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Better than charity and fasting

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Abu Darda  رضي الله عنه  used to say:

Shall I not tell you about something that is better for you than charity and fasting? Reconcile between your brothers, for hatred dimishes reward.

[Al adab al mufrad]

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October 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm

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Peak of Faith

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Abu Darda رضي الله عنه said:

The peak of faith is being patient with rulings and pleased with pre-ordainments.

[Ithaaf saadaat il-muttaqeen 11/13]

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September 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

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Contemplation for an hour…

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قال أبو الدرداء رضى الله عنه : تفكر ساعة خير من قيام ليلة

Abu Darda رضي الله عنه said

Contemplation for an hour is better than late night worship.

Nuzhatul fudalaa

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July 7, 2012 at 2:20 am

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Concentration of Knowledge

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Masrooq said:

I studied the companions (رضي الله عنهم) of Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and discovered that knowledge is concentrated in 6 individuals among them: ‘Ali, ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud, ‘Umar, Zayd Ibn Thabit, Abu Darda and Ubay Ibn K’ab (رضي الله عنهم)
. Then I studied these 6 individuals and found that knowledge is concentrated in 2 of them: ‘Ali and ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud (رضي الله عنهم) .

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October 3, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Three things Abu Darda (رضي الله عنه) loves

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حدثنا عبد الرحمن بن العباس ، ثنا إبراهيم الحربي ، ثنا علي بن الجعد ، أخبرنا شعبة ، عن معاوية بن قرة ، قال : قال أبو الدرداء : ثلاث أحبهن ويكرههن الناس : الفقر والمرض والموت

Abu Darda (رضي الله عنه) said, “I love 3 things which most people hate, poverty, illness and death.

حدثنا عبد الرحمن بن العباس ، ثنا إبراهيم الحربي ، ثنا علي بن الجعد ، أخبرنا شعبة ، عن عمرو بن مرة ، عن شيخ ، عن أبي الدرداء ، قال : أحب الموت اشتياقا إلى ربي ، وأحب الفقر تواضعا لربي ، وأحب المرض تكفيرا لخطيئتي

Abu Darda (رضي الله عنه) said, “I love death because of my yearning to meet my lord. I love povery because it forces me to be humble before my Lord. I love illness because it atones my sins.”

Hilyatul Awliya

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April 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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Acting upon Knowledge

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حدثنا أحمد بن إسحاق ، ثنا محمد بن أحمد بن سليمان الهروي ، ثنا أحمد بن سعيد ، ثنا ابن وهب ، أخبرني معاوية بن صالح ، عن ضمرة بن حبيب ،عن أبي الدرداء رضي الله عنه ، أنه قال : لا يكون تقيا حتى يكون عالما ، ولن يكون بالعلم جميلا حتى يكون به عاملا

Abu Darda (رضي الله عنه) said, “One does not become (truly) pious unless he becomes learned, and one does not enjoy the beauty and benefits of his knowledge unless he practices what he knows.”

Hilyatul awliya

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April 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm

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Allah accepts only from the those who have Taqwa

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وَقَالَ اِبْن أَبِي حَاتِم : حَدَّثَنَا أَبِي حَدَّثَنَا إِبْرَاهِيم بْن الْعَلَاء بْن زَيْد حَدَّثَنَا إِسْمَاعِيل بْن عَيَّاش حَدَّثَنِي صَفْوَان بْن عَمْرو عَنْ تَمِيم يَعْنِي اِبْن مَالِك الْمُقْرِي قَالَ : سَمِعْت أَبَا الدَّرْدَاء يَقُول : لَأَنْ أَسْتَيْقِنَ أَنَّ اللَّه قَدْ تَقَبَّلَ لِي صَلَاة وَاحِدَة أَحَبُّ إِلَيَّ مِنْ الدُّنْيَا وَمَا فِيهَا إِنَّ اللَّه يَقُول ” إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّل اللَّه مِنْ الْمُتَّقِينَ

Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Abu Ad-Darda’ (رضي الله عنه) said, “If I become certain that Allah has accepted even one prayer from me, it will be better for me than this life and all that in it. This is because Allah says,

[إِنَّمَا يَتَقَبَّلُ اللَّهُ مِنَ الْمُتَّقِينَ]

(Verily, Allah accepts only from the those who have Taqwa.)

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March 26, 2011 at 3:01 pm

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You will not become an aalim until…

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Abu Ad-Dardaa said:

إنك لن تكون عالما حتى تكون متعلما ولن تكون متعلما حتى تكون بما علمت عاملا

“You will not become an aalim (scholar) until you become a mut’alim (student) and you will not become a muta’alim (student) until you act upon the knowledge you posses”.

[“Iqtidaa-u al’ilmi al’amal”, 29].

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December 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm

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Some gems from the Sahaba

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On the authority of Mālik bin Dinār who said, “Abud Dardā’ said,

‘Whoever increased in knowledge, increased in pain (of being answerable to Allāh سبحانه و تعالى).’

And in the narration of Sa’īd,

‘And I don’t fear that it will be said to me, “O’ ‘Uwaymir (Abud Dardā’ himself) what did you learn?” Rather I fear that it will be said to me, “O’ ‘Uwaymir what have you done with what you learnt?”

[Kitāb az-Zuhd 1/265 of al-Imām Abū Dāwūd رحمه الله]

Abū Nawfal said,

“‘Ammār bin Yasār used to speak little, lengthened his silence and his usual words would be of the one who sought refuge in ar-Raḥmān from His Punishment.”

[Kitāb az-Zuhd 1/284]

Ḥudhayfaħ bin al-Yamān رضي الله عنه said,

“The first thing you will be deprived of in your religion will be the display of humility (i.e. person being humble).”

[Kitāb az-Zuhd 1/296]

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July 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Sahaba on bida’a

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1. Mu’aadh ibn Jabal (R) said:

“O’ people, you must seek knowledge before it is taken away, for indeed when its people (the scholars) die, it wll be taken away. And beware of bid’ah, innovation and sophistication, and adhere to the ancient way [i.e., the way of the Prophet (S)].” [1]

2. Hudhayfah ibn al-Yamaan (R) said:

“Do not perform any act of worship that was not practiced by the Companions of the Messenger of Allah, for the earlier generation did not leave any room for the latter to add anything (to the religion). Fear Allah, O’ readers, seekers of knowledge, and follow the patho of those who came before you.” [2]

3. ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood (R) said:

“Whoever wants to follow an example, let him follow the example of those who have passed away, the Companions of Muhammad (S). They were the best of this ummah, the purest in heart, the deepest in knowledge, the least in sophistication. They were people whom Allah chose to be the Companions of His Prophet (S) and to convey His religion, so imitate their ways and behaviour, for they were following the Straight Path.” [3]

And he (R) said:

“Follow and do not innovate, for everything has been taken care of, and you must follow the ancient way (i.e., of the Salaf).” [4]

4. ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Umar (R) said:

“People will continue to adhere to the correct way so long as they folow the footsteps [of the Prophet (S)].” [5]

And he said:

“Every bid’ah is misguidance, even if people think it is good.” [6]

5. The great Sahabi Abu ad-Darda’ (R) said:

“You will never be misguided so long as you follow the footsteps [of the Prophet (S)].” [7]

6. Ameer al-Mu’mineen ‘Ali ibn Abi Taalib (R) said:

“If religion were based on opinion (what people think is common sense), then we should wipe the bottom of the khuff (leather slippers) rather than the top, but I saw the Messenger of Allah wiping the top of them.” [8]

7. ‘Abd-Allah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-’Aas (R) said:

“No bid’ah is introduced but it will spread further and no Sunnah is neglected but it will dimminish further.” [9]

8. It was narrated that ‘Abbaas ibn Rabee’ah said: I saw ‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (R) kissing the Black Stone and saying,

“I know that you are only a stone and can neither do harm or bring benefit. If I had not seen the Messenger of Allah kissing you, I would not have kissed you.” [10]


[1] Al-Bia’h wan-Nahy ‘anha by Ibn Waddaah.

[2] Narrated by Ibn Battah in Al-Ibaanah.

[3] Al-Baghawi in Sharh as-Sunnah.

[4] Ad-Daarimi in his Sunan.

[5] Al-Laalkaa’i in Sharh Usool I’tiqaad Ahl as-Sunnah wal-Jamaa’ah.

[6] Ibid.

[7] Ibn Battah in Al-Ibaanah.

[8] Ibn Abi Shaybah in Al-Musannaf.

[9] Ibn Battah in Al-Ibaanah.

[10] Bukhari and Muslim.