Inspiration from Past & Present

January 11, 2013

Busy in Worship

If I said that I never saw Hammad b. Salamah laughing, I would be telling the truth. Indeed he was busy either narrating hadith, reading, glorifying Allah or praying.

—Musa b. Isma’il

(Qiymah Al-zaman ‘Ind Al-‘Ulama’, Pg. 28)

January 1, 2013

Exerting in Good Seeking Ease

A worshiper was once told: “You should be easy on yourself [i.e. do not exhaust yourself with acts of worship].

He replied: “Indeed, I exhaust myself in worship because easiness is what I am looking for.”

(Read on pg 45, Ibn al-Jawzi, Awakening From The Sleep of Heedlessness. Daar as-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham: 2012.)

January 1, 2013

Fasting Hot Days to Prepare

Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (rah) used to fast in hot weather so it as said to him, “You are an old man.”

He said, “I’m preparing it for a long day [i.e. Day of Judgement].


(Read on pg 44, Ibn al-Jawzi, Awakening From The Sleep of Heedlessness. Daar as-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham: 2012.)

January 1, 2013

Increase Planting in Paradise

The land of Paradise is flat and angels keep planting on it. When they slacken, they are asked “Why did you slacken?” They [the angels] say, ‘Our fellow has slackened.’ Do not make angels feel slackened, may Allah bestow His Mercy on all of you.

—Al-Ḥasan al-Baṣrī [d 110H/728CE]

Hilyatu’l-Auliyaa by Abu-Nu’aym (9/276), who attributed this narration to Abu Sulayman ad-Darani

(Read on pg 44, Ibn al-Jawzi, Awakening From The Sleep of Heedlessness. Daar as-Sunnah Publishers. Birmingham: 2012.)