Imaam al-Barbahaari (rahimahullaah) said:

All praise is for Allaah who guided us to Islaam and blessed us with it and placed us in the best nation, so we ask Him to grant us that we keep to that which He loves and is pleased with and avoid that which He hates and which angers Him.

Know that Islam is the Sunnah, and the Sunnah is Islaam[1] and one of them cannot be established without the other.

NOTES

1.) The Prophet said, "He who turns away from my Sunnah is not from me." Bukhaaree (Eng. trans. 7/1-2/no.l), Muslim (Eng. Trans. 2/703/n0.3236) and an-Nasaa’ee.

Abu Hurairah said that Allaah’s Messenger said, "All of my Ummah will enter Paradise except those who refuse." It was said, “Who will refuse?” He replied. "Whoever obeys me enters Paradise and whoever disobeys me has refused." Bukhaaree (Eng. trans. 9/284/n0.384).

Imaam az-Zuhree (the famous taabi’ee, d.124H) said,"The people of knowledge who came before us used to say,’Salvation lies in clinging to the Sunnah.’" Daarimee in his Sunan (no.96).

Kitaab Sharh us-Sunnah
By: Al-Barbahaaree
Trans: Abu Talhah Dawud Burbank (Rahimahullah)

Ibn Uthaymîn: "Treat your wife the way you want your daughter to be treated." [Ash-Sharh Al-Mumti’, (12/381)]
The Relief
"Did We not expand for you, [O Muhammad], your breast?~
And We removed from you your burden~
Which had weighed upon your back~
And raised high for you your repute.~
For indeed, with hardship will be ease.~
Indeed, with hardship will be ease.~
So when you have finished [your duties], then stand up [for worship].~
And to your Lord direct [your] longing.”~

~The Recitation

Ismah Abbadani said: I was wandering in a jungle, when I came across a church. Nearby was a pastor’s monastery. When I saw the pastor inside the monastery, I asked him to tell me about the strangest thing he had seen in this (deserted) place. So he said: ‘Once I saw a monstrous white bird here, which resembled an ostrich. It sat on a stone and vomited. First it spewed out a human’s head, and then it spewed out other body parts. It continuously kept vomiting and every time different body parts barfed out and with lightening speed these parts joined together to form a full man. As the man started to stand up, the monstrous bird pecked on the man, cut him again into pieces and ate him back. That horrifying sequence continued for several days. My belief strengthened in God’s powers after witnessing that incident, that surely God Almighty has the powers to give death and then bring us back to life.

One day, I drew my attention towards the gigantic bird and asked it, ‘For the sake of the One Who gave you life! This time when this human is formed, leave him alone so I can ask him about his actions. The bird replied in fluent Arabic, ‘My Rabb is the King and He is eternal, everything else is mortal. I am an angel designated to continuously punish him for his sin.’ Next time, when the human was formed, I asked him, ‘O human, who has wronged his soul! Who are you and what is your story?’ He replied, ‘I am Abdur Rahman Ibn Muljim, the murderer of the Valiant Lion of Allah, Sayyiduna Ali Radi Allahu Anhu. After I died, I was given my Book of Deeds. All my actions – good or evil – were recorded in it from my birth to the martyrdom of Sayyiduna Ali Radi Allahu Anhu. Then Allah ordered this angel to punish me till the Day of Judgment.’ The man did not say anything after this, and the monstrous bird pecked at him, swallowed him and left.’
—  Sharḥ al-Sudoor bi Sharh haal al-Mawta wa al-Quboor, Page 175

Calligraphy of ash-Sharh – Relief (Chapter 94 of the Quran)

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيمِ أَلَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ (1) وَوَضَعْنَا عَنْكَ وِزْرَكَ (2) الَّذِي أَنْقَضَ ظَهْرَكَ (3) وَرَفَعْنَا لَكَ ذِكْرَكَ (4) فَإِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (5) إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا (6) فَإِذَا فَرَغْتَ فَانْصَبْ (7) وَإِلَى رَبِّكَ فَارْغَبْ (8)

In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy

Did We not relieve your heart for you, and remove the burden that weighed so heavily on your back, and raise your reputation high? So truly with hardship there is always ease; truly with hardship there is always ease. So when you are free, work on, and make your Lord your primary concern.

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Repentance

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: “A person committed a sin and said: ‘My Lord, I have sinned; forgive me.’ His Lord said: ‘Is My slave acknowledging that he has a Lord Who forgives sins and punishes for them? I have forgiven My slave.’ Then as much time passed as Allaah willed, then he committed a sin and said, ‘My Lord, I have sinned; forgive me.’ His Lord said: ‘Is My slave acknowledging that he has a Lord Who forgives sins and punishes for them?  I have forgiven My slave.’ Then as much time passed as Allaah willed, then he committed a sin and said, ‘My Lord, I have sinned; forgive me.’ His Lord said: ‘Is My slave acknowledging that he has a Lord Who forgives sins and punishes for them? I have forgiven My slave,’ – three times…” 

  
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 7507; Muslim, 2758.    Al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) included this hadeeth under the heading: “Acceptance of repentance from sins even if the sins and repentance happen repeatedly.” 

  He said in his Sharh:   
We have already discussed this issue at the beginning of the Book of Repentance. These ahaadeeth clearly point to that, and even if the sin is repeated a hundred times or a thousand times or more, and he repents each time, his repentance will be accepted and his sin will be erased. And if he repents once from them all, his repentance will be valid. 
Sharh Muslim, 17.75.

Treat the people of the sunnah kindly, for indeed they are strangers.
— 

Imam Sufyaan Ath-Thawree

(Sharh Usool ‘Itiqaad Ahlis-Sunnah, 2/64)

Okay so i think this is a very novel idea and thus would like to thank Libin for the tag (achinglyordinary), thank you! Of course participation is voluntary, but i’d like it if you gave it a go:)

Okay, so the way this beautiful Quran tag works is that you pick your favorite verse from the Quran and briefly explain why you like it and/or its importance to you. Inshallah we can all benefit from this. 

My favourite surah every since i was a kid had been Ash Shams but there were never any particular verses that stood out to me in there or struck me like others have, i just liked the flow and rhythm of it. I have a few other favourites that i wanted to pick to be honest, namely Surah Luqman’s 27th, Az-Zumar’s 53rd or Ash Sharh’s 5th and 6th but i decided against them, in favour of the above photo which shows ayats 18-21 in surah Al Hashr. These four ayahs always move me. Especially the 21st. It sends shivers down my spine and often serves as both a reminder and re-calibrator of my moral and religious compass.

This surah focuses on expulsion of the jewish banu nadir tribe by the Prophet (saw) and the Medinians. Give it a read. I have included the remainder of the surah for completeness. (pick whichever translation you like, personally i like the second the most in this photo)

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It is not permissible for a Muslim to be estranged from his brother for more than three days, both of them turning away from one another when they meet . The better of them is the one who is first to greet the other
—  The Ideal Muslimah : Bukhari and Muslim . See sharh as-Sunnah , 13/100 , Kitaab al-Birr was-Silah, baab an-nahy ‘an hijraan al-ikhwaan
’Uthaimeen on the Heart

Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “The heart is a vessel, when it is filled with something no space for anything else remains [in it], so when it is filled with the love of this world it becomes preoccupied with that instead of the love of Allaah عزوجل and His Messenger ﷺ and [thus] a person becomes such that he has no interest except to gain [more and more].”

Sharh Bulugh al-Maraam, vol. 9, p. 366.

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