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Umar (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu):

“I looked at all the friends and did not find a better friend than safeguarding the tongue. I thought about all the dresses but did not find a better dress than piety. I thought about all sorts of wealth but did not find a better wealth than contentment in a little. I thought of all sorts of good deeds but did not find a better deed than offering good advice. I looked at all types of sustenance but did not find a better sustenance than patience”.

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From the morals and manners of the Salaf was that they would strictly analyse their piety (taqwa) never claiming to be a possessor of such. Allaah the Most High has said, “Therefore do not declare yourselves as being purified. He knows best who has taqwa.” [53:32]

The Messenger of Allaah, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, said, “Taqwa is here,” and he pointed to his chest. [Muslim (16/120, 121) in al-Birr.. and at-Tirmidhi (8/115) in al-Birr and Ahmad (2/277)]

`Umar ibn `Abdul `Azeez rahimahullaah used to say, “None can reach the station of taqwaa until he possesses neither action nor words that can be exposed to his embarrassment either in this world or the Hereafter.” He was once asked, “When does the worshipper reach the peak of tawqa?” He replied, “If he put all his thoughts and desires in his heart on a plate and then wandered around in the market, he should not feel ashamed of anything there.” He would frequently say, “The sign of muttaqi (pious person) is to bridle oneself from speaking just like one in ihraam bridles himself from speaking. The muttaqi needs to be a scholar (`aalim) of the Sharee’ah, all of it, otherwise he leaves taqwa without realising.”

Abu Darda [Radiyallâhu’anhu] said: “From the completion of taqwa is that the slaves fears from his Lord even with regards to things the weight of an atom.

Abu Hurairah, [Radiyallâhu’anhu] was asked about taqwa. He said, “It is a road full of thorns. One who walks it needs to have extreme patience.

Sufyaan ath-Thawri [rahimahullaah] said, “We met a people who loved it when it was said to them – Fear Allaah the Most High. Today you find that people only become annoyed at this.

A person asked Fudhayl ibn `Iyaad [rahimahullaah], “Which country would you like me to live in? Fudhayl replied, “There is no connection between you and any nation. The best country for you is the country which helps you to acquire taqwa.”

Analysis of Piety From the Characteristics of the Salaf, By Shaykh Ahmed Fareed.

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