Quotes: The Pious

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِِ

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful


Ash-Sha’bi (d. 104 A.H.) said,

(It is) from the manners of the scholars that if they know some knowledge, they would practice it.  Once they had practiced that knowledge, they would preoccupy themselves with practice rather than the people.  With their preoccupation, their presence amongst the people would be missed, and when missed, they would be sought after, and when sought after, they would flee fearing tribulation in their Din (practice)

Hasan al-Basri (d. 110 A.H.) used to say,

We have met a certain people to whom the world was like something entrusted to them which they would have to give back to its owner.  They say that they did not own anything therein, so they traveled lightly to the Afterlife

Sufyan ath-Thawri  (d. 161 A.H.) said,

We met a people who loved it when it was said to them – Fear Allah the Most High.  Today you find that people only become annoyed at this

‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak (d. 181 A.H.) would say,

The world is the believer’s prison.  The best action in the prison is patience and control of one’s anger.  The believer has no country in the world.  His land will be there tomorrow in the Afterlife

Abu Hazim (d. 456 A.H.) used to say,

The scholars of our time have been content with speech and with no practice!  The salaf used to practice but not speak.  After them the people practiced and spoke  being followed by a people who spoke but did not practice.  There will come a time when people will not speak or practice

Yahya ibn Mu’adh said,

Whoever is forbearing rises about all his colleagues and whoever implemented his anger is plunged into the sea of his humiliation“.

One of the Salaf used to say,

If you want to be close to Allah then put an iron wall between yourself and your desires