Piety


Hadith & Seerah, The Teachings of the Holy Prophet, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said to Hadrat Abu Zar: ‘l bequeath you to be pious, because piety greatly adorns and improves all your deeds.’ Hadrat Abu Zar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) thereupon said, “Some more, Sir”, He said, “Recite the Holy Quran and remember ALLAH as a regular measure because this recitation and remembrance will be followed by you on earth.” Hazrat Abu Zarr requested for some more. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Cultivate the habit of remaining silent and speaking less because this habit wards off Satan and is helpful in matters of faith.” Hadrat Abu Zar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) again requested for some counsels. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Give up the habit of laughing too much because it deadens the spirit and dims the light of one’s face. Hadrat Abu Zar (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) requested for some more counsels. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said, “Speak truth even though it may be unpalatable and bitter.” On request for still more counsels, the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) said. “Do not care for people’s reproach in the matter of ALLAH Whatever you know about your own self and person, should be enough to hold you back from finding out, and loop-holes of others. [Sha’ab-ul-Aman, Baihaqui, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

Hadrat Mu’awiya (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that he wrote to Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anha) requesting her for some counsels in concise terms. She wrote in her reply: Greetings to you, I have heard the Messenger of ALLAH say: Whoever wishes to please ALLAH at the cost of displeasing men, ALLAH will free him from the care and charge of men, and will Himself suffice for him. And whosoever pleases people by displeasing ALLAH, ALLAH will deliver him to the charge of men. [Tirmizi, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]

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