Attributes for Success

وَمَن يُطِعِ ٱللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ ۥ يُدۡخِلۡهُ جَنَّـٰتٍ۬ تَجۡرِى مِن تَحۡتِهَا ٱلۡأَنۡهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيهَا‌ۚ وَذَٲلِكَ ٱلۡفَوۡزُ ٱلۡعَظِيمُ

“…whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger will be admitted by Him to gardens [in Paradise] under which rivers flow, abiding eternally therein; and that is the great attainment.”
[Quran; 4:13]

 

Using the selection of verses about success, we have extracted the following key attributes that contribute to success in this life and in the Hereafter.

Some of these attribute are derived directly through the verses, while others have been derived from indications in hadith about their relevance to well-being and success. The aim is to provide a holistic view of the sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

The last sermon of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) emphasises good character. This sermon alone is sufficient to draw the conclusion that the religion of Islam is a framework for developing good character . The sermon of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) is not only remarkable for its eloquence, but it contains a sublime message for the whole of the human race. It was a declaration of human rights, women’s rights, and moral values. The world has not been able to lay down better principles of ethics and morality than those enunciated in it. Every word of it breathes a spirit of magnanimity and aims at establishing righteousness and fair dealing among men on a workable basis. It establishes brotherhood among Muslims irrespective of the divergence of their geographical, racial, and colour backgrounds and provides an outline of a social order, perfectly free from oppression and injustice. It was the declaration of finality of Prophet Muhammad’s (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) prophethood. The religion was being perfected by this final message from The Creator to His creatures for all times to come.

It is interesting to note that many of these attributes overlap with contemporary advice for worldly success in its secular definition.

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We have aimed to stay clear of hadith that we could not verify with reasonable assurance. There may, however, be citations to hadith that are considered weak.

(Regarding the text attributed to the companions (may Allah be pleased with them) and other scholars, the exact wording or attribution of each saying to the person indicated cannot be guaranteed 100%. Unlike hadith, there is no method to verify and grade these sayings. However these are provided here as useful words of wisdom, even if the wording and attribution may be inaccurate in some cases.)

Character Patience Perseverance Knowledge Health Humility
Forgiveness Friendship Teaching Commitment Optimism Piety
Repenting Consistency Courage Conviction Compassion Gratitude
Wisdom  Self-Discipline Motivation Creativity Leadership Cleanliness
 Peace Trustworthy/Authoritative Co-existence Skillful Diplomacy Contentment
Integrity Love Happy Calm Dignity Charity
Honesty Generosity Intention Justice

 

Attribute Qur’an Hadith Sayings of Companions (R.A.)
Sayings of Islamic Scholars (Rahimahumullah)
1. Character

(Synonyms: conduct, personality, quality)

“And indeed, you are of a great moral character.” [Quran; 68:4]

 

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often.” [Quran; 33:21]

 

“…And do not approach immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed…” [Quran; 6:151]

“The most beloved to me amongst you is the one who has the best character and manners.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“I was sent to perfect good character.” [Muwatta Malik]

 

“Every deen has an innate character. The character of Islam is modesty” [Muwatta Malik]

 

“Nothing is placed on the Scale that is heavier than good character. Indeed the person with good character will have attained the rank of the person of fasting and prayer.” [Tirmidhi]

 

“O Allah, I seek refuge in You from evil character, evil actions, and evil desires.” [Tirmidhi]

 

“I guarantee a house in the surroundings of Paradise for a man who avoids quarrelling even if he were in the right, a house in the middle of Paradise for a man who avoids lying even if he were joking, and a house in the upper part of Paradise for a man who made his character good.” [Abu Dawud]

 

Narrated AbuUmamah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “I guarantee a house in the surroundings of Paradise for a man who avoids quarrelling even if he were in the right, a house in the middle of Paradise for a man who avoids lying even if he were joking, and a house in the upper part of Paradise for a man who made his character good.” [Abu Dawud]

 

On the authority of Abu Dharr Jundub ibn Junadah, and Abu Abdur-Rahman Muadh bin Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Have taqwa (fear) of Allah wherever you may be, and follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out, and behave well towards the people. [Arba’oon An-Nawawi]

“If you want to control other people, first control yourself.” [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]

 

“The foundation of a man is his intellect, his honour is in his religion, and his chivalry is in his character.” [Umar Al-Khattab; Ihya Ulum ad-Deen]

 

“Whoever does not think that his speech is part of his deeds and that his character is part of his religion will be destroyed without even realizing.” [Abu Hurayrah]

 

“Humility is a part of noble character, and arrogance is the habit of villains. Humility inherits love, and contentment inherits comfort.” [Imam Ash-Shafi’i]

 

“He who is devoid of manners is devoid of knowledge. He who has no patience has no religion. He who has no piety is far from Allah’s intimacy.” [Hassan Al-Basri]

 

Ali said, “He who is devoid of sunnah of Allah, His messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and His intimate friends is devoid of everything.” He was asked, “What is the sunnah of Allah?” He replied, “It is to hide the shortcomings and secrets of people.” He was next asked, “What is the sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)?” He replied, “Good manners with people.” He was then asked, “What is the sunnah of alwiya?” He replied, “It is to endure patiently the bad manners of people.”

 

“Do not mix except with those who have good character; for the one who has good character brings nothing but good, whilst the one who has bad character brings nothing but evil.” [Al-Fudayl ibn Ayyad]

 

“A man who wanted to write hadîth would [learn] manners and worship for twenty years before starting.” [Sufyan Ath-Thawri]

 

“Goodness of character was the attribute of the master of messengers, and is the fruit of the pious and self-discipline of the people of constant worship. Bad character is a mortal poison, which set a distance between man and the proximity of the Lord of the Worlds, and induced him to follow the path of Satan the accursed. Foul characteristics are the very sickness of hearts and the diseases of the soul, constituting an illness which deprives man of everlasting life.” [Imam Al-Ghazali]

2. Patience

(Syn: tolerance, acceptance)

“O you who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” [Quran; 2:153]

 

“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient, who, when disaster strikes them, say, “Indeed we belong to Allah , and indeed to Him we will return.” Those are the ones upon whom are blessings from their Lord and mercy. And it is those who are the [rightly] guided.” [Quran; 2:155-157]

 

“O you who have believed, persevere and endure and remain stationed and fear Allah that you may be successful.” [Quran; 3:200]

 

“Those will be given their reward twice for what they patiently endured and [because] they avert evil through good, and from what We have provided them they spend.” [Quran; 28:54]

 

“O My servants who have believed, fear your Lord. For those who do good in this world is good, and the earth of Allah is spacious. Indeed, the patient will be given their reward without account.” [Quran; 39:10]

 

“Indeed, Allah is with the patient.” [Quran; 8:46]

 

“…And the angels will enter upon them from every gate, [saying], “Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.” [Quran; 13:23-24]

 

“Except for those who are patient and do righteous deeds; those will have forgiveness and great reward.” [Quran; 11:11]

 

“…And We have made some of you [people] as trial for others – will you have patience? And ever is your Lord, Seeing.” [Quran; 25:20]

Narrated Anas: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The real patience is at the first stroke of a calamity.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “When a man’s child dies, Allah, the Exalted, asks His angels, ‘Have you taken out the life of the child of My slave?’ and they reply in the affirmative. He (Subhanahu wa Ta’aala) then asks, ‘Have you taken the fruit of his heart?’ and they reply in the affirmative. Thereupon He asks, ‘What did my slave say?’ They say: ‘He praised You and said: Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un (We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return).’ Allah says: ‘Build a house for my slave in Jannah and name it Baitul-Hamd (the House of Praise).”‘ [Tirmidhi]

 

“And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and hardship with ease.” [40 Hadith Nawawi]

“Patience is the fruit of faith”. [Ali Ibn Abi Talib]

 

“Patience is to faith what the head is to the body. When patience goes, faith goes and when the head goes, the body goes.“ [Ali Ibn Abi Talib]

“Our happiness in this life and our salvation in the Hereafter depend on patience. “ [Ibn Al Qayyim]

 

“Guidance is not attained except with knowledge and correct direction is not attained except with patience.” [Ibn Taymiyyah]

3. Perseverance

(Syn: persistence, determination, continued attempts, Grit, Sisu)

And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah ]” [Quran; 2:45]

 

“So be patient, [O Muhammad]. Indeed, the promise of Allah is truth. And ask forgiveness for your sin and exalt [ Allah ] with praise of your Lord in the evening and the morning.” [Quran; 40:55]

 

“And I do not acquit myself. Indeed, the soul is a persistent enjoiner of evil, except those upon which my Lord has mercy. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.” [Quran; 12:53]

 

“Men are in charge of women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.” [Quran; 4:34]

Abu Huraira (Allah be pleased with him) reported the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) as saying: For one among my Ummah who shows endurance against the hardships and rigours of Medina, I would be an intercessor or a witness on his behalf on the Day of Resurrection. [Sahih Muslim]

 

Abu Huraira reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said: The supplication of every one of you is granted if he does not grow impatient and says: I supplicated but it was not granted. [Sahih Muslim]

 

Narrated Ka`b: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The example of a believer is that of a fresh tender plant, which the wind bends lt sometimes and some other time it makes it straight. And the example of a hypocrite is that of a pine tree which keeps straight till once it is uprooted suddenly. [Sahih Bukhari]

On the authority of Abu Amr Sufyan bin Abdullah ath-Thaqafee (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about al-Islam which I can ask of no one but you.” He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Say I believe in Allah — and then be steadfast.” [Muslim]

“Patience is the healthiest ingredient of our life.” [Umar ibn Khattab]

 

“Beware of persistence on sins, for it is the greatest of the greater sins and a serious crime.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

“There are four qualities such that if you were to be given them, you will not be harmed even if the world were to be taken away from you. They are:
good character, restraint in food, truthful words, and upholding a trust.” [Adab Al-Mufrad]

 

 

“Al-sabr is to persevere in holding back from what Allah has forbidden, and  acceptance of what Allah the Mighty and Majestic has commanded.” [Hassan Al-Basri]

 

“Satan rejoiced when Adam (peace be upon him) came out of Paradise, but he did not know that when a diver sinks into the sea, he collects pearls and then rises again.” [Ibn al-Qayyim]

 

“There cannot be a major sin along with seeking Allah’s forgiveness, nor a minor sin while being persistent upon it.” [Ibn Abbas]

4. Knowledge

(Syn: wisdom, expertise, intelligence, judgement)

“And so those who were given knowledge may know that it is the truth from your Lord and [therefore] believe in it, and their hearts humbly submit to it. And indeed is Allah the Guide of those who have believed to a straight path.” [Quran; 22:54]

 

“So high [above all] is Allah , the Sovereign, the Truth. And, [O Muhammad], do not hasten with [recitation of] the Qur’an before its revelation is completed to you, and say, “My Lord, increase me in knowledge.”” [Quran; 20:114]

Narrated Anas bin Malik: that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Whoever goes out seeking knowledge, then he is in Allah’s cause until he returns.” [Jami at-Tirmidi]

 

Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say, “O Allah! Grant me benefit in what you have taught me, and teach me useful knowledge and provide me with knowledge that will benefit me.” [Nasa’i and Al-Hakim]

 

Ibn ‘Umar (May Allah be pleased with them) reported:
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Envy is justified in regard to two types of persons only: a man whom Allah has given knowledge of the Qur’an, and so he recites it during the night and during the day; and a man whom Allah has given wealth and so he spends from it during the night and during the day.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

“If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge, Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. The angels will lower their wings in their great pleasure with one who seeks knowledge, the inhabitants of the heavens and the Earth and the fish in the deep waters will ask forgiveness for the learned man. The superiority of the learned man over the devout is like that of the moon, on the night when it is full, over the rest of the stars.” [Abu Dawud]

 

“And whoever follows a path to seek knowledge therein, Allah will make easy for him a path to Paradise. No people gather together in one of the Houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and studying it among themselves, except that sakeenah (tranquility) descends upon them, and mercy envelops them, and the angels surround them.” [40 Hadith Nawawi]

“Seek knowledge, because seeking it for the sake of Allah is a worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh. Through knowledge Allah will be known and worshipped. With the knowledge Allah will elevate people and make them leaders and imams, who will in turn guide other people.” [Muadh Ibn Jabal]

 

“Knowledge enlivens the soul.” [Ali ibn Talib]

 

“All humans are dead, except those who have knowledge. And all those who have knowledge are asleep, except those who do good deeds. And those who do good deeds are deceived, except those who are sincere. And those who are sincere are always in a state of worry.” [Imam Ash-Shafi’i]

 

“Knowledge exists potentially in the human soul like the seed in the soil; by learning the potential becomes actual.” [Imam Al-Ghazali]

 

“When you do not have knowledge, someone could bring you dirt and you will believe it to be gold.” [Ibn al-Qayyim]

 

“Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, the best companion during travels, and the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy.” [Muadh ibn Jabal]

 

“When one dwelves into knowledge-seeking, he will step into three phases. In the first phase, he will be arrogant. In the second phase, he will be humble. In the third phase, he realises he knows nothing.” [Sufyan at-Thawri]

5. Health

(Syn: wellness, well-being)

“O mankind!  There has come to you a good advice from your Lord (i.e. the Quran), and a healing for that which is in your hearts.” [Quran; 10:57]

 

“And We send down from the Quran that which is a healing and a mercy to those who believe…” [Quran; 17:82]

Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “There are two blessings which many people lose: (They are) Health and free time for doing good.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“The human does not fill any container that is worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat what will support his back. If this is not possible, then a third for food, a third for drink, and third for his breath.” [Tirmidhi]

 

“To eat less is healthy, to speak less is wisdom, and to sleep less is worship. To speak less is wisdom, to eat less is healthy and to mingle less with the people is safe and serene.” [Umar Ibn Al Khattab]

 

“Earn virtues in your spare time, because, your death might come upon a sudden Many healthy people I have seen who were free of disease, but then their soul parted upon a sudden.” [Imam Al-Bukhari]

 

Luqman Hakim once advised his son, “O my dear son, there are there parts to a human being: ruh (spirit), nafs (soul) and body (of flesh and blood). The ruh is for Allah, the nafs is for your deeds, and your body is for the insects.”

 

6. Humility

(Syn: humbleness)

“And turn not your face away from men with pride, nor walk in insolence through the earth.  Verily, God likes not each arrogant boaster.” [Quran; 31:18]

 

“And the slaves of God are those who walk on the earth in humility and calmness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness.” [Quran; 25:63]

 

“Whenever We sent a prophet to a society, We took up its people in suffering and adversity, in order that they might learn humility.[Quran; 7:94]

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth and the servant who forgives Allah adds to his respect, and the one who shows humility Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people). [Sahih Muslim]

 

Jundub reported Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: He who wants to publicise (his deeds), Allah will publicise (his humility), and he who makes a hypocritical display (of his deeds), Allah will make a display of him. [Sahih Muslim]

 

‘Iyad bin Himar (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Verily, Allah has revealed to me that you should adopt humility. So that no one may wrong another andno one may be disdainful and haughty towards another.”
[Muslim]

 

It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “He who has, in his heart, an ant’s weight of arrogance will not enter Jannah.” Someone said: “A man likes to wear beautiful clothes and shoes?” Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Allah is Beautiful, He loves beauty. Arrogance means ridiculing and rejecting the Truth and despising people.” [Muslim]

“When you offer any sadaqah to a beggar, do it with humility and respect, for what you are offering is an offer to Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He).” [Abu bakr As-Siddiq]

 

“There is greatness in the fear of God, contentment in faith of God, and honour
in humility.” [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]

 

“When a noble man learns knowledge he becomes humble, [whereas] when an ignoble person gains knowledge, he [becomes]  conceited.” [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]

“If you are aware of your humility, then you are arrogant.” [Ibn Ata’illah]

 

“The sign of God’s love is to bestow three attributes on His lover: A generosity like that of the sea, a kindness like that of the sun, and, a humility like that of the earth.” [Bayazid]

 

“The more humble,  needy and subdued you are before Allah, the closer you will be to Him.” [Ibn Taymiyyah]

 

“I know of nothing more useful to you than four matters: surrender to Allah, to humbly entreat Him, to think the best of Him, and to perpetually renew your repentance to Him, even if you should repeat as in seventy times in a day.” [Ibn Ataullah]

 

“When someone offends me, I’ll think that God sends that person to teach me humility.” [Ibn Qayyim]

 

“To be humble is to accept the truth and submit to it even when you heard it from the tongue of a child, an uneducated one, or an ignorant person.” [Fudayl ibn Iyad]

 

“Don’t be arrogant just because you worship a lot. For consider what happened to Iblees (Satan) after he spent thousands of years of worship.” [Hasan al-Basri]

7. Forgiveness

(Syn: releasing ill feelings, showing compassion, amnesty, clemency)

“And the men and the women who remember Allah much with their hearts and tongues. Allah has prepared for them forgiveness and a great reward (i.e. Paradise)” [Quran; 33:35]

 

“Hold to forgiveness, command what is right, and turn away from the ignorant.” [Quran; 7:199]

 

“…and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like that Allah should forgive you?” [Quran; 24:22]

 

“And indeed, the Hour is coming; so forgive with gracious forgiveness.” [Quran; 15:85]

 

“Who spend [in the cause of Allah] during ease and hardship and who restrain anger and who pardon the people – and Allah loves the doers of good;” [Quran; 3:134]

 

“And whoever is patient and forgives – indeed, that is of the matters [requiring] determination.” [Quran; 42:43]

 

“Kind speech and forgiveness are better than charity followed by injury. And Allah is Free of need and Forbearing.” [Quran; 2:263]

 

“And the retribution for an evil act is an evil one like it, but whoever pardons and makes reconciliation – his reward is [due] from Allah . Indeed, He does not like wrongdoers.” [Quran; 42:40]

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Sometimes I perceive a veil over my heart, and I supplicate Allah for forgiveness a hundred times in a day.” [Muslim]

 

On the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: Allah the Almighty said: O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great as it. [Hadith Qudsi]

 

Narrated Anas ibn Malik: I never saw the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) that some dispute which involved retaliation was brought to him but he commanded regarding it for remission. [Abu Dawud]

 

It was narrated that Anas bin Malik said: “A man brought the killer of his relative to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Pardon him,’ but the refused. He said: ‘Take the blood money,’ but he refused. He said: ‘Go and kill him, but then you will be like him.’ Someone caught up with him and reminded him that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) had said: ‘Go and kill him, but then you will be like him.’ So he let him go. [Ibn Majah]

 

“Love your beloved moderately, perhaps he becomes hated to you someday. And hate whom you hate moderately, perhaps he becomes your beloved someday.” [Tirmidhi]

 

“The Compassionate One has mercy on those who are merciful. If you show mercy to those who are on the earth, He Who is in the heaven will show mercy to you.” [Abu Dawud]

“Forgive people so that God may forgive you.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“I ask Allah for forgiveness if I have done wrong, and I have already forgiven if I have been wronged by other.” [Uthman ibn Affan]

“I seek forgiveness from Allah for the lack of my sincerity when I say I seek the forgiveness of Allah.” [Rabiah Al-Adawiyyah]

 

8. Friendship

(Syn: companionship, harmony, devotion, accord, closeness)

“And the believers, men and women, are protecting friends of one another, they enjoin the right and forbid the wrong” [Quran; 9:71]

 

“The believers are naught else than brothers. Therefore make peace between your brethren and observe your duty to Allah that haply ye may obtain mercy” [Quran; 49:10]

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah(peace be upon him) said: “A man is upon the religion of his friend, so let one of you look at whom he befriends.” [Tirmidhi]

 

“Do not harbour grudge against one another, nor jealousy, nor enmity; and do not show your backs to one another; and become as fellow brothers and slaves of Allah. It is not lawful for a Muslim to avoid speaking with his brother beyond three days.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

 

“He is a friend who brings to your attention your faults and to sing praises of a person in his presence is similar to slaughtering him.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“A mu’min (believer) does not keep as his friend one who is opposed to Almighty Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He) and His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) even though that person may be his mother or father.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

Above all other things, the one thing that I found to benefit a person most in this world and the Hereafter is a suitable brother (friend).” [Sufyan Ath-Thawri]

 

“O my Lord, whatever share of this world You have bestowed on me, bestow it to my enemies, and whatever share of the next world You have for me, give it to my friends.
You are enough for me.”
[Rabia Al-Adawiyya]

 

9. Teaching

(Syn: education, instruction, knowledge-sharing)

“And He taught Adam all the names, then presented them to the angels; He said : Tell Me the names of those if you are right.” [Quran; 2:31]

 

“Who taught by the pen, Taught man what he knew not” [Quran: 96:4-5]

Ibn Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Envy is permitted only in two cases: A man whom Allah gives wealth, and he disposes of it rightfully, and a man to whom Allah gives knowledge which he applies and teaches it.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]Narrated ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr: that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Convey from me, even if it be an Ayah, and narrate from the Children of Isra’il, and there is no harm, And whoever lies upon me purposely, then let him take his seat in the Fire.” [Tirmidhi]
“Learn knowledge and teach it to the people. Learn how to have yourselves an aura of dignity and peace. Be humble to those that have taught you knowledge. And do not be haughty scholars; otherwise, your knowledge will not rise due to your ignorance.” [Umar ibn Al- Khattab]

 

“Whoever educates himself and improves his own morals and character is
superior to the man who tries to teach and train others.”  [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

“Even if a person reads and teaches a hundred thousand books on intellectual and knowledgeable issues but does not act on any of it, then it will not benefit him at all.” [Imam Al-Ghazali]

 

“Knowledge gives birth to other knowledge! Any time you learn something, you should write it down. Review and revisit notes. You take notes on the basis of teaching others.” [Imam Al-Ghazali]

10. Commitment

(Syn: enthusiasm, passion, keen interest, devotion)

“Maintain with care the [obligatory] prayers and [in particular] the middle prayer and stand before Allah, devoutly obedient.” [Quran; 2:238]

 

“One who was devoted to the Qur’an will be told to recite, ascend and recite carefully as he recited carefully when he was in the world, for he will reach his abode when he comes to the last verse he recites.” [Abu Dawud]

 

Yahya related to me from Malik that Yahya ibn Said said, ”Ubada ibn al-Walid ibn Ubada ibn as-Samit informed me from his father that his grandfather (Ubada) said, ‘We made a contract with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, to hear and obey in ease and hardship, enthusiasm and reluctance, and not to dispute with people in authority and to speak or establish the truth wherever we were without worrying about criticism.'” [Muwatta Malik]

 

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “(Allah said), ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“We need spirited, energetic and strong young people whose hearts are filled with life, enthusiasm, zeal and dynamism; whose souls are full of ambition, aspiration and vigor and have great goals, rising and aspiring to reach them until they eventually arrive at their destination.”  [Hasan Al-Banna]

 

11. Optimism

(Syn: hope, positive thinking)

“So lose not heart, nor fall into despair: For ye must gain mastery if ye are true in Faith.”[Quran; 3:139]

”For those whose hopes are in the meeting with Allah (in the Hereafter, let them strive); for the term (appointed) by Allah is surely coming and He hears and knows (all things).”[Quran; 29:5]

 

“…And whoever fears Allah – He will make for him a way out. And will provide for him from where he does not expect. And whoever relies upon Allah – then He is sufficient for him. Indeed, Allah will accomplish His purpose. Allah has already set for everything a [decreed] extent.” [Quran; 65:2-3]

 

“…Allah does not charge a soul except [according to] what He has given it. Allah will bring about, after hardship, ease.” [Quran; 65:7]

 

“For indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. Indeed, with hardship [will be] ease. So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship]. And to your Lord direct [your] longing.” [Quran; 94:5-8]

 

“…O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” [Quran; 39:53]

 

“Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, “When is the help of Allah?” Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near.” [Quran; 2:214]

 

“There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often. And when the believers saw the companies, they said, “This is what Allah and His Messenger had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger spoke the truth.” And it increased them only in faith and acceptance.” [Quran; 33:21-22]

 

“We have given you good tidings in truth, so do not be of the despairing.”….. “And who despairs of the mercy of his Lord except for those astray?” [Quran; 15:55-56]

 

“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.” [Quran; 18:46]

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm (with glad tidings) and do not repulse (them). [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“No fatigue, nor disease, nor sorrow, nor sadness, nor hurt, nor distress befalls a Muslim, even if it were the prick he receives from a thorn, but that Allah expiates some of his sins for that.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

It was narrated that Abu Sa’eed Al Khudri said:
“Shall I not tell you what I heard directly from the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ)? I heard it and memorized it: ‘A man killed ninety-nine people, then the idea of repentance occurred to him. He asked who was the most knowledgeable of people on earth, and he was told of a man so he went to him and said: “I have killed ninety-nine people. Can I repent?” He said: “After ninety-nine people?!” He said: ‘So he drew his sword and killed him, thus completing one hundred. Then the idea of repentance occurred to him (again), so he asked who was the most knowledgeable of people, and he was told of a man (so he went to him) and said: “I have killed one hundred people. Can I repent?” He said: “Woe to you, what is stopping you from repenting? Leave the evil town where you are living and go to a good town, such and such town and worship your Lord there.” So he went out, heading for the good town, but death came to him on the road. The angels of mercy and angels of punishment argued over him. Iblis (Satan) said: “I have more right to him, for he never disobeyed me for a moment.” But the angels of mercy said: “He went out repenting.” (One of the narrators) Hammam said: “Humaid At-Tawil narrated to me from Bakr bin Abdullah that Abu Rafi said: ‘So Allah (SWT) sent an angel to whom they referred (the case). He said: “Look and see which of the two towns was he closer, and put him with its people.” (One of the narrators) Qatadah said: “Hasan narrated to us: ‘When death came to him he strove and drew closer to the good town, and farther away from the evil town, so they put him with the people of the good town.” [Ibn Majah]

 

Narrated Ali (may Allah be pleased with her): Fatima (may Allah be pleased with her) complained of what she suffered from the hand mill and from grinding, when she got the news that some slave girls of the booty had been brought to Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). She went to him to ask for a maid-servant, but she could not find him, and told `Aisha of her need. When the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came, Aisha informed him of that. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) came to our house when we had gone to our beds. (On seeing the Prophet) we were going to get up, but he said, ‘Keep at your places,’ I felt the coolness of the Prophet’s feet on my chest. Then he said, “Shall I tell you a thing which is better than what you asked me for? When you go to your beds, say: ‘Allahu Akbar (i.e. Allah is Greater)’ for 34 times, and ‘Al hamdu Li llah (i.e. all the praises are for Allah)’ for 33 times, and Subhan Allah (i.e. Glorified be Allah) for 33 times. This is better for you than what you have requested.” [Bukhari]

 “Meet the people in such a manner that if you die, they should weep for you, and if you live, they should long for you.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

“My sin burdened me heavily. But when I measured it against Your Grace, O Lord, Your forgiveness came out greater.” [Imam Shafi’i]

 

12. Piety

(Syn: religiousness, dutifulness)

“It is not Birr that you turn your faces towards east and (or) west; but Birr is the one who believes in Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the kinsfolk, to the orphans, and to Al-Masakin (the poor), and to the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and to set servants free, performs As-Salah (Iqamat-As-Salah), and gives the Zakah, and who fulfill their covenant when they make it, and who are patient in extreme poverty and ailment (disease) and at the time of fighting (during the battles). Such are the people of the truth and they are Al-Muttaqun (the pious)“  [Quran; 2:177]

 

“O you who believe! Stand out firmly for Allah and be just witnesses and let not the enmity and hatred of others make you avoid justice. Be just: that is nearer to piety, and fear Allah. Verily, Allah is Well-Acquainted with what you do.” [Quran; 5:8]

On the authority of Abu Dharr Jundub ibn Junadah, and Abu Abdur-Rahman Muadh bin Jabal (may Allah be pleased with him), that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: Have taqwa (fear) of Allah wherever you may be, and follow up a bad deed with a good deed which will wipe it out, and behave well towards the people. [Arba’oon An-Nawawi]

 

An-Nawwas bin Sam’an (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Piety is good manner, and sin is that which creates doubt and you do not like people to know of it.” [Muslim]

 

“Whoever is pleased with Allah as (his) Lord, and Islam as (his) religion, and Muhammad as (his) Prophet, then he has tasted the sweetness of faith.” [Tirmidhi]

 

How wonderful is the case of a believer; there is good for him in everything and this applies only to a believer. If prosperity attends him, he expresses gratitude to Allah and that is good for him; and if adversity befalls him, he endures it patiently and that is better for him”. [Muslim]

“It is a must for the reciter of the Qur’an to recite at night when the people are sleeping, and during the day when they are eating, and with weeping when the people are laughing, with piety when they are heedless, and with sadness when the people are happy.” [Ibn Masood]

 

“True knowledge is not measured in relationship to how much you memorise and then narrate, but rather, true knowledge is an expression of piety [protecting oneself from what Allah prohibited and acting upon what He mandated].” [Ibn Masood]

“These people have become bored with worship, and speech has become light upon (their tongue), and their piety has decreased and that is why they speak.” [Al-Hasan Al-Basri]

 

“I left Baghdad, and I did not leave behind me a man better, having more knowledge, or greater fiqh (understanding), nor having greater taqwaa (piety) than Ahmad Ibn Hanbal.” [Imam Shafi’i]

13. Repenting

(Syn: regretting, turning back)

“But those who committed evil deeds and then repented afterwards and believed, verily, your Lord after (all) that is indeed Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”  [Quran; 7:153]

 

“It is He Who accepts repentance from His servants and pardons evil acts and knows what they do.” [Quran; 26: 25]

 

Anas bin Malik Al-Ansari (MayAllah be pleased with him) the servant of the Messenger of Allah narrated: Messenger of Allah (peace bee upon him) said, “Verily, Allah is more delighted with the repentance of His slave than a person who lost his camel in a desert land and then finds it (unexpectedly)”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

“To stop sinning is easier than to bear the burden of seeking repentance.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“If anyone stumbles then he must repent. If anyone errs then he must repent. And no one must insist on (the path of) destruction. If anyone insists on tyranny then he is far away from the path.” [Uthman ibn Affan]

“The sign of repentance [is]: weeping at what has preceded, fear of falling into sin, leaving evil company and maintaining the company of the good.” [Shaqeeq Al-Balkhi]

 

“Indeed the rights of Allah are far greater than the servant can fulfill, and indeed the blessings of Allah are far more than can be counted, however, be repentful in the morning and evening (i.e. throughout the day).” [Talq ibn Habeeb]

 

“Do not get tired of standing at His door, even if you were thrown out And do not stop apologizing to Him, even if you were turned back And if He opens the door for the ones who were accepted, then enter (with them) the entrance of the ones who were unexpected and say, ‘Miskeen (poor) so give me Sadaqah (charity)” [Ibn al-Qayyim]

14. Consistency

(Syn: being regular)

“Allah has sent down the best statement: a consistent Book wherein is reiteration. The skins shiver therefrom of those who fear their Lord; then their skins and their hearts relax at the remembrance of Allah . That is the guidance of Allah by which He guides whom He wills. And one whom Allah leaves astray – for him there is no guide.” [Quran; 39:23]

 

“Do they not consider the Qur’an (with care)? Had it been from other than Allah they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.”[Quran; 4:82]

Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “Take on only as much as you can do of good deeds, for the best of deeds is that which is done consistently, even if it is little.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

 

Narrated `Ali: “While we were sitting with the Prophet (peace be upon him) who had a stick with which he was scraping the earth, he lowered his head and said, “There is none of you but has his place assigned either in the Fire or in Paradise.” Thereupon a man from the people said, “Shall we not depend upon this, O Allah’s Apostle?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “No, but carry on and do your deeds, for everybody finds it easy to do such deeds (as will lead him to his place).” The Prophet (peace be upon him) then recited the Verse: ‘As for him who gives (in charity) and keeps his duty to Allah..’ [Quran; 92:5]” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

A’isha, the wife of Allah’s Apostle (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), reported that Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say, “Observe moderation (in doing deeds), and if you fail to observe it perfectly, try to do as much as you can do (to live up to this ideal of moderation) and be happy for none would be able to get into Paradise because of his deeds alone.” They (the Companions) said, “Allah’s Messenger, not even you?” Thereupon he (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Not even I, but that Allah wraps me in His Mercy, and bear this in mind that the deed loved most by Allah is one which is done constantly even though it is small.” [Muslim]

“Whoever tries to attain knowledge in one stroke, it will likewise leave him in one stroke. Verily, knowledge is attained over the period of days and nights.’” [Ibn Shuhaib Az-Zuharee]

 

15. Courage

(Syn: bravery, boldness)

“(Prophets are) those who conveyed Allah’s Message and feared Him, fearing no one except Allah. Allah suffices as a Reckoner” [Quran; 33:39]

 

“Believers are those to whom people said, “The people have gathered against you, so fear them.” But that merely increased their faith and they said, “Allah is enough for us and the Best of Guardians.” So they returned with blessings and bounty from Allah and no evil touched them. They pursued the pleasure of Allah. Allah’s favor is indeed immense.”[Quran; 3: 173-174]

On the authority of Abu Sa’id (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Let not any one of you belittle himself. They said: O Messenger of Allah, how can any one of us belittle himself? He said: He finds a matter concerning Allah about which he should say something, and he does not say [it], so Allah (mighty and sublime be He) says to him on the Day of Resurrection: What prevented you from saying something about such-and-such and such-and-such? He say: [It was] out of fear of people. Then He says: Rather it is I whom you should more properly fear. It was related by Ibn Majah with a sound chain of authorities. [40 Hadith Qudsi]

 

Narrated Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) was the best, the bravest and the most generous of all the people. Once when the people of Medina got frightened, the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) rode a horse and went ahead of them and said, “We found this horse very fast.” [Bukhari]

“Be sympathetic towards the poor so that they may be able to speak and build courage.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“He that has no courage has no religion.” [Ali Ibn Abi Talib]

“Truthfulness is composed of justice and courage.” [Ibn Hazm]

 

“Know that beauty is two types: external and internal. Internal beauty is loved for itself; it is the beauty of knowledge, reason, generosity, chastity and courage. That inside beauty is what God looks at and loves in His servant. Moreover, inside beauty beautifies the external image even if it is not appealing, when the person is covered with reverence, sweetness and beautiful manners as much as his soul acquires of those features. A believer is granted reverence and beauty according to his faith, so he is revered by those who meet him and loved by those who deal with him. This is commonly observed as you can see the righteous, charitable and well-mannered man projecting the nicest impression even if he is plain in looks, especially when he has been blessed with keeping night prayers as they illuminate the face and beautify it.” [Ibn Al-Qayyim”

16. Conviction

(Syn: strong belief, being convinced, having faith)

“And those who believe and do righteous deeds and believe in what has been sent down upon Muhammad – and it is the truth from their Lord – He will remove from them their misdeeds and amend their condition.” [Quran; 47:2]

 

“You shall know that: “There is no other god beside God” [Quran; 47:19]

 

“(They are those) who are certain that they are going to meet their Lord, and that unto Him they are going to return.” [Quran; 2:46]

 

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah,” and then remained on a right course – there will be no fear concerning them, nor will they grieve.” [Quran; 46:13]

 

“Indeed, those who have said, “Our Lord is Allah ” and then remained on a right course – the angels will descend upon them, [saying], “Do not fear and do not grieve but receive good tidings of Paradise, which you were promised.” [Quran; 41:30]

Sufyan bin Abdullah ath- Thaqafee (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I said, “O Messenger of Allah, tell me something about al-Islam which I can ask of no one but you.” He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Say I believe in Allah — and then be steadfast.” [Muslim]

 

 “We ask Allâh for a lasting faith (îmân), true certainty and beneficial knowledge.” [Abu ad-Darda]

 

 

 “Verily, you will find the believer (muʾmin) consistent time after time, upon one way, showing the same face; [whereas] you will find the hypocrite (munāfiq) changing colors, trying to be like everyone around him, running with every wind.” [Hasan Al Basri]

 

17. Compassion

(Syn: mercy, empathy, pity)

“It is a mercy from Allah  that you were gentle with them. If you had been rough or hard of heart, they would have scattered from around you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them, and consult with them about the matter. Then when you have reached a firm decision, put your trust in Allah. Allah  loves those who put their trust in Him” [Quran; 3:159]

 

“And We have not sent you, [O Muhammad], except as a mercy to the worlds” [Quran; 21:107]

 

“Go to Pharaoh; he has overstepped the bounds. But speak to him with gentle words so that hopefully he will pay heed or show some fear” [Quran; 20:43-44]

 

“Say, ‘O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.’” [Quran; 39-53]

 

“When the Qur’an is read, listen to it with attention, and hold your peace: that ye may receive Mercy.” [Quran; 7:204]

On the authority of Ibn Abbas (Radhiallahu anhu) from the Messenger of Allah (Sallallaahu ‘alaihi wasallam) is that among the sayings he relates from his Lord (Glorified and Exalted be He) is that he said:
Allah has written down the good deeds and the bad ones. Then He explained it [by saying that] he who has intended a good deed and has not done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as a full good deed, but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as from ten (10) good deeds to seven hundred (700) times, or many times over.
But if he has intended a bad deed and has not done it, Allah writes it down with Himself as a full good deed, but if he has intended it and has done it, Allah writes it down as one bad deed.” [Bukhari and Muslim]Anas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “If there is roughness in anything it is bound to disgrace it. Allah is compassionate and loves compassion.” [Adab Al-Mufrad]Narrated Abdullah ibn Amr ibn al-‘As: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: The Compassionate One has mercy on those who are merciful. If you show mercy to those who are on the earth, He Who is in the heaven will show mercy to you. [Abu Dawud]Abu Hurairah narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “Verily, Allah when He created the creation, He wrote with His Hand concerning Himself, that: ‘My mercy prevails over My wrath.’” [Tirmidhi]Allah created one hundred (parts of mercy) and He distributed one amongst His creation and kept this one hundred excepting one with Himself (for the Day of Resurrection). [Sahih Muslim]”He who is deprived of forbearance and gentleness is, in fact, deprived of all good.” [Muslim]
“Do not have faith in a person’s compassion and politeness when he cannot keep his anger under control.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“Allah (Glorified and Exalted be He), shower your blessings of mercy on that person who informs me of my faults.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“He is the wisest and the most knowing man who advises people not to lose hope and faith in the mercy of Allah and not to be too sure and over-confident of immunity from His wrath and punishment.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

“Encompass your mercy and compassion to animals and all creatures. Do not say, this is inanimate being and has no awareness. Indeed, it does; it is you yourself who have no awareness! So let existence be as it is, and be compassionate towards it with the compassion of the Creator in the midst of His creation.” [Ibn Ata’allah Al-Iskandari]

 

“… They should not prevent the youth, if he knows something, from speaking about what he has knowledge of. Perhaps a person may be young in age, but elder with regards to his knowledge. And Allah blesses whom He wills through wisdom and mercy.” [Ibn Abdil-Barr]

 

“May Allah have mercy on a man who works deeds for the likes of this day. For surely, today you have the ability to work deeds the likes of which your brothers in these graves don’t. So take advantage of good health and free time before the great terror and reckoning comes.” [Abdul Waahid Ibn Safwaan]

18. Gratitude

(Syn: thankfulness, acknowledging the Giver)

“. . . then when (Sulaiman (Solomon)) saw it placed before him, he said: “This is by the Grace of my Lord to test me whether I am grateful or ungrateful! And whoever is grateful, truly, his gratitude is for (the good of) his own self, and whoever is ungrateful, (he is ungrateful only for the loss of his own self). Certainly! My Lord is Rich (Free of all wants), Bountiful” [Quran – 27: 40]

 

“Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, and be thank­ful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me” [Quran; 2:152]

Narrated Abu Hurayrah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: He who does not thank the people is not thankful to Allah. [Abu Dawud]

 

It was narrated that Ziyad bin Ilaqah said: “I heard Al-Mughirah bin Shu’bah say: ‘The Prophet (peace be upon him) stood (in prayer at night) until his feet swelled up, and it was said to him: Allah has forgiven your past and future sins. He said: “Should I not be a thankful slave?'” [Sunan An-Nasai]

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said, “Any matter of importance which is not begun with Al-hamdu lillah (praise be to Allah) remains defective.” [Abu Dawud]

 

 

“The way to express gratitude to Allah is to give Zakat out of the property He has bestowed on you.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“He who does not thank Allah for small favours will not thank Him for great ones; and he who does not express gratitude to people (for doing him favours) will not express gratitude towards Allah. Appreciating and mentioning the favour bestowed upon one from Allah is gratitude, and not doing so expresses ingratitude.” [An-Nu’maan ibn Al-Basheer]

 

“If patience and gratitude had been she camels, it would have mattered little on which I rode.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“Gratitude is built upon five pillars: Submissiveness to Allah from the one expressing gratitude; lov­ing Him for it; acknowledging His favor; praising Him for it; and not utilizing it in a way that displeases Him.” [Ibn al-Qayyim]

 

“O Allah! I seek refuge in You from meeting Your favors with ungratefulness or denying them after knowing them, or forgetting them and not mentioning them with praise (i.e., praising You).” [Umar ibn Abdul-Azeez]

 

“The religion consists of two halves; one half is represented by gratitude and the other half is by perseverance. Scholars have disputed regarding who is better, a rich person who is grateful, or a poor person who is patient, but it seems that it is best for the rich person to be grateful, and for the poor to persevere.” [Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim]

 

“We should be thankful. One of the greatest parts of our spiritual path should be thankfulness. No matter what happens. No matter what happens.Your destiny is Allah.The best provision is piety. Knowledge is not what is memorised. Knowledge is what benefits.” [Imam Shafi’i]

 

“Iman is of two halves; half is patience (sabr) and half is being thankful (shukr).”  [Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah]

19. Wisdom

(Syn: wiseness, maturity, deep understanding, prudence)

“He grants Hikmah(wisdom) to whom He pleases, and he, to whom Hikmah (wisdom) is granted, is indeed granted abundant good. But none remember (will receive admonition) except men of understanding.” [Quran; 2:269]

 

“And I taught you the ‘Ketab’ (Scripture) and ‘Al-Hekmah’(wisdom).” [Quran 5-110]

Shaddad bin Aus (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “A wise man is the one who calls himself to account (and refrains from doing evil deeds) and does noble deeds to benefit him after death; and the foolish person is the one who subdues himself to his temptations and desires and seeks from Allah the fulfillment of his vain desires”. [At-Tirmidhi]

 

“When Allah wishes good for someone, He bestows upon him the understanding of Deen.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

 

It was narrated from ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “There is no (permissible) envy except in two cases: A man whom Allah has given wealth and caused him to dispose of it in a proper manner, and a man to whom Allah has given wisdom, and he acts in accordance with it and teaches it (to others).” [Ibn Majah]

“Good behaviour towards people is equivalent to wisdom, to request politely is half of knowledge, and to ascribe to sound policies is half of one’s livelihood.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“To eat less is healthy, to speak less is wisdom, and to sleep less is worship.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“… They should not prevent the youth, if he knows something, from speaking about what he has knowledge of. Perhaps a person may be young in age, but elder with regards to his knowledge. And Allah blesses whom He wills through wisdom and mercy.” [Ibn Abdil-Barr]

 

“When the heart is nourished with dhikr, its thirst quenched with contemplation and cleansed from corruption, it shall witness remarkable and wondrous matters and be inspired with wisdom.” [Ibn al Qayyim]

 

“Reflection is the lamp of the heart. If it departs, the heart will have no light.” [Abd Allah ibn Alawi al-Haddad]

 

A wise man said, “Four deeds are good. But these are even better depending on the time and the people involved. (These are (1) Shyness (or modesty) in man is good but is better in woman. (2) Doing justice is good for all but is better for the rulers and leaders. (3) Repentance is good for the elderly but is better for young men. (4) Generosity is good for the affluent but is better for the indigent.”

A wise man said, “Four deeds are bad, but these are even worse depending on the time and the people involved: (1) Committing sin is bad for young men but is worse for the elderly. (2) Engagement in worldly affairs is bad for laymen but is worse for the learned. (3) Laziness in worship is bad for all but is worse for both teachers and students. (4) Pride is bad for the wealthy but is worse for the indigent.”

 

20. Self-Discipline

(Syn: self-control, moderation, stoicism, temperance)

“And as for him who fears to stand in the presence of his Lord and forbids his own soul from its whims and caprices then surely Paradise is the abode.” [Quran; -79:40-41]

 

“Verily, Allaah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves” [Quran- 13:11]

 

“If any of you have not the means wherewith to wed free believing women, they may wed believing girls from among those whom your right hands possess: And Allah hath full knowledge about your faith. Ye are one from another: Wed them with the leave of their owners, and give them their dowers, according to what is reasonable: They should be chaste, not lustful, nor taking paramours: when they are taken in wedlock, if they fall into shame, their punishment is half that for free women. This (permission) is for those among you who fear sin; but it is better for you that ye practise self-restraint. And Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” [Quran; 4:25]

 

“O ye who believe fasting is prescribed to you
as it was prescribed to those before you,that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” [Quran; 2:183]

Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon hi) said, “The strong is not the one who overcomes the people by his strength, but the strong is the one who controls himself while in anger.” [Bukhari]

 

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: The strong-man is not one who wrestles well but the strong man is one who controls himself when he is in a fit of rage. [Sahih Muslim]

“If you want to control other people, first control yourself.” [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]

 

“Don’t  forget your own self while preaching to others.“ [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

“Do you not see, may Allah have mercy on you, that your Lord Most Generous is urging you to discipline yourself and your families. Pay heed to Allah and make yourselves adhere to that.” [Sa’eed ibn Jubayr]

 

“Discipline and train yourselves and your families to adhere to the commands of Allah, may He be glorified and exalted.” [Ar-Rabee‘ ibn Anas]

 

“The most clever amongst you is the one who remembers the day of resurrection and the judgment.” [Hasan Al-Basri]

21. Motivation/Ambition

(Syn: desire, need, aim, dream, interest, curious, energy)

[And let not those of virtue among you and wealth swear not to give [aid] to their relatives and the needy and the emigrants for the Cause of Allaah, and let them pardon and overlook. Would you not like (it) that Allaah should forgive you? And Allaah is Forgiving and Merciful” [Quran; 24:22]

 

“[O Muhammad], inform My servants that it is I who am the Forgiving, the Merciful. And that it is My punishment which is the painful punishment.” [Quran; 15:49-50]

 

“Perhaps those who disbelieve will wish that they had been Muslims. Let them eat and enjoy themselves and be diverted by [false] hope, for they are going to know.” [Quran; 15:2-3]

 

It was narrated that Abu Hurairah said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Whoever relieves a Muslim of some worldly distress, Allah will relieve him of some of the distress of the Day of Resurrection, and whoever conceals (the faults of) a Muslim, Allah will conceal him (his faults) in this world and the Day of Resurrection. And whoever relives the burden from a destitute person, Allah will relieve him in this world and the next. Allah will help His slave so long as His slave helps his brother. Whoever follows a path in pursuit of knowledge, Allah will make easy fro him a path to paradise. No people gather in one of the houses of Allah, reciting the Book of Allah and teaching it to one another, but the angels will surround them, tranquility will descend upon them, mercy will envelop them and Allah will mention them to those who are with Him. And whoever is hindered because of his bad deeds, his lineage will be of no avail to him.'” [Ibn Majah]

 

It was narrated from Asma’ bint Yazid that she heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: “Shall I not tell you of the best of you?” They said: “Yes, O Messenger of Allah.” He said: “The best of you are those who, when they are seen, Allah the Mighty, the Majestic, is remembered.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

 

Abu Hurayrah that he said, “I heard the Prophet saying: ‘The heart of an old man remains young in two respects: his love for this worldly life and his excessive ambitions in it.’ ” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (peace be upon him) drew a few lines and said, “This is (man’s) hope, and this is the instant of his death, and while he is in this state (of hope), the nearer line (death) comes to Him.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“Value five things before five others come to pass: value youth before old age, health before illness, affluence before poverty, leisure before becoming too busy and value life before death.” [Source]

“Whoever educates himself and improves his own morals and character is
superior to the man who tries to teach and train others.”  [Ali ibn Abi Talib]”If you expect the blessings of God, be kind to His people.” [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]“Fast the hot days in anticipation of the Day of Resurrection, and pray in the dark night in anticipation of the dark grave.” [Abu Ad-Darda]
“After asking Allah to guide you to the straight path, don’t just stand there … start walking!” [Albaz]

 

 

“My sin burdened me heavily. But when I measured it against Your Grace, O Lord, Your forgiveness came out greater.” [Imam Shafi’i]

 

“There is an important rationale behind ambitions in this worldly life. Having ambitions in this worldly life is not totally dispraised as without it no one would be able to enjoy his life or look forward to doing anything that is related to this world. What is dispraised is having extensive ambitions in this worldly life and not preparing for the Hereafter. As long as a person is safe from this, he is not required to totally abstain from having ambitions in this world. Ignorance and love for this world are the causes behind this disease.” [Ibn Hajar]

 

“We need spirited, energetic and strong young people whose hearts are filled with life, enthusiasm, zeal and dynamism; whose souls are full of ambition, aspiration and vigor and have great goals, rising and aspiring to reach them until they eventually arrive at their destination.” [Hasan al-Banna]

 

22. Creativity

(Syn: innovation, vision, imagination, intuition, foresight)

“Say: Travel through the earth and see how Alah did originate creation; so will Allah produce later creation, for Allah has power over all things” [Quran; 29:20]

 

“And (do) not pursue what not you have of it any knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, and the sight, and the heart all those will be [about it] questioned.”[Quran; 17:36]

Abu Qatadah said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (May peace be upon him) say: A good vision comes from Allah and a dream (hulm) from the devil, so when one of you sees what he dislikes, he must spit on his left (three times), and seek refuge in Allah from its evil. It will then not harm him. [Abu Dawud]

 

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) as saying: Verily the vision of a believer is one of the forty-sixth part of Prophecy. [Sahih Muslim]

“The vision of the eye is limited; the vision of the heart transcends all barriers of time and space.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

“One who often thinks and reflects develops his foresight and vision.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

“Make a purpose for life, then utilise all your strength to achieve it. You would definitely be successful.” [Uthman ibn Affan]

23. Leadership

(Syn: influencing others in their thoughts and actions)

“And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practise regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only).”[Quran; 21:73]

 

“And We appointed, from among them, leaders, giving guidance under Our command, so long as they persevered with patience and continued to have faith in Our Signs.” [Quran; 32:24]

(See Conflict Resolution)

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Huraira that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: It is obligatory for you to listen to the ruler and obey him in adversity and prosperity, in pleasure and displeasure, and even when another person is given (rather undue) preference over you. [Sahih Muslim]

 

It has been narrated on the authority of Abu Malik that Ubaidullah b. Ziyad visited Ma’qil b. Yaser in the latter’s illness. Ma’qil said to him: I am narrating to you a tradition. If I were not at death’s door, I would not narrate it to you. I heard the Messenger of Allah (may peace he upon him) say: A ruler who, having obtained control over the affairs of the Muslims, does not strive for their betterment and does not serve them sincerely shall not enter Paradise with them. [Sahih Muslim]

 

“Avert the legal penalties from the Muslims as much as possible, if he has a way out then leave him to his way, for if the Imam makes a mistake in forgiving it would be better than making mistake in punishment.” [Tirmidhi]

 

“O `Abdur-Rahman! Do not seek to be a ruler, for if you are given authority on your demand then you will be held responsible for it, but if you are given it without asking (for it), then you will be helped (by Allah) in it. If you ever take an oath to do something and later on you find that something else is better, then you should expiate your oath and do what is better.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

Two men from my tribe and I entered upon the Prophet. One of the two men said to the Prophet, “O Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)! Appoint me as a governor,” and so did the second. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “We do not assign the authority of ruling to those who ask for it, nor to those who are keen to have it.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“Any man whom Allah has given the authority of ruling some people and he does not look after them in an honest manner, will never feel even the smell of Paradise.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“It has been reported on the authority of ‘Abd al-Rahman b. Samura who said: The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to me: ‘Abd al-Rahman, do not ask for a position of authority, for if you are granted this position as a result of your asking for it, you will be left alone (without God’s help to discharge the responsibilities attendant thereon), and if you are granted it without making any request for it, you will be helped (by God in the discharge of your duties).” [Sahih Muslim]

“O servants of God, continue to fear God. Suppress your selfish motives and work for the solidarity of the Muslims as a whole. In running the State, you are my partners. Help me with your sound advice. If I follow the right path laid down by God and His Prophet follow me. If I deviate, correct me. Strengthen me with your advice and suggestions. Let us pray for the glory of Islam.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“Nothing is more damaging… and more prejudicial and sinister for the king than royal inaccessibility and seclusion.” [Imam Ghazali; Nasihat]
24. Cleanliness

(Syn: hygiene, purity)

“O you who have believed, when you rise to [perform] prayer, wash your faces and your forearms to the elbows and wipe over your heads and wash your feet to the ankles. And if you are in a state of Janaabah (major impurity), then purify yourselves.” [Quran; 5:6]

 

“None touch it(the Quran) except the purified.” [Quran; 79:56]

 

“Those who avoid enormities of sin and abominations, save the unwilled offences – (for them) lo! thy Lord is of vast mercy. He is Best Aware of you (from the time) when He created you from the earth, and when ye were hidden in the bellies of your mothers. Therefor ascribe not purity unto yourselves. He is Best Aware of him who wardeth off (evil).” [Quran; 53:32]

 

“Women impure are for men impure, and men impure for women impure and women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity: these are not affected by what people say: for them there is forgiveness, and a provision honourable.” [Quran; 24:26]

 

“He has certainly succeeded who purifies himsel.” [Quran; 87:14]

 

“But only one who comes to Allah with a sound heart.” [Quran; 26:89]

 

“None touch it except the purified” [Quran; 56:79]

Abu Malik at-Ash’ari reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: Cleanliness is half of faith and al-Hamdu Liliah (Praise be to Allah) fills the scale, and Subhan Allah (Glory be to Allah) and al-Hamdu Liliah (Praise be to Allah) fill upwhat is between the heavens and the earth, and prayer is a light, and charity is proof (of one’s faith) and endurance is a brightness and the Holy Qur’an is a proof on your behalf or against you. All men go out early in the morning and sell themselves, thereby setting themselves free or destroying themselves. [Sahih Muslim]

 

Abu Sufyan said: “Abu Ayyub Al-Ansari, Jabir bin ‘Abdullah, and Anas bin Malik told me that when this Verse: “In it (the mosque) are men who love to clean and to purify themselves. And Allah loves those who make themselves clean and pure.” was revealed, the Messenger of Allah said: ‘O Ansar! Allah has praised you for your cleanliness. What is the nature of your cleanliness?’ They said: ‘We perform ablution for prayer and we take bath to cleanse ourselves of impurity due to sexual activity, and we clean ourselves with water (after urinating). He said: ‘This is what it is. So adhere to it.'” [Ibn Majah

“Whoever wants to follow an example, let him follow the example of those who have passed away, the Companions of Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). They were the best of this ummah, the purest in heart, the deepest in knowledge, the least in sophistication. They were people whom Allah chose to be the Companions of His Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and to convey His religion, so imitate their ways and behaviour, for they were following the Straight Path.”  [Abdullah ibn Masood]

 

 Among the principles of the Ahlus Sunnah wal Jama’ah lie the attitude of peace and purity of their heart and tongue towards the Sahaba (Companions) of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
[Ibn Taymiyyah]”How can the heart travel to God when it is tied down by its vain desires? Or how can it be avid to enter the Divine Presence when it hasn’t purified itself from the impurity of its heedlessness? Or how can it hope to understand subtle secrets when it hasn’t repented from its errors?” [Ibn Ata’illah al-Iskandari]
25. Peace

(Syn: serenity, free of disturbance)

“O you who have believed, enter into Islam completely [and perfectly] and do not follow the footsteps of Satan. Indeed, he is to you a clear enemy.” [Quran; 2:208]
“But whoever kills a believer intentionally – his recompense is Hell, wherein he will abide eternally, and Allah has become angry with him and has cursed him and has prepared for him a great punishment.” [Quran; 4:93]”Allah does not forbid you from those who do not fight you because of religion and do not expel you from your homes – from being righteous toward them and acting justly toward them. Indeed, Allah loves those who act justly.” [Quran; 60:8]”Fight in the way of Allah those who fight you but do not transgress. Indeed. Allah does not like transgressors.” [Quran; 2:190]”And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive.” [Quran;19:33]
 “By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love each other. Shall I tell you about what will strengthen that for you? Spread the Salam among each other.” [Jami at-Tirmidhi]

 

“A Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hands the Muslims are safe; and a Muhajir (Emigrant) is the one who refrains from what Allah has forbidden”. [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

Narrated Anas: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “Help your brother whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed,” A man said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! I will help him if he is oppressed, but if he is an oppressor, how shall I help him?” The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “By preventing him from oppressing (others), for that is how to help him.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“O people, exchange greetings of peace (i.e., say: As-Salamu ‘Alaikum to one another), feed people, strengthen the ties of kinship, and be in prayer when others are asleep, you will enter Jannah in peace.” [Tirmidhi]

 “When the Companions of Muhammad – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him – used to meet, they would shake hands; and when returning from travels, they would hug one another.” [Al-Sha’bi]

 

It is reported that Harim b. Hayyan – Allah have mercy on him – said, “Never does the servant turn wholeheartedly to Allah except that Allah turns the hearts of the believers to him, providing him their love.” [Al-Dhahabi, Siyar A’lam Al-Nubala 4:49]

 

26. Trustworthy / Authoritative

(Syn: trustable, authorised, reliable)

“Those who are faithfully true to their amanah (all the duties which God has ordained, honesty, moral responsibility and trusts, etc.) and to their covenants…these indeed are the inheritors.  Who shall inherit Paradise.  And dwell therein forever” [Quran; 23:8, 23:10-11]

 

“Verily, God does command you to render back your Trusts to whom they are due.” [Quran; 4:58]

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “The signs of a hypocrite are three: 1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie. 2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise ). 3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest. (If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.)” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“When the practice of honouring a trust is lost, expect the Last Day.” [Bukhari]

“Trust is that there should be no difference between what you do and say and what you think.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“Truth is a trust, [whereas] falsehood [is] treason.” [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]

 

“There are four qualities such that if you were to be given them, you will not be harmed even if the world were to be taken away from you. They are:
good character, restraint in food, truthful words, and upholding a trust.” [Adab Al-Mufrad]

“Being truthful and adhering to truthfulness, means you will be among the people of the truth and be saved from calamity and that it will make a way out for you from your problems”. [Ibn Katheer]

 

“Three kinds of treatment be always meted out to good and bad man alike: keeping trust, fulfilling promise and kindness.” [Maimoon bin Mehran]

27. Co-Existence

(Syn: peaceful existence with one another)

 “O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another…” [Quran; 49:13]

 

“Excepted are those with whom you made a treaty among the polytheists and then they have not been deficient toward you in anything or supported anyone against you; so complete for them their treaty until their term [has ended]. Indeed, Allah loves the righteous [who fear Him].” [Quran; 9:4]

 Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Make things easy and do not make them difficult, cheer the people up by conveying glad tidings to them and do not repulse (them).” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

 

It was narrated that ‘Uthman bin ‘Affan said: “The Messenger of Allah said: ‘Allah, the Mighty and Sublime, admitted to paradise a man who was easygoing in buying and selling, in paying off debts and asking for repayment.”‘ [Sunan An-Nasai]

 

“Allah has removed the pride of Jahiliyyah from you and boasting about lineage. (A person is either) a pious believer or a miserable sinner, and the people are the children of Adam, and Adam is from dirt.” [Tirmidhi]

 ‘Umar Ibn Al-Khattaab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “The happiest of people is the one under whose care people are happy because of him, and the most miserable of people is the one under whose care people are miserable because of him.” [Manaaqib ‘Umar, by Ibn Al-Jawzee, p.130]

 

Bishr Ibn Al-Haarith said: “Look at the person who has the most piety, chastity and purest earning from the people and then accompany him and do not sit with the one who will not help you upon your life in the hereafter.” [Ash-Shu’ab, 7/11197]

 

Ibn Hibban: “The noble does not hurt the wise, he does not joke with the stupid and he does not mingle with the sinner.” [Ar-Rawdhah, p. 173]

 

Haytham Ibn Jameel was asked: “A man is well learned with regards to the affairs of the Sunnah, should he debate and argue about them?” He replied: “No, however he should inform the people about the Sunnah, so if it is accepted from him then good and if not then he should keep silent.” [Jaami’u Bayaan Al-‘Ilmi Wa Fadhlihi, 4/94]

28. Skillful

(Syn: proficient, able, competent, expert, efficient, productive)

“When the master saw that Joseph’s shirt was torn from behind, he told his wife, “This is some of your womanly guile in which you are certainly skillful.” [Quran; 12:28]

 

“One who is skilled in the Qur’an is associated with the noble, upright recording angels, and he who falters when he recites the Qur’an and finds it difficult for him will have a double reward.” [Abu Dawud]

 

“When a judge utilizes his skill of judgement and comes to a right decision, he will have a double reward, but when he uses his judgement and commits a mistake, he will have a single reward.” [Bukhari and Muslim]

 “What is the best thing a person is ever given?” He replied, “Innate intelligence.” [Reported by Habib Al Jallab that he asked Abdullah ibn Mubarak]

 

“Satan rejoices when Adam was banished from Paradise. But he didn’t kknow that when a diver sinks into the depth of the sea, he collects pearls and rises up again.” [Ibn Al-Qayyim]

 

“Knowledge is not what is memorised. Knowledge is what benefits.” [Imam Ash-Shafi’i]

29. Diplomacy

(Syn: tact, able to handle delicate situations)

“O mankind, we created you from a single (pair) of male and female and made into nations and tribes that you may know each other. Verily the most honoured of you in the sight of God is the most righteous of you.” [Quran; 49:13]

 

“Do not develop friendship with the enemy of your friend otherwise your friend will turn into an enemy.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

 “Whoever governs himself by the Sunnah – in word and deed – will speak with wisdom. But whoever governs himself according to his own desires will speak heresies…” [Abu Uthman Said bin Ismail Al-Naysaburi]

 

“It is therefore an aspect of wisdom in da’wah (calling others to Allah) that you should not surprise people with things they are not able to comprehend. Rather, you should call them in stages, bit by bit until their minds settle…” [Shaykh Muhammad bin Salih Al-Uthaymin]

30. Contentment

(Syn: satisfaction, happiness, tranquility)

“Those who believe and work righteousness and believe in what was sent down to Muhammad (s) – which is the truth from their Lord; He remits their sins, and blesses them with contentment.” [Quran; 47:2]

 

“He is the one who places contentment into the hearts of believers to increase their faith in addition to what they have.” [Quran; 48:4]

Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Successful is the one who has entered the fold of Islam and is provided with sustenance which is sufficient for his needs, and Allah makes him content with what He has bestowed upon him.” [Muslim]

 

On the authority of Abu Abbas Abdullah bin Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: One day I was behind the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) [riding on the same mount] and he said, “O young man, I shall teach you some words [of advice]: Be mindful of Allah and Allah will protect you. Be mindful of Allah and you will find Him in front of you. If you ask, then ask Allah [alone]; and if you seek help, then seek help from Allah [alone]. And know that if the nation were to gather together to benefit you with anything, they would not benefit you except with what Allah had already prescribed for you. And if they were to gather together to harm you with anything, they would not harm you except with what Allah had already prescribed against you. The pens have been lifted and the pages have dried.” It was related by at-Tirmidhi, who said it was a good and sound hadeeth. Another narration, other than that of Tirmidhi, reads: Be mindful of Allah, and you will find Him in front of you. Recognize and acknowledge Allah in times of ease and prosperity, and He will remember you in times of adversity. And know that what has passed you by [and you have failed to attain] was not going to befall you, and what has befallen you was not going to pass you by. And know that victory comes with patience, relief with affliction, and hardship with ease. [40 Hadith Nawawi]

 

“Richness does not lie in the abundance of (worldly) goods but richness is the richness of the soul (heart, self).” [Sahih Muslim]

 

“The world compared to the Hereafter is but like what one of you gets when placing his finger into the sea, so look at what you draw from it.” [Tirmidhi]

 

“Verily the creation of each one of you is brought together in his mother’s womb for forty days in the form of a nutfah (a drop), then he becomes an alaqah (clot of blood) for a like period, then a mudghah (morsel of flesh) for a like period, then there is sent to him the angel who blows his soul into him and who is commanded with four matters: to write down his rizq (sustenance), his life span, his actions, and whether he will be happy or unhappy (i.e., whether or not he will enter Paradise)…..” [Bukhari and Muslim]

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to supplicate, “Allahumma inni as’alukal-huda, wat-tuqa, wal-‘afafa, wal-ghina (O Allah! I beseech You for guidance, piety, chastity and contentment).” [Muslim]

 

“The world compared to the Hereafter is but like what one of you gets when placing his finger into the sea, so look at what you draw from it.” [Tirmidhi]

“Contentment is an asset which is never exhausted.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

“Contentment makes a man potent. Avoid the greediness of the world-consuming greedy.” [Saadi]

 

“Humility is part of noble character and arrogance is the habit of villains.” And he said, “Humility inherits love and contentment inherits comfort.” And he said, “The highest of people in status are those who do not see their status, and the greatest of them in grace are those who do not see their grace.” [Shafi’i]

31. Integrity

(Syn: having sound moral values)

“And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. And remember the favor of Allah upon you – when you were enemies and He brought your hearts together and you became, by His favor, brothers. And you were on the edge of a pit of the Fire, and He saved you from it. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be guided.” [Quran; 3:103]

 

“Obey Allah and His Messenger (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and do not quarrel among yourselves lest you lose heart and your momentum disappear. And be steadfast. Allah is with the steadfast.” [Quran; 8:46]

 

“O Prophet, indeed We have sent you as a witness and a bringer of good tidings and a warner.” [Quran; 33:45]

Nu’man b. Bashir reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: The similitude of believers in regard to mutual love, affection, fellow-feeling is that of one body; when any limb of it aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever.” [Muslim]

 

Ali said (to the people of ‘Iraq), “Judge as you used to judge, for I hate differences (and I do my best) till the people unite as one group, or I die as my companions have died.”

 

And narrated Sad that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said to ‘Ali, “Will you not be pleased from this that you are to me like Aaron was to Moses?” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

 

 

“The Muslim ummah cannot take another war. Let’s unite on our common grounds rather than focus on our differences. Let us focus on what we agree upon and negotiate/discuss matters based upon them. You will find that most of these differences will begin to melt away.” [Shaykh Waleed Basyouni]

 

32. Love

(Syn: affection, care)

“Those who spend in prosperity and adversity, and those who suppress anger and pardon men; and Allah loves those who do good.”  [Quran; 3:135]

 

“On those who believe and do good works there shall be no sin for what they eat, provided they fear God and believe and do good works, and again fear God and believe, yet again fear God and do good. And Allah loves those who do good.”  [Quran; 5:94]

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “If Allah loves a person, He calls Gabriel saying: ‘Allah loves so and so; O Gabriel, love him.’ Gabriel would love him, and then Gabriel would make an announcement among the residents of the Heaven, ‘Allah loves so-and-so, therefore, you should love him also.’ So, all the residents of the Heavens would love him and then he is granted the pleasure of the people of the earth.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“Anas R.A reported that the Prophet peace be upon him said “None of you will have faith till he loves me more than his father, his children, and all mankind.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“When a man loves his brother, he should tell him that he loves him.” [Abi Dawud]

“Verily Allah ta’ala has said: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a wali (friend) of Mine, then I have declared war against him. And My servant does not draw near to Me with anything more loved to Me than the religious duties I have obligated upon him. And My servant continues to draw near to me with nafil (supererogatory) deeds until I Love him. When I Love him, I am his hearing with which he hears, and his sight with which he sees, and his hand with which he strikes, and his foot with which he walks. Were he to ask [something] of Me, I would surely give it to him; and were he to seek refuge with Me, I would surely grant him refuge.’ ” [Bukhari]

 

“None of you [truly] believes until his desires are subservient to that which I have brought.” [40 Hadith An-Nawawi]

 

“You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not (truly) believe until you love one another.” [Ibn Majah]

“Sit with those who love God, for that enlightens the mind.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

“He who comes to take the love of God can have no taste for the love of the world.”‘ [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]

 

The Prophet (peace be upon him) established a relationship between the fear of Allah and good character, because fearing Allah improves the relation between the servant and Allah, and good character improves the relation between a person and others. Therefore, fearing Allah makes it possible for Allah to love him, and good manners makes it possible for people to love that person.” [Ibn al Qayyim]

 

“To get what you love, you must first be patient with what you hate.” [Imam al-Ghazali]

33. Happy

(Syn: joyous, cheerful, free of sorrow)

 “Those who have believed and done righteous deeds – a good state is theirs and a good return.” [Quran; 13:29]

 

“And those who are patient, seeking the countenance of their Lord, and establish prayer and spend from what We have provided for them secretly and publicly and prevent evil with good – those will have the good consequence of [this] home – gardens of perpetual residence; they will enter them with whoever were righteous among their fathers, their spouses and their descendants. And the angels will enter upon them from every gate, [saying], “Peace be upon you for what you patiently endured. And excellent is the final home.” [Quran; 13:22-24]

 

“And as for those who had believed and done righteous deeds, they will be in a garden [of Paradise], delighted.” [Quran; 30:15]

“Whoever makes the Hereafter his goal, Allah makes his heart rich, and organizes his affairs, and the world comes to him whether it wants to or not. And whoever makes the world his goal, Allah puts his poverty right before his eyes, and disorganizes his affairs, and the world does not come to him, except what has been decreed for him.” [Tirmidhi]

 

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: ‘Whoever says when he reaches the evening: “I am pleased with Allah as (my) Lord, with Islam as (my) religion, and with Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as (my) Prophet (Raḍītu billāhi rabban wabil-Islāmi dīnan wa bi-Muḥammadin nabiyyan) it is a duty upon Allah to please him.’” [Tirmidhi]

 

“Whoever among you wakes up physically healthy, feeling safe and secure within himself, with food for the day, it is as if he acquired the whole world.” [Ibn Majah]

“7 indicators of the happiness of the world:
1. A heart that is always grateful
2. A pious spouse
3. Pious children
4. An environment conducive to our faith
5. Lawful possession
6. Passion to understand religion
7. Blessed age (a pious life, such that every second is filled with deeds).”
[Ibn Abbas]
“To endure a short-lived hardship that is followed by long-lasting ease is better than hurrying a short-lived ease that is followed by a long-lasting hardship.” [Hasan Al-Basri]

 

34. Calm

(Syn: peaceful, undisturbed, moderate, temperate)

“If you do not aid the Prophet – Allah has already aided him when those who disbelieved had driven him out [of Makkah] as one of two, when they were in the cave and he said to his companion, “Do not grieve; indeed Allah is with us.” And Allah sent down his tranquillity upon him and supported him with angels you did not see and made the word of those who disbelieved the lowest, while the word of Allah – that is the highest. And Allah is Exalted in Might and Wise.” [Quran; 9:40]

 

“…those who walk upon the earth easily and when the ignorant address them harshly, they say words of peace,” [Qur’an; 25:63]

Narrated Aisha, Ummul Mu’minin: I never saw anyone more like the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) in respect of gravity, calm deportment, pleasant disposition – according to al-Hasan’s version: in respect of talk and speech. [Abu Dawud]

 

Narrated Anas bin Malik: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Make things easy for the people, and do not make it difficult for them, and make them calm (with glad tidings) and do not repulse (them ). [Sahih Bukhari]

 

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Be gentle and calm, […] as Allah likes gentleness in all affairs.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The Muslim is the one from whose tongue and hand the people are safe, and the believer is the one from whom the people’s lives and wealth are safe.” [Sunan an Nasa’i]

 

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) as saying. Don’t nurse malice against one another, don’t nurse aversion against one another and don’t be inquisitive about one another and don’t outbid one another (with a view to raising the price) and be fellow-brothers and servants of Allah. [Sahih Muslim]

 

Narrated Abu Hurairah: that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “By the One in Whose Hand is my soul! You will not enter Paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Shall I inform you about a matter which if you do it, then you will love one another? Spread the salam [peace] among each other.” [Tirmidhi]

 

Abu Hurairah narrated that a man came to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and said: “Teach me something that is not too much for me so that, perhaps, I may abide by it.” He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)  said: “Do not get angry.” He repeated that (the request) a number of times, each time he replied: ‘Do not get angry.” [Tirmidhi]

“Whosoever causes his heart to settle with his Lord shall find himself in a calm and tranquil condition and whosoever sends it amongst the people shall be disturbed and excessively perturbed.” [Ibn al-Qayyim]

 

35. Dignity

(Syn: self-respect, self-esteem/confidence/self-assured)

“O mankind! We created you from a male and a female, and made you nations and tribes that you may identify with one another. Indeed the noblest of you in the sight of Allah is the most God-wary among you. Indeed Allah is all-knowing, all-aware”. [Quran; 49:13]

 

“Certainly We have honored the Children of Adam, and carried them over land and sea, and provided them with all good things, and given them an advantage over many of those We have created with a complete preference”. [Quran; 17:70]

 

“[Musa (Moses)] said: “O my Lord! Open for me my chest (grant me self-confidence, contentment, and boldness).” [Quran; 20:25]

Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Good way, dignified good bearing and moderation are the twenty-fifth part of Prophecy. [Abi Dawud]

 

Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “The blood, honour and property of a Muslim is inviolable for another Muslim.” [Muslim]

 

Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Faith (Belief) consists of more than sixty branches (i.e. parts). And Haya (This term “Haya” covers a large number of concepts which are to be taken together; amongst them are self respect, modesty, bashfulness, and scruple, etc.) is a part of faith.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“It is enough evil for a Muslim to look down upon his (Muslim) brother.” [Muslim]

 

“Know you that Allah has made Islam the most sublime path for attainment of His supreme pleasure and the highest standards of His worship and obedience. He has favoured it with noble precepts, exalted principles, undoubtable arguments, unchallengeable supremacy and undeniable wisdom. It is up to you to maintain the eminence and dignity granted to it by the Lord, to follow it sincerly, to do justice to its articles of faith and belief, to obey implicity its tenets and orders and to give it the proper place in your lives.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

“The one who laughs too much loses dignity; one who jokes too much loses respect; whoever does something a great deal, becomes known for it; one who speaks a great deal makes mistakes; one who makes many mistakes loses his sense of dignity. Whoever loses his sense of dignity loses his God-fearing and whoever loses his God-fearing is spiritually dead.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

“Whoever reflects will find that the noblest and most dignified person of every gathering is the one who is most silent, because silence beautifies the scholar and conceals the faults of the ignorant.” [Ibrâhîm an-Nakhâ‘î (rahimahullâh)]

 

“It is to be full of modesty, and to be harmless too. To be full of goodness and not to be corrupt. For the tongue to be truthful, for the words to be little and to be plentiful in good action. To have little slip-ups and not to be excessive. To be good to one’s relatives, building closeness between them. To be dignified and grateful. To be full of contentment if Allah restricted some provision. To be forbearing and friendly to his brothers. To be compassionate and chaste. Not to curse, swear, insult, backbite, nor to gossip. Not to be hasty, envious, hateful, arrogant nor vain. Not to lean towards worldliness, nor to extend long hopes and wishes. Not to sleep too much nor to be absent-mined, nor to show-off nor be hypocritical. Not to be selfish, but to be soft and cheerful, nor servile. Loving for only the sake of Allah, being pleased for His sake and being angry for His sake. His provision is taqwa (reverential fear of Allah). His worries are what will happen to him in the Afterlife. His friends remind him. His beloved is His Protector and Master. His struggle is for Afterlife.” [Yahya ibn Mu‘adh (rahimahullah)]

 

“Were it not for the fact that it would lead to my humiliation, I would have moved to live amongst a people who do not know me.” [Sufyan Ath-Thawri]

36. Charity

(Syn: social benefit, generosity towards the needy)

“And be steadfast in prayer; practice regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).
[2: Al-Baqara-43]And be steadfast in prayer and regular in charity: and whatever good you send forth for your souls before you, you shall find it with Allah: for Allah sees well all that you do.”
[Quran; 2:110]
Narrated Abu Burda: from his father from his grandfather that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Prophet! If someone has nothing to give, what will he do?” He said, “He should work with his hands and benefit himself and also give in charity (from what he earns).” The people further asked, “If he cannot find even that?” He replied, “He should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked, “If he cannot do that?” He replied, “Then he should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

Abu Dharr narrated that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said : “Your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, commanding good and forbidding evil is charity, your giving directions to a man lost in the land is charity for you. Your seeing for a man with bad sight is a charity for you, your removal of a rock, a thorn or a bone from the road is charity for you. Your pouring what remains from your bucket into the bucket of your brother is charity for you.” [Tirmidhi]

“Earning a livelihood by following some profession is better than living on charity.” [Umar ibn Al-Khattab]

 

Abdullah ibn Az-Zubayr said, “I have never seen two women more generous than Aishah and Asma. They had different ways of being generous. As for Aishah, she used to gather things, until she had a collection, then she would distribute it. As for Asma, she would never keep anything until the next day.”

 

“I never saw my uncle Bishr Bin Masnur miss the first takbir, and whenever any person stood up in our mosque to ask people for help, my uncle gave him something.” [Ubayd Bin Ja’far]

 

“My grandmother Su‘da bint ‘Awf Al-Muriyyah who was the wife of Talhah ibn ‘Ubaydullaah related to me, ‘Talhah came to me one day disconcerted. So I asked him, ‘Why is it that I see you with a gloomy face? What is the matter with you? Did I do something that upset you?’ He said, ‘No, you are the best wife a Muslim man can have.’ I said, ‘Then what is the matter?’ He said, ‘The wealth I have has increased and that disturbs me.’ I said, ‘Do not worry. Distribute it.’ She said, ‘He distributed it until not even a single dirham was left.” [Talhah ibn Yahya ibn Talhah]

 

37. Honesty

(Syn: truthfulness)

“And do not mix the truth with falsehood or conceal the truth while you know [it].” [Quran; 2:42]

 

“Woe unto those who give short measure, those who, when they are to receive their due from people, demand that it be given in full but when they have to measure or weigh whatever they owe to others, give less than what is due.  Do they not know that they are bound to be raised from the dead (and called to account) on an awesome Day, the Day when all men shall stand before the Sustainer of all the worlds?” [Quran; 83:1-6]

 

Narrated `Abdullah: The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Truthfulness leads to righteousness, and righteousness leads to Paradise. And a man keeps on telling the truth until he becomes a truthful person. Falsehood leads to Al-Fajur (i.e. wickedness, evil-doing), and Al-Fajur (wickedness) leads to the (Hell) Fire, and a man may keep on telling lies till he is written before Allah, a liar.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

Narrated Hudhaifa: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said to us, “Honesty descended from the Heavens and settled in the roots of the hearts of men (faithful believers), and then the Qur’an was revealed and the people read the Qur’an, (and learnt it from it) and also learnt it from the Sunna.” Both Qur’an and Sunna strengthened their (the faithful believers’) honesty. [Sahih Bukhari]

 

“He is not one of us who cheats.” [Ibn Majah]

“Honesty will guide you to goodness, and goodness will invite you to heaven.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

A man entered upon Umar bin Abdul-Aziz once and backbit another man. Umar bin Abdul-Aziz said to this man, “If you wish we will investigate what you say so if we find you a liar then you are one of those who Allah said about them {O ye who believe! If a wicked person comes to you with any news, ascertain the truth, lest ye harm people unwittingly and afterwards become full of repentance for what ye have done.} [Quran; 49:6] and if you were honest and what you said is true then you are one of those who Allah said about them: { A slanderer, going about with calumnies,} [Quran; 68:11] or you can ask forgiveness. The man replied, “I ask forgiveness and will never do it again.”

 

38. Generosity

(Syn: sharing, giving)

“Obey Allah and associate no partner with Him. Treat kindly your parents, relatives, The orphans, And those who have been left alone in the society. Take care of the needy, The disabled, Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs, And those whose businesses have stalled, And those who have lost their jobs. You shall treat kindly your related neighbors, And unrelated neighbors, Companions by your side in public gatherings, Or public transportation. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition. Be nice to people who work under your care. Allah does not love the proud and boastful.” [Quran; 4:36]

 

“…And whatever you spend of good – it will be fully repaid to you, and you will not be wronged.” [Quran; 2: 272]

 

Prophet said: “Charity does not decrease wealth.” [Muslim]

 

The Messenger of Allaah said: “Protect yourself from the Hell-fire even by giving a piece of a date as charity.” [Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

 

“Among deeds, there are four that are most difficult to adorn oneself with:

1. Forgiveness when angry;

2. Generosity in hard times;

3. Chastity when alone;

4. Speaking the truth to the one that fears it.” [Ali ibn Abi Talib]

 

In relation to the amount of Tawheed a slave has for his Lord, and his sincerity for the religion for Allah is the amount he is deserving of the generosity of Allah upon him, from intercession and other things.” [Ibn al-Qayyim]

 

“The greatest of deeds are three: To give generously out of the few that you have, to be devoted to Allah in loneliness and to say the truth in the face of someone who is hoped and feared.”  [Imam Shafi’i]

 

“Taking pains to remove the pains of others is the true essence of generosity.” [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]

39. Intention

(Syn: aim, purpose, goal-orientation, mission-orientation)

“But only seeking the countenance of his Lord, Most High.” [Quran; 92:20]

 

“…and you do not spend except seeking the countenance of Allaah…” [Quran; 2:272]

 

Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab: Allah’s Messenger (peace be upon him) said, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intention and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for Allah and His Apostle, then his emigration was for Allah and His Apostle. And whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.” [Sahih Bukhari]

 

It was narrated from Jabir that the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “People will be gathered (on the Day of Resurrection) according to their intentions.” [Ibn Majah]

 

 

“Intentions count in your actions.” [Abu Bakr As-Siddiq]

 

“I like that for every action, from prayer, fasting or charity or any action of righteousness that there be an intention preceding the action. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, ‘Actions are by intentions’, and this is taken for every matter.” [Imam Ahmad]

 

“Verily I like to make an intention for everything I do even if it is eating and drinking.” [Zayd Ash-Shaami]

 

 

40. Justice

(Syn: fairness, )

“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah, witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah; indeed, Allah is Acquainted with what you do.” [Quran; 5:8]

 

 “Beware of the curse of the oppressed, for there is no curtain between it and Allah.” [Abu Dawud]

 

 “There are three things that must be given to both the righteous and the sinful: the ties of the womb (relatives) must be kept connected, whether they are righteous or sinful; trust must be fulfilled, for the righteous and the sinful; and promises must be kept, to the righteous as well as the sinful.” [Maymun ibn Mihran]