The masked man

Jihad is one of the fields during which showing off can take place, because not everyone who carries a weapon and fights with the Muslims is sincere. We have already mentioned the Prophetic narration of those who would be thrown in Hell first, and one of whom was a person who fought Jihad but was not sincere.

Our Salaf used to hide themselves in Jihad because they recognized the importance of sincerity in it; one of them would hide himself and no one would recognize him. The
following is one such story exemplifying this:

‘Abdah ibn Sulaymaan (rahimahullah) was with a brigade which included ‘Abdullah ibn Al-Mubarak (rahimahullah) fighting against the Romans.

‘Abdah said:

When the battle started and the Muslims faced the enemy, a man came out of the rows of the Romans and challenged the Muslims to send someone out to fight him alone. A man from the Muslim brigade came out, chased him and killed him. Another Roman came out challenging this Muslim fighter, and this Muslim killed him as well, and then a third came out, and the Muslim chased him and killed him. People went to this brave Muslim fighter wanting to know who he was but found him masked.”

‘Abdah said:

“I was among those who went to know who he was, and so I took hold of the mask and pulled it off and uncovered his face, and discovered that it was ‘Abdullah ibn Al- Mubaarak.”


Abdullah ibn Al-Mubarak (rahimahullah) said in a censuring tone:

“O Abu ‘Amr, even you take part in this and expose me!


[Ref: Taareekh Baghdaad (167/10)]


I did not come here to look at Elephants!!!!

It was narrated, regarding Yahya bin Yahya: “…that when he was a young boy, he travelled from al-Andalus to Madinah in order to study with al-Imam Malik. One day, he was attending a lesson, along with Malik’s students. Suddenly, someone called out: “The elephants are here!” So, the companions of Malik all went out to look at the elephants that were passing by, except for Yahya, who stayed in his place.

al-Imam Malik then said to him: “Why did you not come out to see the elephants? I’m sure you’ve never seen one in al-Andalus.”

Yahya replied: “I came from my homeland to look at you, and to learn from your guidance and knowledge. I did not come here to look at elephants.”

So, Malik became impressed at this boy’s seriousness, and called him ‘The Wisest of al-Andalus.’”

[”Uluww al-Himmah’; p. 78]


Striking the neck to kill in Islam- Ibn Taymiyyah

“The legislated manner of killing is to strike the neck with a sword or something like it because that is the least painful way of killing, and as such is how Allah legislated killing that which it is allowed to kill whether human or beast, when possible in this manner. As the Prophet [sallallahu alaihi wasallam] said:

“Indeed Allah has prescribed the most excellent way in all things- thus when you kill, then kill in a good way; when you slaughter, then slaughter in a good way- sharpen the blade and calm that which you will slaughter [Sahih Muslim].”

[Fiqh of Jihad by Ibn Taymiyyah p. 61-62]

Supplicating for the People of Falsehood instead of Against Them

Shaikh ’Uthaymeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said,

“We should supplicate that Allaah brings the people of falsehood back to the Truth, so that they can benefit themselves and others—this is justice, in opposition to what some ignorant people do who, when they see someone persisting in falsehood, supplicate against the person doing it.”

Sharh al-Kaafiyah ash-Shaafiyah, vol. 4, p. 146.

Definition of Jilbab by Ibn Hazam

‘Allamah Ibn Al-Hazam writes:

In Arabic language, the language of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), Jalbab is that outer sheet which covers the entire body. A piece of cloth which is too small to cover the entire body could not be called Jalbab. 

(Al-Muhalla, vol. 3, p. 217)

Sins generate more sins and good deeds generate more good deeds

Ibn Al-Qayyim said:

Sins generate more sins, and one leads to another, until they overpower a man and he finds it difficult to repent from that.


As one of the Salaf said,

‘One of the punishments of bad deeds is more bad deeds, and one of the rewards of good deeds is more good deeds.‘

[Al-Jawab Al-Kaaf]

Utilize your Health and free time before being called to account

It is reported that Al-Hasan Al-Basri – Allah have mercy on him – once said during the funeral of a man:

“May Allah have mercy on the man who works for the likes of this day; for today you are able to do what these brothers of yours, the residents of these graves, cannot do. So make full use of your health and free time before the day of distress and accounts comes upon you.”

-[Ibn AbI Al-DunyA, Dhamm Al-DunyA article 53.]