salaf as saleh

Patiently restrict yourself to the Sunnah and stop where the people stopped, say what they said and avoid what they avoided. Take the path of the Salaf as-Salih (The Pious Predecessors), for indeed, what was sufficient for them is sufficient for you.
—  Imaam al-Awzaa’ee, Ash-Sharee’ah of al-Aajurree p.58.

The Pious Forefathers (i.e. As-Salaf as-Saalih) of the Islamic Community of Believers are the Companions of the Prophet, peace be upon him, their Followers (the Taabi'een and the Taabi Taabi'een (i.e. the first three generations of Muslims) and the Scholars of the Ahl-us-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah after them who followed their way in belief and deed. Among them are :

  • Imam Abu Hanifah (150 AH), 
  • Al-Awzai (157 AH), 
  • Ath-Thawri (161AH),
  • Al Laith ibn Saad (175 AH), 
  • Imam Malik (179 AH), 
  • Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak (181 AH),
  • Sufyan ibn Uyainah (198 AH),
  • Imam Ash-Shafi'i (204 AH),
  • Ishaq (238 AH),
  • Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal (241 AH),
  • Al-Bukhari (256 AH),
  • Muslim (261 AH),
  • Abu Dawood (275 AH) and others.
  • Ibn Taymiyyah (728 AH), and his students: Adh-Dhahabi (748 AH), Ibn al-Qayyim (751 AH), Ibn Katheer (774 AH) and others.
  • Muhammed bin ‘Abd al-Wahhab (1206 AH) and many of his students.
  • And to name some in our time: Abdul Aziz bin Baz, Muhammed bin Saalih Uthaimeen, Muhammed Naasir-ud-Deen al-Albaani, Shaykh Muqbil ibn Haadee al-Waadi’ee, Saalih ibn Fowzaan al-Fowzaan ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad,  ‘Abdul-Muhsin al-’Abbaad 

The Salafis are the Ahlus-Sunnah wal-Jamaa'ah. They are the Taaifatul- Mansoorah (the Aided, Victorious Group) and the Firqatun-Naajiyyah (the Saved Sect) which have been mentioned in the following statements of the Messenger, peace be upon him:

“There shall not cease to remain a single group from my community upon the Truth, victorious; they are unharmed by those who abandon them and those who oppose them. They will remain (in my community and in such a state) until they fight the liar (i.e. the Anti-Christ (Dajjal).” [Reported in Sahih Muslim]

“He whose sin is due to desire, then have hope for him..."

Sufyaan Ibn ’Uyaynah:

“He whose sin is due to desire, then have hope for him; and he whose sin is due to pride, then fear for him. Because Adam (alayhis-salaam) sinned due to desire, and he was forgiven; and Iblis sinned due to pride, and he was cursed.

[Siyar A'laam an-Nubalaa (8/471)]

Wise Advice

Dawud said, 

  • “Be like a merciful father towards the orphan. 
  • Know that you will reap as you sow. 
  • How ugly poverty is after wealth! More than that: how ugly is misguidance after guidance! 
  • When you make a promise to your friend, fulfil your promise. If you do not, it will bring about enmity between you and him. 
  • Seek refuge in Allah from a companion who, when you mention something to him, does not help you and who does not remind you when you forget.

” حَدَّثَنَا عَمْرُو بْنُ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ‏:‏ حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّحْمَنِ، قَالَ‏:‏ حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ، عَنْ أَبِي إِسْحَاقَ قَالَ‏:‏ سَمِعْتُ عَبْدَ الرَّحْمَنِ بْنَ أَبْزَى قَالَ‏:‏ قَالَ دَاوُدُ‏:‏ كُنَّ لِلْيَتِيمِ كَالأَبِ الرَّحِيمِ، وَاعْلَمْ أَنَّكَ كَمَا تَزْرَعُ كَذَلِكَ تَحْصُدُ، مَا أَقْبَحَ الْفَقْرَ بَعْدَ الْغِنَى، وَأَكْثَرُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ، أَوْ أَقْبَحُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ، الضَّلاَلَةُ بَعْدَ الْهُدَى، وَإِذَا وَعَدْتَ صَاحِبَكَ فَأَنْجِزْ لَهُ مَا وَعَدْتَهُ، فَإِنْ لاَ تَفْعَلْ يُورِثُ بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ، وَتَعَوَّذْ بِاللَّهِ مِنْ صَاحِبٍ إِنْ ذَكَرْتَ لَمْ يُعِنْكَ، وَإِنْ نَسِيتَ لَمْ يُذَكِّرْكَ‏.‏ 




Grade : Sahih (Al-Albani) صـحـيـح (الألباني) حكم 
Reference: Al-Adab Al-Mufrad 138 In-book 
Reference: Book 7, Hadith 10 English translation: Book 7, Hadith 138

                “…DAYS ARE BUT HOURS…”

Imam Ibn al-Jawzi said:

“Know, dear son, that days are but hours,
and hours are but breaths, and every soul is a container,
hence let not any breath pass without any benefit,
such as on the Day of Judgement you find an empty container and
feel regret!

Be aware of every hour and how it passes,
and only spend it in the best possible way;
do not neglect yourself,
but render it accustomed to the noblest and best of actions,
and send to your grave that which will please
you when you arrive to it.”

[Laftat al-Kabid fee Naseehat al-Walad]

A True Man.

“By Allah’s right over you, Do you know who a (true) man is? A (true) man is, by Allah, one who when he finds himself alone with what he desires from the forbidden, and [finds himself] capable of doing it, and yearned in his thirst for it… (BUT) He looked at Allah’s watching over him, and fell ashamed at fulfilling his desires in that which Allah hates, So his thirst [for it] dispersed.

[ Sayd Al-Khatir by Ibn Al-Jawzi 1/45]

The Pleasure of Repenting .Vs. The Pleasure of Sinning

Ibn al-Qayyim said,

“So if the sinner knew that the pleasure of repenting and the joy associated with is multiple times greater than the pleasure of sinning and the joy associated with it, he would rush to it much more than the way he rushes to the pleasure of sinning.”

[Ref: Ar-Rooh]

“…a slave of Allah is constantly shifting between a state of blessing (from Allah) and sin…”

Imam Bakr al-Muzani once saw a laborer carrying goods with him while constantly uttering ’Alhamdulilah’ and ‘Astaghfirullah’. Al-Muzani waited for the laborer to rest from his load before he spoke to him. Al-Muzani asked him, “Do you not know anything other than this (Alhamdulilah and Astaghfirullah)?

The laborer responded,

"Indeed I know much else and I do read the Book of Allah, except that a slave of Allah is constantly shifting between a state of blessing (from Allah) and sin. This being the condition of man, I praise and thank Allah for the blessings He has given me and seek His forgiveness for my sins.”

Imam al-Muzani said, “Certainly this laborer has a deeper understanding of the religion than Bakr (himself).”

[Gems and Jewels p. 37]