life in this Dunyah and everlasting bliss in the Aakhirah.

And just as the fruits of Jannah are neither cut off (by change of season) nor out of reach, likewise is the case with the fruits of Tawheed and Ikhlaas.

Shirk, lies, and riyaa are a tree in the heart. Its fruits in the Dunyah are fear and anxiety, grief and distress of the breast and oppression upon the heart. Its fruits in the afterlife are the tree of zaqqoom and an everlasting punishment.

And Allaah سُبحانه وتعالى has made mention of these two trees in Surah al Ibrahim:

 أَلَمْ تَرَ كَيْفَ ضَرَبَ اللّهُ مَثَلاً كَلِمَةً طَيِّبَةً كَشَجَرةٍ طَيِّبَةٍ أَصْلُهَا ثَابِتٌ وَفَرْعُهَا فِي السَّمَاء
تُؤْتِي أُكُلَهَا كُلَّ حِينٍ بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهَا وَيَضْرِبُ اللّهُ الأَمْثَالَ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ
وَمَثلُ كَلِمَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ كَشَجَرَةٍ خَبِيثَةٍ اجْتُثَّتْ مِن فَوْقِ الأَرْضِ مَا لَهَا مِن قَرَارٍ

“See you not how Allaah sets forth a parable? A goodly word as a goodly
tree, whose root is firmly fixed, and its branches (reach) to the sky
(i.e. very high). Giving its fruits at all times, by the leave of its
Lord, and Allaah sets forth parables for mankind in order that they may
remember. And the parable of an evil word is that of an evil tree
uprooted from the surface of earth, having no stability.”
[Ibrahim 14:24-26]

Woe to you! That is the inheritance of Muhammad, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam

Aboo Hurayrah (radiallaahu ‘anhu) once passed by the market in Madinah. He stopped at the market and said: “O people of the market, how incapable you are!” They said, “And how is that Aboo Hurayrah?” He replied, “Over there, the inheritance of Allaah’s Messenger (salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) is being distributed and you are here! Won’t you go and take your share?” “Where is it?” they asked. He replied, “In the Masjid.” So they hurried to the Masjid, and Aboo Hurayrah waited for them until they returned. When they came back, he said, “What’s the matter?” They replied, “Aboo Hurayrah! We went to the Masjid, but we didn’t see anything being distributed.” Aboo Hurayrah asked them, “And you didn’t see anyone in the Masjid?” They replied, “Indeed we did; we saw people praying, others reciting Qur`an and others studying the regulations of halal and haram.”

So Aboo Hurayrah said, “Woe to you! That is the inheritance of Muhammad, salallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.”

[Reported by at-Tabaraani in al-Aswaat, with a hassan chain of narrators; Al-Albanee also graded it hasan in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa Tarheeb, Vol 1, pg. 19.]

The believers are not comfortable settlers in this world, but strange travelers – Ibnul-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah

“Get yourself out of this limited world of diseases to the wide world of the Hereafter, which has what the eyes have never seen. Nothing is impossible there, and love is not lost. O you who sold yourself for the sake of something that will cause you suffering and pain, and which will also lose its beauty. You sold the most precious item for the cheapest price, as if you neither knew the value of the goods nor the meanness of the price. Wait until you come to the Day of mutual loss and gain (The Day Of Resurrection/Judgment Day)and you will discover the injustice of this contract. ‘There is no deity worthy of worship (in truth) except Allaah’  is something that Allaah is buying. Its price is paradise, and the messenger is its agent, and you will be pleased to part with a small part of this worldly life to obtain it. The part you lose is a small part of something, that as a whole, is not worth a mosquito’s wing.(in the sight of it’s Creator, and those who love and long for Him)”

[Taken from the book Al-Fawaa’id (Benefits) by the late Muslim scholar Ibnul-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah]


The most beautiful thing, the people of the world leave without tasting

The Most Beautiful Thing That the People of the World Leave the World Without Ever Tasting…

From Salam al-Khawaass who said:
قال مالك بن دينار خرج أهل الدنيا من الدنيا ولم يذوقوا أطيب شيء فيها قيل وما هو قال معرفة الله تعالى

 Maalik bin Dinar said:
“The people of the world depart from the world without them having tasted the most beautiful thing from it.” It was said, “And what is it?” He replied,
“The ma’rifah of Allaah [knowledge of His Names, Attributes, Actions and their interplay and connection to the creation].”


Let not your tongue mention the shame of another

 الإمام الشافعي رحمه الله وهو في ديوانه، قال رحمه الله تعالى
لسانك لا تذكر به عورة امرئ *** فكلّـك عورات وللناس ألسـن
وعينك إن أبدت إليك معايباً *** فدعها وقل : يا عين للناس أعينُ

 Imaam Shaafi’رحمه الله  stated:
“Let not your tongue mention the shame of another,
For you yourself are covered in shame and all men have tongues.
If your eye falls upon the sins of your brother,
Shield them & say: “O my eye! All men have eyes!!!”


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