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Contentment

Narrated to us Qādim ad-Daylamī Al-‘Ābid who said, “I said to al-Fuḍayl bin ‘Iyāḍ, ‘Who is content with Allāh (i.e. with what He has given him)?’ He said, ‘The one who does not like to be on a status other than what he is in.’”

[Ar-Riḍā’ ‘Anillāh Biqaḍā’ih by al-Imām Ibn Abīd-Dunyā 1/36]

On the authority of Mālik bin Dinār, Al-Ḥasan said, “Whoever is content with Allāh upon a little provision, Allāh will be pleased with his little actions.”

[Ar-Riḍā’ ‘Anillāh Biqaḍā’ih by al-Imām Ibn Abīd-Dunyā 1/50]

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Tyranny

On the Day of Judgement, the tyrant’s own tyranny will descend upon him in the form of darkness.

Hadith of al-Bukhari and Muslim on the authority of ‘Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar

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Three things are part of the good morals of a believer.

When he is overcome by anger, his anger should not drive him to falsehood.

When he is happy, his happiness should not take him beyond the bounds of what is right.

When he has power, he should not stake a claim to something which is not his.

Hadith of at-Tabarani on the authority of Anas Ibn Malik

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Four pillars for disbelief

Narrated to us Abdullāh bin Muḥammad bin Ja’far who said, “Narrated to us ‘Alī bin Isḥāq who said, ‘Narrated to us Ḥusayn al-Marwazī who said, “Narrated to us al-Haytham bin Jamīl who said, ‘Narrated to us Ṣāliḥ al-Murrī on the authority of Abān from Wahb who said,

“I read it in a wise saying,

‘There are four pillars for disbelief: a pillar of it is anger, a pillar of it is desire , a pillar of it is greed and a pillar of it is fear.’”

[Ḥilyaħ al-Awliyā’ 3/603]

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Abū Aḥmad Muḥammad bin Aḥmad told us that Aḥmad bin Mūsa al-cAdanī told us that Ismā’īl bin Sa’īd al-Kasā’ī said, “Kathīr bin Hāshim told us on the authority of Ja’far bin Burqān said, It was informed to us that Wahb bin Munnabih said,

“Glad tidings to the one who sees his own faults over others faults. And glad tidings to whosoever humbles himself to Allāh without any neediness. And may mercy be upon the people of humility and submissiveness. And those who give in charity from wealth that is not gathered in disobedience (i.e. ḥarām means of earning). And the one who keeps in company of the people of knowledge and perseverance and wisdom. And who held fast to Sunnaħ and did not transgress it by innovation (bid’aħ)

[Ḥilyaħ al-Awliyā’ 3/602]

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When He gives, He shows you His kindness; when He deprives, He shows you His power. And in all that, He is making Himself known to you and coming to you with His gentleness.
-Ibn Ata’Allah

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The Quran.

It is reported from Al-Fudayl (b. ‘Ayyâd) that he said:

The Qurân was sent down to be acted upon but people have taken just reciting it as enough of a deed. He was asked, “How is it acted upon?” He replied, “They should treat as halâl what it makes halâl and treat as harâm what it makes harâm, they should take on its commandments and stay away from what it forbids, and they should stop to ponder its amazing knowledge and wisdom.”

Al-Khatîb, Iqtidâ` Al-‘Ilm Al-‘Amal no. 116

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