Some sayings of the Salaf

Tonite, we want to share with our readers, may Allah bless all of you, some beautiful sayings of the Salaf (pious predecessors).

We should not just read them, but rather we should try to implement them in our lives and see if we are living by these statements or acting in contradiction to it.

We ask Allah that He guides all of us to the straight methodology of the Sahaabah (Salafee Methodology) and increases us in beneficial knowledge and makes that knowledge a source for us to increase in taqwa (fear of Allah). Ameen.

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِِ

Mâlik ibn Dînâr (rahimahullâh) said, “Whoever proposed to the world, then the world would not be satisfied until he gave up his Deen as dowry.”

Bakr ibn ‘Abdullâh al-Muzanî (rahimahullâh) said, “If you see someone older than you then respect him saying, ‘He has beaten me to Islâm and righteous action.’ If you see someone younger than you then respect him saying to yourself, ‘I have beaten him in sins.’ If the people honour you then say, ‘That is from the grace of Allâh, but I do not deserve it.’ If they degrade you then say , ‘This happened as a consequence of a previous sin.

Sufyân ath-Thawrî (rahimahullâh) said, “Whoever’s knowledge makes him weep, then he is a scholar (‘âlim). Allâh the Most High said, ‘Verily those who were given knowledge before it, when it is recited to them they fall down on their faces in humble prostration.’ [Sûrah Banî Isrâ’îl (17):107] He also said, ‘When the verses (âyât) of Ar-Rahmân (The Most Merciful) is recited to them they fall in prostration weeping.’ ”

Fudayl ibn ‘Iyâd (rahimahullâh) said, “A believer plants a palm tree and fears that thorns will grow. The hypocrites plant thorns expecting ripe dates to grow!”

Once ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azîz (rahimahullâh) was advised, “O ‘Umar, beware of being the ally of Allâh in open, while being His enemy in secret. If one’s nature in open and secret do not equate then he is a hypocrite, and the hypocrites occupy the lowest level in Hellfire.”

Ahmad ibn Harb (rahimahullâh) said, “There is nothing more beneficial to a Muslim’s heart than to mix with the righteous and to watch their actions, while nothing is more harmful to the heart than mixing with the sinners and watching their actions

One of the Salaf said, “I disobey Allâh to find its effect in the way my animal behaves and my wife.”

Ahmad ibn Harb (rahimahullâh) would say, “If six mannerisms are gathered in a woman, her goodness is perfected: Guarding the five prayers, yielding to her husband, pleasing her Lord, guarding her tongue from backbiting and gossip, forsaking worldly possessions, and being patient following a tragedy.”

Yahyâ ibn Mu‘âdh (rahimahullâh) said, “Renew your hearts with the remembrance of Allâh because it rushes into forgetfulness.”

‘Abdullâh ibn Mubârak (rahimahullâh) 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.”

One of the Salaf used to say, “If you want to be close to Allâh then put an iron wall between yourself and your desires.”

Fudayl ibn ‘Iyâd (rahimahullâh) said, “If Iblîs conquers the son Âdam with one of the three [things] he says: I will not seek anything else from him – 1) being fond of himself, 2) deeming his deeds to be plentiful, and 3) forgetfulness of his sins.”

Al-Hasan (rahimahullâh) said, “If shaytân saw you consistently obeying Allâh he will seek you time and time again. If he sees your consistency he grows weary of you and rejects you. If you changed, however, each and every time, then he begins to have hope in you.”

Ash-Shâfi‘î (rahimahullâh) said, “Whoever spread gossip for you spreads gossip against you. Whoever relates tales to you will tell tales about you. Whoever when you please him says about you what is not in you, when you anger him will say about you what is not in you.”
Fudayl ibn ‘Iyâd (rahimahullâh) said, “Whoever’s admonition is much, his friends will be few.”

“If you can be unknown, be so; it doesn’t matter if you are not known and it doesn’t matter if you are not praised. It doesn’t matter if you are blameworthy according to people if you are praiseworthy with Allah, the Mighty and Majestic.”

Al Fudayl ibn Ayyadh, Al Bayhaqi, Al Zuhd Al Kabir p100.
  1. January 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    asalaamu ‘alaiykum wa rahmatullaahi wa baraakatuh,

    This post is simply overwhelming, subhan Allaah. BaraakAllaahu feek for sharing. May Allah make you of the few; ameen.

  2. Abu Ibraheem
    January 24, 2010 at 7:02 am


    Beautiful post maa shaAllah, whats the source however? so that i can spread it, inshaAllah,

    May Allah reward you greatly,

    Your brother in Al Islaam, Abu Ibraheem

  3. January 24, 2010 at 10:13 am

    The source is the book of Imaam ad-Dhahabi ‘Siyar ‘Alaam al Nubala’

  4. bint Raees
    January 25, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Salaamu Aleykum wa Rahamtu Allaahi wa Barakaatoeh

    I have a question about the 3th saying..
    After the ayaa it says it is from surah bani Israel (17). What does that mean
    Baraka Allaahu fiekoem for sharing

  5. January 27, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Jazakllah khair akhi, quite inspiring. Barakallah Feekum

  6. February 6, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Sister Bint Raees,

    Bani Israeel is another name for Surah ‘Isra (Chapter 17).

  7. Umm Abdulazeez
    October 23, 2011 at 2:27 am

    Assalaamu `alaykum wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu…

    Barakallaahu feek.

  8. December 13, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Very informative

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