Sayings of the pious

I have known people and kept company with groups who neither rejoiced when the things of this world came to them, nor grieved when they lost anything in this world. The life of this world was more insignificant to them than dust. One of them might live for a year or for sixty years without ever having a garment that would entirely cover him, and without ever having anything that would come between him and the ground, and without ever having any food that he could ask to be prepared for him in his own home. When night came, they would be on their feet, with their foreheads flat against the earth, tears rolling down their cheeks, secretly calling on Allah to save them on the Day of Judgement. If they did something good, they never stopped being grateful for it, and they were always asking Allah to forgive them for it. By Allah, they were not safe from wrong actions, and were saved only by their constant turning in repentance. May Allah be pleased with them and grant them His mercy".

Al-Hasan Al-Basri

What have I to do with people , I was in my father's "back-bone" (sulb) Alone..then I became Alone in my mother's womb. Then I entrered the world Alone. Then my soul will be taken Alone. Then I will be lowered into my grave Alone. Then Munkar and Nakir will come to me and ask me Alone. If I proceed to good , I will proceed Alone and then my deeds and sins Alone will be put on the scale . If I am sent to Paradise , I will be sent Alone and if I am sent to hellfire , I will be sent Alone....

Mohammad Ibn Aslam

I have seen wrong actions killing hearts, And their degradation may lead to Their becoming addicted to them. Turning away from wrong actions Gives life to the hearts, And opposing yourself is best for it.

Ibn Al-Mubarak

Remembrance of Allah is to the heart what water is to fish. What happens to a fish when it is taken out of water?

Ibn Taymiyyah

This Quran guides you to the recognition of your illnesses and to their remedies. Your illnesses are your sins, and your medicine is seeking Allah's forgiveness.


A believer finds no comfort except in meeting his lord, thus, should he experience such comfort, it means that he has attained that goal.

`Abdullah bin Mas`oud

Do not ask the son of Adam to fulfill a need. Ask Him whose gates are never concealed. Allah is wrathful when you do not ask him, While the son of Adam is angered if you ask him.


Be content with what you have, be satisfied with your dewelling place to accomodate your enterprise, restrain your tongue, and shed tears of regret regrading past sins you commited knowingly, and those you do not recognise.

`Abdullah bin Mas`oud

Do not censure something which has no immediate link to your interest. Forsake your enemies, and beware fo your close companions, except for the trustworthy ones, for nothing equals the worth of a trustworthy companion. Do not mix with an insolent person lest he influences you with his contumelies. Never trust such a person with your secret, and solicit advice only from the God-fearing people.

`Omar bin Al-Khattaab

Follow the coherence in your heart, beware of anything towards which it feels despondent, and disregard what it declines to concur with.

`Abdullah bin Mas`oud

I would love to have already met my Lord had it not been for three blessings in this world - that is :

1) To postrate my forehead on the ground beofore Him.

2) To sit in gatherings that favour the good word, whixh is like opting for the better dates on a platter.

3) And finally, for the oportunity to fight in His cause, to proclaim His word, and to establish his religion on earth.

Omar bin Al-Khattab

Ones heart sometimes feels a strong yearning and responsiveness, and yet, at other times. it feels waning and disengaged. Take advantage of its responsiveness when inviting, and disregard what is offered when your heart feels dispondent.

`Abdullah bin Mas`oud

He who knows not and knows that he knows is a fool. Shun him. He who knows not and knows that he knows not is ignorant. Teach him. He who knows and knows not that he knows is asleep. Wake him. He who knows and knows that he knows is a wise man. Seek him.


I looked at all friends and did not find a better friend than safeguarding the tongue. I thought about all the dresses but did not find a better dress than piety. I thought about all sorts of wealth but did not find a better wealth than contentment in a little. I thought of all sorts of good deeds but did not find a better deed than offering good advice. I looked at all types of sustenance but did not find a better sustenance than patience.

Umar (RAA)

Five are the marks of Allaah-fearing people. They do not associate with people other than those with whom they can maintain terms on a religious basis; they restrain their private parts and their tongues; when they make any large temporal gain, they take it as a curse, and when they gain even a little piety, they consider it precious; they do not eat to their full even of what is permitted for fear that anything forbidden might be mixed with it, they consider all people pious and pardoned, but consider themselves as sinners.

Uthman (RAA)

Had there not been five bad qualities, all the people would have been righteous. Contentment with ignorance; love for worldly life; miserliness inspite of much wealth; ostentation in (good) deeds; and pride in their own intelligence.

Ali (RAA)

Whoever does five things is fortunate in this world and in the Hereafter. :

Reciting Laa ilaaha illallaah Muhammadur-Rasoolullaah;

Inna lillaahi wa inaa ilaihi raaji'oon when any mishap befalls them;

saying laa hawla wa laa quwwata illa billaahil 'azeem - alhumdulillaahi rabbil alameen when any gift is bestowed upon them;

saying bismillaahir-rahmaanir-raheem when beginning any work;

and saying astaghfirullaahil 'azeem wa atoobu ilaihi when any sin is noticed.

Abdullaah ibn 'Amr ibn Al-Aas (RAA)

None in this age will amass wealth except those having five traits ofcharacter. High hopes; abnormal greediness; excessive miserliness, lack of fearing Allaah; and forgetfulness of the coming world.

Sufyaan ath-Thawree (RA)

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