May Allaah Have Mercy Upon Him (1/3)
☆ Be truthful at all times and in all places. Stay away from lying and from deception, and do not sit alongside liars and deceivers, for all such deeds are sins. My brother, be careful not to show off, either in speech or in deed, for showing off is shirk itself (shirk being to associate partners with Allaah in worship). Do not be conceited, for even a good deed is not raised (to the heavens) if any conceitedness is involved in it.
☆ Take your religion only from one who is sincerely and compassionately concerned about his own religious guidance. The example of a scholar who is not concerned about his own religious well-being is that of a sick doctor: If he cannot treat his own disease, then how can he treat the diseases of others? Likewise, if one is not concerned about his own religious well-being, then how can he be concerned about the religious well-being of others?
☆ My brother, your religion is nothing more than your flesh and blood. Cry out of concern for your soul and have mercy on it; if you do not have mercy on it, then mercy will not be shown to it.
☆ Sit only in the company of one who advises you to desire little from this world and who encourages you to put your hopes in the Hereafter. Take care not to sit with worldly people who speak constantly about worldly affairs; such people will ruin your religious well-being and will corrupt your heart.
☆ Remember death frequently, and just as frequently ask Allaah to forgive you for your past sins. Ask Allaah to keep you safe for the remainder of your life. My brother, develop a good character and noble manners.
☆ Do not act contrary to the jamaa’ah (the general body of Sunni Muslims), for goodness and safety are the consequences of being in harmony with the jamaa’ah. Someone who strives constantly for this world is like a person who builds one home and destroys another.
☆ Give sincere advice to every believer who asks you a question regarding his religion. And never hide good advice to someone who asks you about a matter that leads to the good pleasure of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’Aalaa).
☆ If you love your (Muslim) brother for the sake of Allaah, then give him generously from your self and your wealth. Stay far away from arguments, quarrels, and disputes; otherwise, you will become a wrongdoer, a transgressor, and a deceiver