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Adab of Islam

Nuh Ha Mim Keller

The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “When two vituperate each other, [the sin of] what they say is borne by the one who first began, as long as the one wronged does not transgress [the bounds of merely defending himself, by answering back with worse]” (Muslim, 4.2000: 2587. S). And when a group of Jews covertly cursed the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) by using a play on the words “as-Salamu ‘alaykum,” ‘A’isha noticed it and gave them a rounding, and he said, “Enough, ‘A’isha; for Allah does not like vulgarity or making a display of it” (ibid., 1707: 2165(4). S). And in another version, “O ‘A’isha, always have gentleness, and always shun harsh words and vulgarity” (Bukhari, 8.15: 6030. S). This is the adab of Islam with hardened enemies, so how should it not apply to our fellow Muslims, let alone family and loved ones?
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“Imam Shafi’i was asked: How did you get such good character?
He replied: By taking my critics seriously”

Abu Hazim said: “If you seek in this world what suffices you, the least of this world will suffice you.

If you seek in this world what will fulfill you, and you’re not fulfilled by what suffices you, nothing in this world will fulfill you.”

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“It’s rare to find a Sufi book in English which doesn’t have 3 mistakes… in each page.”

“Their inward states were different, their hearts were attached to Allah and nothing besides, they didn’t talk behind each other”
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“One of the gifts that Allah (swt) has given is Prophets and they’re sent to be obeyed because their obedience is in fact the obedience of Allah (swt)… because they are given authority in His name (bi idhnillaah)”

Hamza quotes a saying of the Beloved Messenger (pbuh)
“I was only sent to perfect noble character”
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