sufyan at thawri

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]

ما بلغنى عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم حديث قط إلا عملت به ولو مرة

“There isn’t a single Hadith of the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) that has reached me except that I acted upon it, even if only once.”

—  Sufyan At Thawri (rahimahullaah) [Siyar A’lam an-Nubala (7/184)]

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 [رحمه الله] 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.”

Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā 7/35

I never dealt with anything stronger against me than my own ego (nafs) ; it was one time with me, and one time against me"
—  Sufyan al-Thawri (rahimullah)
Do Not Say I Won't be Affected

It is reported from Sufyān At Thawrī (Allah have mercy on him) that he said:

A person who sits with a heretic (an adherent of bid’ah) will not escape one of three things:

Either he will become a trial (fitnah) for others, or some deviation will occur in his heart and he will slip and be cast into the Fire by Allah, or he will say to himself, ‘By Allah, I don’t care what they say, I am confident about myself;’ but whoever feels secure from Allah about his religion even for the blinking of an eye, Allah will take his religion away from him.

[Ibn Waddāh, Al-Bida’ p. 125]

Abdullah ibn al Mubarak said:
Sufyan ath-thawri wrote to me : Spread your knowledge, but be cautious of popularity.
—  [ Hilyat al Awliyaa ]

اسلك الطريق الحق و لا تخاف عن قل عدد اتباع

Take the path of the truth and do not be frightened by the small number of it’s followers.

سفيان الثوري -رحمه الله -
Sufyan Ath-Thawri (rahimahullah)

[Al-Itisaam 1/34]

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

Sufyan Ath-Thawri [رحمه الله] 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.”

[ Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā 7/35 ]

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Moral of the story is… do not aim for physical perfection…. as no such thing exists, rather, aim for a balanced healthy lifestyle. 

Sufyan ath-Thawri said: “If you want to feel well and sleep a little, you should eat little” (al-Jami) 

 Do not over eat to the point you become disabled and do not do not starve yourself which impacts both you mental and physical health. Choose the middle path. Be moderate in your eating, for that is closer to righteousness and away from extravagance, and makes one stronger to worship Allah with a healthy mind and body. 

Ibn Rajab said that, Some scholars said: If you have a big stomach, you should consider yourself disabled until you become slim.”  (al-Jami) 

 Eating too much makes you lazy in prayer it is bad for your body and causes sickness. So look to what you intake!

Hide your sins, your pain and your righteousness !!!

Sufyan Ath-Thawri rahimahullaah

Three qualities are from patience: not speaking about your sins, nor about your pain, nor about your righteousness.

Hilyat Al-Awliya 9397

One day, ‘Umar bin 'Abd al-Aziz sat in silence whilst his companions were talking around him, so they said to him: 'Why are you not speaking, O Amir al-Mu'minin? ’ He replied : 'I was thinking about how the people of Jannah will visit one another therein and about how the people of the Nar will scream.’ And then he began to cry.

Sufyan at-Thawri Source: Sirat 'Umar bin 'Abd al-'Aziz by lbn al-Jawzi, Page 154