The highest of ranks is that you should devote yourself to your Lord, and feel at ease with Him in your heart and consciousness and all of your limbs so much so that you hope for nothing but your Lord and fear nothing but your wrong action, and His love becomes so firmly established in your heart that you will never prefer anything to it. If you are like that you will not care whether you are on land or sea, on the plains or in the mountains. Your longing to meet your Beloved will be like the longing the thirsty person has for cold water, and the longing the hungry person has for wholesome food, and the remembrance of Allah will be sweeter to you than honey and more delicious than pure water to the thirsty person on a hot summer’s day.
Ibrahim ibn Adham Source: The compendium of knowledge and wisdom, Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Page 54
“It is better to advise your friend than to severe relations with him, for no one can take the
place of your friend if you lose him. Be generous and lenient with your friend, and do not
allow an envious person to come between you and him, for in this case, your friend might
die tomorrow and you grieve for him. However, how could you grieve after he dies, when
you have shunned him when he was still alive?”
(Sifaat us-Safwah, 1/364)
Ali Ibn Abi Talib (Radhi Allahu Anhu) said (regarding the Qur’an):
“In the Book of Allah there are stories of those who came before you, foretelling what will
happen after you and rulings on issues between you. It is serious and not in jest. Whoever
among the tyrants neglects it, Allah will destroy him, whoever seeks guidance in anything
else, Allah will send him astray. It is a strong rope, thewise reminder, the Straight Path. It is
the Book that whims and desires cannot distort and tongues cannot mispronounce. Its
wonders never end, and the scholars never tire of it. Whoever quotes it speaks the truth,
whoever acts upon it will be rewarded, whoever judges according to it will be just, and
whoever calls people to it, will be guided to a Straight Path.”
Source: Ali Ibn Abi Talib (Radhi Allahu Anhu) by Dr Ali M. Sallabi Page 92
No believing person puts his full confidence in Allah, the Almighty by serving Him but Allah will make the heavens and earth responsible for his provision. He will make the rest of humankind work fr his provision and pass it on to him. If the man accepts it, Allah will make giving thanks obligatory for him. If he rejects it, the Independent and Praiseworthy Lord will transfer it to His poorer servants who will take it and be thankful for it.
Anas bin Malik Source: Ibn Abi Al-Dunya, Al-Shukr, 49
Sayings of the salaf
Between You and the One in the Grave
It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basrī – Allāh have mercy on him – once said during the funeral of a man:
May Allāh have mercy on the man who works for the likes of this day; for today you are able to do what these brothers of yours, the residents of these graves, cannot do. So make full use of your health and free time before the day of distress and accounts comes upon you.
Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Dhamm Al-Dunyā article 53.
Beware that their emit from your tongue a saying which will count against you on the Day of Judgement. Make sure that your tongue is continuously articulating the truth or that it remains silent as the
Messenger of Allah said, “whosoever believes in Allah and the Last Day then let him speak only good or remain silent” (Bukhari).”
Muhammad ibn Saalih al- Uthaymeen
The best form of speech is that in which a little removes the need
to say more, and the meaning is self evident in the words.
Your tongue is like a horse. If you take care of it, it takes care of you; if you treat it badly, it treats you badly.” -Arabic proverb
“I found true seclusion to be in the solitude of the tongue.
Wuhayb ibn Al Ward
The one speaks (much) waits for Fitnah to occur whilst the one who is silent waits for Mercy to descend”-
Yazid ibn Abi Habib
Source: Jami Bayan al-llm wa Fadhlihi
May Allah give us the ability to control our tongues, ameen.
Hatim Bin Al-A’sim said:
“If a respectable good man sits with you, you would be watching every word you utter so that you do not say something wrong. Yet, you know that your words are watched by Allah but you still do not watch the words you utter!”
[Al’Daa Wa Al Dawaa, by Ibn Al-Qayyim