“The (true) servants of (God) the
Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the
ignorant address them, reply with (words of) peace.”
——— The Holy Quran, 25:63.
if Allah touches you with affliction, none can remove it but He: But if He
bestows upon you a favor, remember that He is the Possessor of every power to
do all that He wills.”
——— The Holy Quran, Chapter 6, Verse 17.
“Be patient (in adversity);
for, verily, God will not let the reward of the righteous be wasted.“
——— The Holy Quran, Chapter 11, Verse 115
recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein, and whoever
recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burdens.“
——— The Holy Quran, Chapter 4, Verse 85.
O ye who believe! Do not squander one another’s wealth in vanities, but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good will.
——— The Holy Quran, 4:29.
“You will not attain righteousness till you spend in charity of the things you love.”
——— The Qur’an, Chapter 3, verse 92.
And whenever you give your word, say the truth [al-An'aam 6:152]
And seek help in patience and prayer [al-Baqarah 2:45]
And speak good to people [al-Baqarah 2:83]
And fulfil the Covenant of Allaah when you have covenanted [al-Nahl 16:91]
Verily! Allaah commands that you should render back the trusts to those to whom they are due [al-Nisa' 4:58]
And let not your hand be tied (like a miser) to your neck, nor stretch it forth to its utmost reach (like a spendthrift) [al-Isra' 17:29]
Eat and drink, but waste not by extravagance [al-A'raaf 7:31]
And take a provision (with you) for the journey, but the best provision is al-taqwa (piety, righteousness) [al-Baqarah 2:197]
And whosoever fears Allaah and keeps his duty to Him, He will make a way for him to get out (from every difficulty) [al-Talaaq 65:2]
And whosoever puts his trust in Allaah, then He will suffice him [al-Talaaq 65:3]
He who obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allaah [al-Nisa' 4:80]
By no means shall you attain al-birr (righteousness) until you spend (in Allaah’s cause) of that which you love [Aal 'Imraan 3:92]
Allaah (Alone) is Sufficient for us, and He is the Best Disposer of Affairs (for us) [Aal 'Imraan 3:171]
And walk not on the earth with conceit and arrogance [al-Isra' 17:37]
And turn not your face away from men with pride [Luqmaan 31:18]
And be moderate (or show no arrogance) in your walking, and lower your voice [Luqmaan 31:19]
And give not a thing in order to have more (or consider not your deeds of obedience to Allaah as a favour to Allaah) [al-Muddaththir 74:6]
Avoiding What Is Doubtful
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said “That which is lawful is clear, and that which is unlawful is also quite clear. Between these two is that which is ambiguous, which most people do not know. One who avoids the doubtful safeguards his faith and his honor.” ——— Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 588.
Buisness and Trade
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked what type of earning was best, and he replied: ” A man’s work with his hands and every (lawful) business transaction.” ——— Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 846.
The Prophet also said: “A truthful and trustworthy merchant is associated with the prophets.“ ——— Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 50.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ““It is better for any of you to carry a load of firewood on his own back than to beg from someone else .” ——— Riyadh-Us-Saleheen, Chapter 59, hadith 540.
And also: “There was a merchant who would lend to the people, and whenever his debtor was in difficult circumstances, he would say to his employees, ‘Forgive him so that God may forgive us.’ So, God forgave him.” ——— Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 292.
“Make your character good for the people.“ ——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as narrated Al-Muwatta, Volume 47, Hadith 1
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Do not
turn away a poor man…even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the
poor and bring them near you…God will bring you near Him on the Day of
——— Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1376.
Constancy in Good Deeds
“Do good deeds properly, sincerely and
moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that
the most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though
it were little.”
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as narrated by A’isha (ra) in Sahih Bukhari, vol. 8, hadith 471
“The actions which the Messenger of
Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, loved most were those which
were done most constantly.”
——— Narrated by A’isha (ra) in Al-Muwatta, vol 9, number 92b
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ““It is
better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in
——— Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1011.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Whoever
is offered an apology from a fellow Muslim should accept it unless he knows
that the person apologizing is being dishonest.”
——— Mishkat al Tabrizi, Vol 3, Hadith no. 5052.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Indeed,
an ignorant man who is generous is dearer to God than a worshipper who is
——— Al-Tirmidhi: Hadith 580.
Good Conduct toward Others:
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, “None of
you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself.”
——— Bukhari and Muslim.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “He will
not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.“
——— Sahih Muslim, Hadith 15.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Anybody
who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor, and
anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest
generously, and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should talk what
is good or keep quiet (i.e. abstain from all kinds of evil and dirty talk).“
——— Narrated by Abu Hurayrah, Sahih Al Bukhari, Vol: 8 Hadith 47.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “There
is reward for kindness to every living thing.”
——— Bukhari and Muslim.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “God is
kind and likes kindness in all things.“
——— Rihadh us-Saleheen, Volume 1:633.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Be
kind, for whenever kindness becomes part of something, it beautifies it.
Whenever it is taken from something, it leaves it tarnished.“
——— Imam Bukhari’s Book of Muslim Manners.
“Those who work for you are your
brothers. Allah has made them your assistants.”
——— Bukhari and Tirmidhi.
“There are many doors to goodness.
(Saying) ‘glory to God,’ ‘praise be to God,’ ‘there is no deity but God,’
enjoining good, forbidding evil, removing harm from the road, listening to the
deaf (until you understand them), leading the blind, guiding one to the object
of his need, hurrying with the strength of one’s legs to one in sorrow who is
asking for help, and supporting the weak with the strength of one’s arms – all
of these are (forms of) charity prescribed for you.”
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) in Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 98.
not be people without minds of your own, saying that if others treat you well
you will treat them well and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. But
(instead) accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong
if they do evil.”
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1325.
Honesty and Fair:
“An adulterer will not commit adultery
when he has full faith (in Allah), and a thief will not steal when he has full
faith (in Allah)..”
——— Ibn Majah.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) said “(God) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that
no one oppresses another.”
——— Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 1589.
The Prophet (s) said, “Shall I
inform you about the people of Paradise? They comprise every obscure
unimportant humble person, and if he takes Allah’s Oath that he will do that
thing, Allah will fulfill his oath (by doing that). Shall I inform you about
the people of the Fire? They comprise every cruel, violent, proud and conceited
——— Narrated by Haritha Bin Wahb, in Sahih Al Bukhari, vol 8 hadith 97.
Ihsan – Excellence
Allah loves, when one of you is doing
something, that he [or she] does it in the most excellent manner.
——— Muhammad (p) cited in Al-Qaradawi, Yusuf, Dawr Al-Qiyam Wal-Akhlaaq Fi Al-Iqtisaad Al-Islaami. Maktabat Wahbah, 1995.
When something weighs on your
conscience, give it up.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) in Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 8.
If anyone travels on a road in search
of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Abu Darda in Sunan Abu Dawood, hadith #1631.
The knowledge from which no benefit is
derived is like a treasure out of which nothing is spent in the cause of Allah.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Abu Hurayrah, transmitted by Ahmad and Darimi in Al Tirmidhi, hadith #108.
He who issues forth in search of
knowledge is busy in the cause of Allah till he returns from his quest.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Anas Ibn Malik in Al Tirmidhi, hadith #420.
The seeking of knowledge is obligatory
for every Muslim. [...]
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Majah and Bayhaqi in Shu’ab al-Iman; also reported by Anas Ibn Malik in Al Tirmidhi, hadith #74.
worst of guardians is a cruel ruler. Beware of becoming one of them.”
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Sahih Muslim, Hadith 846.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ““Allah
will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to people.”
——— Sahih al-Bukhari, Vol. 9, #473.
Moderation The best of all dealings is
the one which is moderate.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Baihaqi.
They are the losers, those who make the
religion hard and tough. They imperil themselves who enforce tough practices of
Islam. They destroy themselves, those who are extremes.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Masud in Sahih Muslim.
Make things easy and convenient and
don’t make them harsh and difficult. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) in Riyadh us-Saleheen, Volume 1:637.
“[W]hoever abstains from asking others,
Allah will make him contented, and whoever tries to make himself
self-sufficient, Allah will make him self-sufficient. And whoever remains
patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and
greater than patience.“
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Abu Said Al Khudri
in Sahih Bukhari, vol 2 hadith 548.
“Verily, the patience is at the first
stroke of a calamity.“
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Anas bin Malik in Sahih Bukhari, vol 2 hadith 372.
“He who makes peace between people by
inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar.”
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 857.
“(Islam) is spacious (and has room for
relaxation), and I have been sent with an easy and straightforward religion.”
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 2, Number 153.
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon
him) said: “Do you know who will go first on the Day of Resurrection to the
shade of God…Those who when given what is right accept it, when asked for
something give freely and who judge in favor of others as they do for
——— Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 1042.
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, “Do not
wish to be like anyone, except in two cases: (1) A man whom Allah has given
wealth and he spends it righteously. (2) A man whom Allah has given wisdom
(knowledge of the Qur’an and the Hadith) and he acts according to it and
teaches it to others.”
——— Narrated by Abdullah in Bukhari, vol: 9, hadith 255.
who has property that exceed his needs, let him support someone whose property
does not (meet his or her needs), and anyone whose food exceeds his needs, let
him share it with someone who does not have food.“
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) in Fiqh-us-Sunnah, Volume 3, Number 93C.
Whoever believes in Allah and the Last
Day, let him say something good or keep quiet.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Abu Huraira–mutafakkun ghalai.
A strong person is not the person who
throws his adversaries to the ground. A strong person is the one who contains
himself when he is angry.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s)
A true action leads to the path of
virtue and good deeds, and virtue paves the way of a person to Paradise, and
the said person continues to speak the truth till in the sight of Allah he is
named Siddiq or Truthful. Lying leads to vice, and vice leads to indecent acts
and if a person goes on lying till in the sight of Allah he is named a liar.
——— The Prophet (s) as reported by Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (r) in Bukhari and Muslim.
Wealth and Success
Wealth is not due to plenty of money,
but wealth is the wealth of the self.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as agreed upon–mutafakkun ghalai.
The most valuable things in life) are a
tongue which mentions God, a grateful heart and a believing wife who helps a
man with his faith.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 721.
Forsake wordly pleasures, Allah will
like you, and forsake what others have, mankind will like you.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Majah.
Wisdom is a long-cherished wish to the
believer. He takes it from wherever he listens to it; and he does not mind from
where it came out.
——— Prophet Muhammad (s) as as narrated by Ibn Hibban.
When the allurement of this life comes
to a person, he borrows the good manners of others. however, when it goes away
from him, it strips his good manners from him.
——— Ali (r) as cited in the Book of Wisdom by Ahmad Sakr.
“Maybe I was great in the ring, but
outside of boxing, I’m just a brother like other people. I want to live a good
life, serve God, help everybody I can. And one more thing. I’m still gonna find
out who stole my bike when I was 12 years old in Louisville and I’m gonna whup
him. That was a good bike.”
——— Muhammad Ali.
One of the signs of relying on one’s
own deeds is the loss of hope when a downfall occurs.
——— Al The Hikam of Ibn Ibn ‘Ata’illah, chapter 1,1.
Among the signs of success at the end
is the turning to Allah at the beginning.
——— Al The Hikam of Ibn Ibn ‘Ata’illah, chapter 2, 26.
The best that you can seek from Him is
that which He seeks from you.
——— Al The Hikam of Ibn Ibn ‘Ata’illah, chapter 9, 75.
A woman should have the ability to
choose her own destiny.
——— —Ranya Al-Baz, Domestic Violence Face of Saudi Arabia.
“Service to others is the rent you pay
here for your room on earth.”
——— Muhammad Ali.
“We believe that poverty does not
belong in a civilized human society. It belongs in museums [...] A poverty-free
world might not be perfect, but it would be the best approximation of the
——— Muhammad Yunus
“I’m amazed, that how salam
(peace) is always the first word to start a meeting. but in prayer it is
the end word. Maybe it means the end of prayer is the start of a meeting…”
——— Ali Shahri’ati.
“If, in spite of intense supplication,
there is a delay in the timing of the Gift [al-'ata], let that not be the cause
for your despairing. For He has guaranteed you a response in what He chooses
for you, not in what you choose for yourself, and at the time He desires, not
the time you desire.“
——— The Hikam, Ibn ‘Ata’illah, Chapter 1, 6.
“When a man says I cannot, he has made
a suggestion to himself. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which
otherwise would have been accomplished.”
——— Muhammad Ali.
“The man who views the world at 50 the
same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.”
——— Muhammad Ali.
“Pay attention to Allaah and He will pay attention to you.”
“If you feel no shame, then do as you wish.”
“Make sure your food is good (halaal and bought with halaal earnings), and you will be one whose prayers are answered.”
“Fear Allaah wherever you may be.”
“Follow up a bad deed with a good deed, to cancel it out.”
“Mix with people with a good attitude.”
“Keep away from prohibited things and you will be the best of worshippers.”
“Be content with what Allaah has given you, and you will be the richest of people.”
“Love for other people what you love for yourself.”
“Do not laugh too much, for excessive laughter deadens the heart.”
“Wrongdoing will be multiple darkness on the Day of Resurrection.”
“Fear Allaah and treat all your children fairly.”
“Fear the Fire, even if by giving half a date (in charity).”
“Fear the prayer of the oppressed.”
“The thing that weighs most heavily in the balance (of good deeds) is a good attitude.”
“Deliberation is from Allaah, haste is from Shaytaan.”
“The less your wealth, the less you will be called to account for.”
“Do not become angry, and Paradise will be yours.”
“The most beloved of deeds to Allaah is the one that is continuous, even if it is little.”
“The most beloved of places to Allaah are the mosques.”
“The most hated of places to Allaah are the marketplaces.”
“The most beloved of food to Allaah is that which is touched by many hands (i.e., shared among many people).”
“The most beloved of speech to Allaah is that a person should say, ‘Subhaan Allaah wa bi hamdih (Glory and praise be to Allaah)’.”
“The most beloved of people to Allaah is the one who is most helpful.”
“The most beloved deed to Allaah is making a Muslim happy.”
“Whoever restrains his anger, Allaah will conceal his faults.”
“A bad attitude spoils a good deed just as vinegar spoils honey.”
“The most beloved of people to Allaah are those who have the best attitudes.”
“Beware of this world, for it is sweet and tempting.”
“Control your tongue.”
“Trim your moustaches and let your beards grow.”
“Give back the things you have been entrusted with to the person who entrusted them to you.”
“Do not betray the one who betrays you.”
“Pray to Allaah and be confident of a response.”
“Cheer people up, do not put them off.”
“Make things easy for people, not difficult.”
“Eat with your right hand and eat from what is in front of you.”
“If Allaah gives you wealth, let the blessing of Allaah be seen on you.”
“If someone who is distinguished among his own people comes to you, then honour him.”
“If one with whose religion and character you are pleased comes to you (to seek your daughter’s hand in marriage), then marry (your daughter) to him.”
“If Allaah wills good to the people of a household, He guides them to be gentle.”
“If you do something bad, follow it by doing something good.”
“If you feel uncomfortable about something, then leave it alone.”