Source: Iftikhar Chaudri, Pakistan
1. A man giving in alms one piece of silver in his lifetime is better for him than giving one hundred when about to die.
2. To meet friends cheerfully and invite them to a feast are charitable acts.
3. To extend consideration towards neighbors and send them presents are charitable acts.
1. To acquire knowledge is binding upon all Muslims, whether male or female.
2. The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.
3. He who travels in the search of knowledge, to him God shows the way of Paradise.
4. Acquire knowledge, because he who acquires it, in the way of the Lord, performs an act of piety; who speaks of it praises the Lord; who seeks it, adores God, who dispenses instruction in it, bestows alms; and who imparts it to its fitting objects, performs an act of devotion to God.
5. Knowledge enables its possessor to distinguish what is forbidden from what is not; lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our companion in solitude, our companion, when bereft of riends; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is our ornament in the company of friends; it serves as an armor against our enemies.
6. With knowledge the creatures of Allah rises to the heights of goodness and to noble position, associates with the sovereigns in this world and attains the perfection of happiness in the next.
1. Keep yourselves far from envy, because it eats up and takes away good actions, like the fire that eats up and burns wood.
Supression of Anger
1. Whoever suppresses his anger, when he has in his power to show it, God will give him a great reward.
2. He is not strong and powerful, who throws people down, but he is strong who withholds himself from anger.
1. Deal gently with a people, and be not harsh; cheer them and condemn not.
2. Much silence and a good disposition; there are no two works better than these.
3. The best of friends is he who is best in behavior and character.
4. One who does not practice modesity and does not refrain from shameless deeds is not a Muslim.
Parents and Family
1. Paradise lies at the feet of thy mother.
2. He who wishes to enter Paradise must please his father and mother.
1. No one who keeps his mind focussed entirely upon himself, can grow large, strong and beautiful in character.
Remembrance of God
1. Whoever loves to meet God, God loves to meet him.
2. The five stated prayers erase the sins which have been committed during the intervals between them if they have not been mortal sins.
1. God is not merciful to him who is not so to humankind. He who is not kind to God's creation and to his own children, God will not be kind to him.
2. Whosoever visits a sick person, an angel calls from Heaven: "Be happy in the world and happy be your walking; and take your habitation in Paradise."
Wordly Love and Materialism
1. The love of the world, is the root of all evils.
2. Wealth properly employed is a blessing; and a man may lawfully endeavour to increase it by honest means.
Islam and Being a Muslim
1. A perfect Muslim is one from whose tongue and hands mankind is safe.
2. Islam is purity of speech and hospitality.
3. Every religion has a distinctive virtue and the distinctive virtue of Islam is modesty.
1. Greet those whom you know and those whom you don't know.
2. When asked what was most excellent in a human being, he answered,
"A friendly disposition."
3. The best of God's servants are those who when seen remind you of God;
and the worst of God's servants are those who spread tales
to do mischief and separate friends, and look for the faults of the good.
4. Whoever believes in one God and the Hereafter,
let him speak what is good or remain silent.
5. He is the best Muslim whose disposition is most liked by his own family.
6. Respect the guest and do not inconvenience your neighbors.
7. The faithful are as one person.
8. If a man complains of a pain in his head, his whole body complains;
and if his eye complains, his whole body complains.
9. He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones
and does not respect the reputation of the old.
10. Truly, the farthest seat from me on the day of resurrection will be
the garrulous, those who talk glibly, and those who talk tall.
And who is it that talk tall? The vain-glorious.
11. God is gentle and loves gentleness.
12. Inscribed on the prophet's sword:
Forgive him who wrongs you; join him who cuts you off;
do good to him who does evil to you;
and speak the truth even if it be against yourself.
13, Whoever restrains his anger when he has the power to show it,
God will give him a great reward.
14, Backbiting is more grievous than adultery,
and God will not forgive the backbiter until the one wronged has forgiven him.
15. Keep yourselves far from envy, because it eats up and takes away good actions
as fire consumes and burns the wood.
16. What actions are most excellent?
To gladden the heart of a human being,
to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted,
to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the wrongs of the injured.
17. A Muslim has five duties towards another Muslim; to return a salutation, visit the sick, follow funerals, accept an invitation and say 'God have mercy on you' when one sneezes.
18. A woman may be married by four qualifications: one on account of her money; another, on account of the nobility of her pedigree; another on account of her beauty; the fourth, on account of her virtue. Therefore, look out for a woman that hath virtue: but if you do it from any other consideration, your hands be rubbed in dirt.
19. Act kindly towards women, for they were created from a rib and the most crooked part of the rib is its top. If you attempt to straighten it you will break it, if you leave it alone it will remain crooked: so act kindly towards women.
20. Bread feeds the body, indeed, but flowers feed also the soul.
21. He who has in his heart as much faith as a grain of mustard seed will not enter hell, and he who has in his heart as much pride as a grain of mustard seed will not enter paradise.
22. If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul.
23. Righteousness is good character, and sin is that which revolves in your heart and which you do not want people to know.
24. The strong man is not the good wrestler; the strong man is only the one who controls himself when he is angry.
25. Those who are merciful have mercy shown them by the Compassionate One, if you show mercy to those who are in the earth, He Who is in heaven will show mercy to you.
26. What is Faith? When your good deed pleases you and your evil deed grieves you, you are a believer. What is Sin? When a thing disturbs (the peace of) your heart, give it up.
27. When a man marries, he has fulfilled half of the religion, so let him fear God regarding the remaining half.
28. ISLAM began as something strange, and it will become thus again, as it was at the beginning.
29. Blessed, therefore, are the strangers.
(He was asked who the strangers are:)
The strangers are those who restore what the people have corrupted of my law,
as well as those who revive what has been destroyed of it.
30. You will not enter paradise until you believe,
and you will not believe until you love one another.
31. Let me guide you to something in the doing of which you will love one another.
Give a greeting to everyone among you.
32. I was delegated as a prophet to perfect moral virtues.
33. Good character is half of faith.
34. God is merciful to those who show mercy to others.
35. Power consists not in being able to strike another,
but in being able to control oneself when anger arises.
36. Honor your children and thus improve their manners.
37. The three best things:
to be humble amidst the vicissitudes of fortune;
to pardon when powerful;
and to be generous with no strings attached.
38. Whoever does not express his gratitude to people will never be grateful to God.
39. The best people are those who are most useful to others.
40. Living among others is a cause for blessing,
while seclusion is the cause of torment.
41. Happy is the person who finds fault with himself
instead of finding fault with others.
42. From morning until night and from night until morning
keep your heart free from malice towards anyone.
43. According to Abu Daud these four Sayings of The Prophet contain the summary of Islamic law.
• Actions will be judged according to intentions.
• The proof of a Muslim's sincerity is that he payeth no heed to that which is not his business.
• No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.
• That which is lawful is clear, and that which is unlawful likewise, but there are certain doubtful things between the two from which it is well to abstain.