Concise and foremost counsels Part 5

Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Thursday, February 4th, 2010

Hadrat Anas (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) addressed Abu Zarr saying, “Shall I not tell you two traits of character which are light on the back (i.e. it is not cumbersome to cultivate them) and will be very heavy in the scale of ALLAH.” Abu Zar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) says that he said, “O Messenger of ALLAH! Do tell me these two traits of character”. The Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “The habit of remaining mostly silent and secondly pleasing disposition. I swear by ALLAH in whose possession is my soul, in human actions these two things have no parallel”. [Ma’ariful Hadis]

lmran – bin – Hittan – Taba’ee has related that one day he visited Abu Zarr Ghafari (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) and saw him in the mosque in such a condition that he was sitting alone wrapped up in a black scarf. He said, “O Abu Zarr! How is this loneliness and single-mindedness” (i.e why have you chosen to remain aloof and away from society? He replied “I have heard the Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) saying, “Seclusion is better than the company of bad persons and sitting with a good person is better than solitude, and enjoining what is reputable is better than keeping silence, and keeping silence is better than telling what is disreputable”. [Shuab -UI- lman Al Baihaqui, Ma’arif -UI- Hadis]

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