sufyan at thawri

Sufyan At-Thawri, may Allah have mercy on him, said,

“If you know yourself, then you will not be harmed by whatever is said about you.”

Hilyat Al-Awilya 6/390

"And man was created weak."

Imam Sufyan al-Thawri was asked about the saying of Allah, “And man was created weak.” What is meant by weak? He replied:

“A women passes by a man, and the man can not prevent himself from looking at her, and he attains no benefit (by looking at her), is there anything weaker than this?”

(Hilyatul Awliya 7/68)

It is primarily the responsibility of Muslim parents to educate their Muslim children. During the era of scholars such as Imam Malik, Imam As-Shafi’, Imam Sufyan-at-Thawri, and others, you hear them talking about their mothers teaching them the memorization of the Quran, fiqh, the hadeeth, etc., at home. That was the norm back then. We need to revive it to move forward. Dr. Bilal

I meet a man whom I despise, but then he says, ‘How was your morning?’ No sooner does he say that than my heart softens towards him. If that is how I feel towards someone who simply asks how I am, imagine then, how I should feel towards someone whose food I eat.
—  Biography of Sufyan Ath-Thawri. p.95.
Behave well in your private life and Allaah will make your public life excellent.
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Take care of what is between you and Allaah, and he will take care of what is between you and the people.
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Work for your Hereafter and Allaah will suffice your affairs in this world.
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Sell your worldly life for your Hereafter and you will profit in them both together, and do not sell your Hereafter for your worldly life or you will lose them both together.
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Sufyan Ath-Thawri [رحمه الله] said: 

 [Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā 7/35]

Sufyan Ath-Thawri said :

من صلى الصلوات الخمس فقد شكر الله تعالى ومن دعا لوالديه في أدبار الصلوات فقد شكرهما

“Whoever prays the five prayers has shown gratitude to Allah, and whoever makes Du'aah for his parents after those prayers has shown gratitude to them”

(Tafseer Imam Al-Qurtubi)

Sufyan ath-Thawri (Allah have mercy on him) said:
“Do not speak about three things:
1. Sins.
2. Good deeds.
3. Pain.
This is true patience.”

(SOURCE: Abu Nu'aym in his Hilyat Al-Awliya, No. 9397)

One mistake most of us do when we start turning to Allah, prayers and Quran is that we anxiously wait for the “sweetness” of eemaan the moment we start. And when it does not happen, when our 5 times prayers seem forced, when the Quran doesn’t bring us to tears - we GIVE UP!
No yaa Ikhwaani! This is another big trap we have to save ourselves from. Indeed, the sweetness of eemaan will not come except with constant perseverance. Your standing or reciting will not make it happen instantly!
It is when Allah will see you constant in His Path, it is when He sees that you pray even when you don’t feel like it, it is when He sees that you recite His Word even when every inch of your brain tells you not to, it is when He sees you strive to stand in tahajjud though you may “hate” it… it is THEN that He will give you this sweetness and contentment as a GIFT from Him.
Reflect on the words of Sufyan ath-Thawri (rahimahullah):
“For twenty years…I struggled to remain standing in prayer at night. For those twenty years I never tasted the sweetness of the night prayer. It was only after that that I found comfort and sweetness.”
Continue ya ikhwaani and DO NOT GIVE UP. When the Lord of the worlds has not given up on you, how can you give up on your own self?
—  Tawfique Chowdhury

Sufyan Ath Thawri said,

  • “Behave well in your private life and Allaah will make your public life excellent.
  • Take care of what is between you and Allaah, and he will take care of what is between you and the people.
  • Work for your Hereafter and Allaah will suffice your affairs in this world.
  • Sell your worldly life for your Hereafter and you will profit in them both together, and do not sell your Hereafter for your worldly life or you will lose them both together.”

- Hilyat al-Awliyaa V.7 Pg.35