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  • #31
    It is reported that 'Abdullah bin Umar (may Allah be pleased with him and his father) said:

    مَنْ يُسَمِّعِ النَّاسَ بِعَمَلِهِ، سَمَّعَ اللَّهُ بِهِ سَامِعَ خَلْقِهِ، وَحَقَّرَهُ، وَصَغَّرَهُ

    "Whoever tries to make people hear of his deeds, Allah will make [some] of His creation hear of him (expose him), and belittle him.

    فَبَكَى ابْنُ عُمَرَ

    Ibn Umar then began to cry."

    - Waki bin Al-Jarraḥ, Al-Zuhd, no. 308

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    • #32
      Yahya bin Abi Kathir said:

      " خَصْلَتَانِ إِذَا رَأَيْتَهُمَا فِي الرَّجُلِ ، فَاعْلَمْ أَنَّ مَا وَرَاءَهُمَا خَيْرٌ مِنْهُمَا ، إِذَا كَانَ حَابِسًا لِلِسَانِهِ ، يُحَافِظُ عَلَى صَلاتِهِ "

      Two traits if you find them in a man, then know that what is behind them is much goodness:

      "If he was holding back his tongue and observant of his prayers!!"

      - Al-Samt wa Adab Al-Lisan li Ibn Abi Dunya, no 568

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      • #33
        Yahya bin Mu'adh al-Razi (d.258H) said:

        ليكن حظ المؤمن منك ث ثالة: إن لم تنفعه ف تضره, وإن لم تفرحه فلا تغمه, وإن لم تمدحه فلا تذمه

        "Let the believer find three things from you.

        1. If you can not benefit him, then do not cause him harm
        2. If you are unable to make him happy, then do not cause him distress
        3. If you can not commend him, then do not condemn it.



        [Jaami'ul 'Uloom wal-Hikam, 456]
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        • #34
          ‘Amr bin Qays Al Koofi Al-Mala'i said referring to the Salaf:

          " كانوا يكرهون أن يعطي الرجل صبيه الشيء فيجيء به فيراه المسكين فيبكي على أهله ، ويراه الفقير فيبكي على أهله "

          “They used to dislike a man giving his child something with which the child would then go out and be seen by a poor person, causing him to cry over his family; or be seen by an orphan who would then cry over his family.”

          - Narrated by Imam Ahmad, Al-Zuhd 1/217; Abu Nu'aym in Hilyah al-Awliya wa Tabaqat al-Asfiya, page 102

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          • #35
            MASHAKKAT AL SALAF FI TALAB AL ILM:

            Abu Masud ‘Abd ur-Rahman said, I heard ibn Tahir say,

            بلت الدم في طلب الحديث مرتين، مرة ببغداد، وأخرى بمكة، كنت أمشي حافيا في الحر، فلحقني ذلك، وما ركبت دابة قط في طلب الحديث،
            وكنت أحمل كتبي على ظهري، وما سألت في حال الطلب أحدا، كنت أعيش على ما يأتي

            “I urinated blood twice whilst seeking knowledge. Once in Baghdad and another time in Makkah. I used to walk bare-footed in the heat, as a result I was afflicted with that (urinating blood); and I never rode an animal in pursuit of knowledge. I used to carry my books on my head, and I never asked anyone for a thing while I was seeking knowledge. I used to live on whatever came to me.”

            - Quoted by Imam Dhahabi in Siyar A’lam al-Nubala 19/363

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            • #36
              Khalid bin Waleed (may Allah be pleased with him) said while he was on his deathbed:

              .....وَهَا أَنَا أَمُوتُ عَلَى فِرَاشِي حَتْفَ أَنْفِي كَمَا يَمُوتُ الْبَعِيرُ ، فَلا نَامَتْ أَعْيُنُ الْجُبْنَاءُ

              ...."I die even as a camel dies. I die in bed, in shame. May the eyes of cowards never find rest in sleep!"

              - Ibn Asakir in Tareekh Damishq, no. 14730

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              • #37
                Nu’aym bin Hammad said:

                " إِلَى مَتَى تَطْلُبُ الْعِلْمَ ؟ قَالَ : " حَتَّى الْمَمَاتِ إِنْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ "

                Ibn ul-Mubarak was asked how long should a person seek knowledge. He replied: Until death in sha Allah

                - Jami' Bayan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi, no. 428

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                • #38
                  Abdul Rahman Ibn Abi Hatim said:

                  كنا بمصر سبعة أشهر , لم نأكل فيها مرقة , كل نهارنا مقسم لمجالس الشيوخ , وبالليل : النسخ والمقابلة . قال : فأتينا يوما أنا ورفيق لي شيخا , فقالوا : هو عليل , فرأينا في طريقنا سمكة أعجبتنا , فاشتريناه , فلما صرنا إلى البيت , حضر وقت مجلس , فلم يمكنا إصلاحه , ومضينا إلى المجلس , فلم نزل حتى أتى عليه ثلاثة أيام , وكاد أن يتغير , فأكلناه نيئا , لم يكن لنا فراغ أن نعطيه من يشويه . ثم قال : لا يستطاع العلم براحة الجسد

                  We were in Egypt for seven months. We sat with the scholars in the day and during the night we wrote and studied. We bought a fish one day, just as we were about to cook it, it was time for a lesson. For three days we went between the scholars and the fish that was about to rot. In the end we ate the fish raw and said to ourselves: Verily knowledge is not acquired through the comfort of the body.

                  - Quoted by Imam Dhahabi in Tadhkirah Al-Huffaz 3/35

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                  • #39
                    Ibn 'Abbas رضي الله عنه said to his son:

                    عليك بالاعتبار فإنه يذهب بالاغترار وعليك بتقصير الأمل وتقريب الأجل فإنه يذهب بالكسل ويحض على العمل

                    "Take yourself to account, for it rids one of complacency (and self-conceit). Always have short hopes and remember your time (of death) is coming soon, for it rids one of laziness and drives him to (good) actions."

                    [Abu Nu'aym, 'Akhbar Asbahaan', 1375]
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                    • #40
                      Jazakum Allah Khayran Br. Faizan and Br. Abu Umayza

                      Very moving and inspirational

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                      • #41
                        SUFYAAN IBN ‘UYAYNAH'S MEMORY!!!

                        Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah said:

                        ان أبي صيرفيا بالكوفة ، فركبه دين فحملنا إلى مكة ، فصرت إلى المسجد ، فإذا عمرو بن دينار ، فحدثني بثمانية أحاديث ، فأمسكت له حماره حتى صلى ، وخرج ، فعرضت الأحاديث عليه ، فقال : بارك الله فيك .

                        My father used to work as a money exchanger in al-Koofah and came under debt so he took us to Makkah whereupon I went to the Masjid when suddenly I saw ‘Amr bin Deenaar, and he narrated to me eight hadeeths.

                        I held his donkey whilst he went inside the masjid and prayed, when he came back out I repeated the hadeeths to him.

                        He then said: BaarakAllaah feek (to me).

                        - As-siyar a'lam an-nubala, page 460

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                        • #42
                          A scholar came to Haroon ar-Rasheed to admonish him and he did it in a harsh way. Afterwards Haroon was amazed and said, verily Allah sent someone much more pious than you to warn a bigger sinner than me (ie Moosa to Fir'awn) and Allah commanded him to be gentle.

                          - Mukhtasar Tareekh Damishq 8/115

                          Source: http://islamport.com/w/tkh/Web/346/3615.htm

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                          • #43
                            ’Uqbah bin Muslim said:

                            صحبت عبد الله ابن عمر – رضي الله عنه – أربعة و ثلاثين شهراً فكثيرا ما كان يُسأل فيقول : لا أدري ، ثم يلتفت إليَّ فيقول : تدري ما يريد هؤلاء ، يريدون أن يجعلوا ظهورنا جسراً لهم إلى جهنم .

                            For 34 years I kept Ibn ’Umar's (may Allah be pleased with him) company and he used to often say ”I do not know” (when he was asked about anything)

                            Whereupon he would turn towards me and say: ”Do you know what these people want?” They want to make our backs bridges into the hell fire.

                            - Jami' Bayan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi 2/841

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                            • #44
                              ”Whenever Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal ordered butter and received it in paper, he would take the butter and give back the paper to the seller due to Taqwa.”

                              - Quoted by Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali in Jami' al-'Ulum wal Hikam, page 284

                              Source: http://library.islamweb.net/NewLibra...d=81&Hashiya=2

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                              • #45
                                Ibn Abi Adiyy said:

                                Dawud bin Abi Hind fasted for forty years without his own family knowing about it.

                                - Quoted by Imam Dhahabi in As-siyar a'lam an-nubala, page 378

                                Source: https://library.islamweb.net/newlibr..._no=60&ID=1001

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