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“The knowledge is a light that Allah throws in the hearts of those whom Allah wants – not any heart but the heart of the recipient {the one that wants to learn).”

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it.

[John Ruskin]

Yahya ibn Mu’aadh (رحمه الله) said,

“The most naïve thing in my eyes is to linger in sin – with no regrets – hoping for a far off pardon. And to hope to come closer to Allah without doing anything. And to wait for the harvest of Jannah with the seeds of Hell – waiting for reward without any deeds.”

Islam will be destroyed bit by bit, section by section, in the hands of people born in Islam, never experiencing jaahiliyyah.

Ibn Hazm said in his Book, Tawq al-Hamaamah – The Ring of the Dove:

I have seen this happen to many people, and can relate to you a personal experience of the same order; for I am also one who has been afflicted by this calamity, and surprised by this misfortune. I was deeply in love with, and passionately enamoured of, a certain, slave-girl once in my possession, whose name was Nu`m: she was a dream of desire, a paragon of physical and moral beauty, and we were in perfect harmony. She had known no other man before me, and our love for each other was mutual and perfectly satisfying. Then the fates ravished her from me, and the nights and passing days carried her away; she became one with the dust and stones. At the time of her death I was not yet twenty, and she younger than I. For seven months thereafter I never once put off my garments; my tears ceased not to flow, though I am a man not given to weeping, nor discovering relief in lamentation. And by Allah, I have not found consolation for her loss even to this day. If ransoms could have been of avail, I would have ransomed her with everything of which I stand possessed, my inheritance and all my earnings, aye, and with the most precious limb of my body, swiftly and willingly. Since her death life has never seemed sweet to me; I have never forgotten her memory, nor been intimate with any other woman. My love for her blotted out all that went before, and made anathema to me all that came after it.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.”

[John Wooden]

Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله) said:

“The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) combined fear of Allaah and good character because fear of Allaah rectifies between the servant and his Lord and good character rectifies between the servant and His creation.  So fear of Allaah brings about love of Allaah for him and good character calls the people to love him”

Mu’aadh ibn Jabal, (رضي الله عنه) said:

“Knowledge is a comforting friend in times of loneliness, it is the best companion during travels, and it is the inner friend who speaks to you in your privacy. Knowledge is the discerning proof of what is right and what is wrong, and it is the positive force that will help you surmount the trials of comfort, as well as those of hardships. Knowledge is your most powerful sword against your enemy, and finally, it is your most dignifying raiment in the company of your close companions.”

Ibn Hazm said:

“Through knowledge, Allah, blessed be His Name, raises some people in rank, and He makes them leaders in righteousness and models in morality. The vestige of their faith is avidly sought, their deeds are emulated perceptively, and people will seek and sanction their opinions solicitously and unequivocally. The heavenly angels seek their company and anoint them with their wings, every fresh or withered life they pass by implore Almighty Allah to forgive them their sins, even the fish in the oceans, the beasts of the lands and every bird of prey and migratory bird pray and solicit the mercy of Almighty Allah on their behalf. This is because knowledge revives the dead hearts and drives them out of darkness into light, and because knowledge is the light of the inner eyes that cures one’s blindness and restores his inner sight.”

According to some of the Imaams of the Salaf like Ibnul Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him the Pillars of Kufr are four: Al-Kibr, wal-Hasad, wal-Ghadab wash-Shahwah:

1) Al-Kibr (Arrogant Pride) is that which restricts the individual from submitting to Allaah and His obedience!

2) Al-Hasad (Envy/Jealously) is that which restricts him from accepting naseehah (good advice) and submitting to it!

3) Al-Ghadab (Anger) is that which prevents him from being just and impartial!

4) Ash-Shahwah (Desire and Carnal Appetite) is that which restricts him from being devoted to worship!

“Don’t flatter yourself that closeness authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.”

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Ibn Taymiyyah Says…

"Verily, I constantly renew my Islam until this very day, as up to now, I do not consider myself to have ever been a good Muslim." [Narrated by Ibn al-Qayyim in 'Madarij as-Salikin'; 1/218]