Four and Four

A wise man said, “Four things are good, but other four are better:

Shyness is good when shown by men, but it is better when shown by women.

Justice is good when adopted by everyone, but it is better when adopted by judges and rulers.

Repentance of an old man is good, but it is better from a young one.

Generosity is good by the rich, but it is better by the poor.                            

                                                                    

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy  

Supplication 6

O Allah! Through the agency of Your forgiveness, I seek protection from Your punishment, I seek protection from Your anger by means of Your pleasure, I seek protection in You from You, I cannot truly praise You as you should be praised.

Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)

Suffering during Worship

Suffering pain while worshiping Allah is combined with a good soul that will bear the fruit of pleasure and relief. When the soul finds it heavy and thinks to stop the pain and then compares the end results of the two matters, he will surely prefer the way of hardship.

Ibnul Qayyim

Translated by: Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle

 

The Believer’s Silence

The believer’s silence should be for contemplation, his looking should be for thoughtfulness and his utterance should be for Allah’s remembrance. 
 

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy         

What is Worse than Sin?

Those who commit sins should know that laughing during committing the sin is much worse than committing it.

What Is Piety (Taqwa)?

Ali Ibn Abi-Talib was asked about piety (taqwa), he said, “It is to fear Allah, The Almighty, to act according to His revelation (Qur’an and Sunnah), to be pleased with little sustenance and to get prepared for the day you will leave for Him.” 

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy

Edited by: Hany Morad

How Many Friends Have you Got?

Ali Ibn Abi-Talib (RA) was asked, ‘How many friends have you got?” He replied, “I do not know right now because life has not turned its back on me yet, and all people are my friends. I can only know my true friends when life turns its back on me. That is because the best friends are those who come to support you when life turns its back on you.”

Translated by:Amany Elmorshidy

Edited by: Amany Al-Sayyed

 

The Most Precious Reward in Life

 

The most precious reward during life is to busy yourself with most suitable and useful matters in their exact and suitable time. How can he be rational who sells Paradise and what is in it, for one hour of passing pleasure?

Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim

The Supplication of the Distressed

Perhaps the deliberate delay of destiny in responding to supplications and fulfilling hopefulness is considered as a mercy for the distressed; it could be for warding off more afflictions, or for saving the supplication of the afflicted person as a grace for the Day of Reckoning.

Yusuf al-Seba’i

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy

Edited by: Lamia El-Sadek

The Marks of Doing Good and Evil

 

Ibn Abbas said, “A good deed brings light to the heart, illumination to the face, strength to the body, increasing of livelihood and love in the hearts of people. On the contrary, an evil deed causes darkness to the heart, dark shadows to the face, weakness in the body, lack of livelihood and antipathy in people’s hearts.                        

Translated by: Amany Elmorshidy

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