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The best enjoyment of the world is a pious and virtuous woman
Abdullah bin Amr bin Al-as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "The world is but a (quick passing) enjoyment; and the best enjoyment of the world is a pious and virtuous woman". [Muslim]
Commentary: This Hadith mentions the qualities of a virtuous woman. When her husband looks at her, she pleases him; when he orders her, she obeys him; and when he is absent, she guards herself (chastity) and the property of her husband. (Abu Dawud and Nasa'i).
This Hadith stresses the fact that if one wants success in this world and the Hereafter, he should select a pious wife. Rather than going after her beauty, lineage and wealth, one should give preference to her Faith over all other considerations. If he chooses a woman who is faithful to her Deen and strictly adheres to the Shari`ah, she would be a source of blessing for him in this life and the Hereafter.
Ref.: Imam Al-Nawawi's Riyad-us-Saliheen # 280.
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Allaah has so many creations and yet He never forgets us, but we only have One Creator and yet we have forgotten him a number of times. O Allaah forgive all of us.
Asking Allaah to Forgive Every male and female Muslim
Upon the authority of Ubaadah ibnu Saamit (radiAllaahu 'anhu) who said: I heard the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) say: Whoever seeks forgiveness for the male and female believers, Allaah writes for him a good deed for every male and female believer! [Collected by At-Tabaraani in Musnad Ash-Shaamiyeen 3/234, hadeeth no. 2155 - declared Hasan by Al-Albaanee in Saheeh al Jaami' (6026)]
Shaykh Abdur-Razzaq ibn Abdul-MuHsin al-Abbaad Al-Badr (hafidhahumallaah 'ala as-Sunnah) said:
"... Whoever seeks forgiveness for the male Muslims and the female Muslims, he will receive for himself a good deed for each and every one of them. Do you know how many good deeds you will receive if you say in your supplication: Allaahumma ighfirr lil-Muslimeenawal-Muslimaat wal-Mu`mineena wal-Mu`minaat, al-aHyaa minhum wal-amwaat(Oh Allaah, forgive the male and female Muslims, and the male and female believers, the living from them and the deceased).
A phrase which is not even one line. How many good deeds will you receive?! Count from Adam until Allaah inherits the earth and all those upon it. You will receive a good deed for every Muslim - millions of good deeds! Then you supplicate for them (those living) to have guidance, firmness, assistance, success, and safety from trials and tribulations. If this supplication comes from your heart, this is proof of the soundness of your heart and conscience for the welfare of your Muslim brother."
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O soul of mine! It is not but a few days of patience; as if the extent were but a few dreams. O soul of mine! Pass on quickly through this world; and leave it, for indeed life lies ahead of it. Imam ash-Shafi`i
It is reported from Ali b. Abi Talib - Allah be pleased with him - that he said:
The thing I fear for you most is following desires and having extensive hopes (about this worldly life). Following one’s desires blocks you from the truth, and having extensive hopes makes you forget the hereafter. Verily, this worldly life is departing and the hereafter is approaching and each of them has its children. So be children of the hereafter, not children of this world, for today there are (opportunities to do) deeds and there is no reckoning, but tomorrow there will be reckoning and no deeds.
Quoted by Al-Bukhari, Al-Sahih, The Book of Raqa`iq without the first sentence. Reported in its entirety by Abu Nu’aym, Hilyah Al-Awliya Vol.1 p40, and others.
Al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr states in Fath Al-Bari:
Extensive hopes (about this worldly life) give rise to lethargy when it comes to acts of obedience, procrastinating with repentance, desire for worldly things, forgetfulness of the hereafter and hardness of the heart; because the softness of the heart and its purity only comes about by remembering death, the grave, reward and punishment, and the horrors of the hereafter…for if one remembers death, he strives to do acts of obedience, his worries decrease and he is satisfied with less.
The Prophet [sal Allaahu alaihi wa sallam] said,
"Wealth does not diminish by giving sadaqah [charity].
Allaah raises the honour of one who forgives; and one who serves another [displaying humility] seeking the pleasure of Allaah, Allaah will exalt him in ranks."
It is reported form Abu Al-Darda - Allah be pleased with him - that he said, "Three make me laugh, and three make me cry.
Those that make me laugh are a person who puts his hopes in this worldly life whiledeathpursues him, a person who is heedless [of his Lord] while [his Lord] is not heedless of him, and a person who always laughs while he does not know whether he has pleased Allah or angered Him.
What makes me cry is being separated from my beloved: Muhammad and his party (the Companions), the horrors of the time of death, and standing in front of Allah azza wa jall on the Day when the secrets will be revealed and I do not know will I then go to Paradise or Hell?"
Ibn Al-Mubarak, Al-Zuhd wa Al-Raqa`iq article 250.
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Anas [radi Allaahu anhu] passed by some children and greeted them [by saying Assallamu Alaikum to them].
Then he [radi Allaahu anhu] said: The Prophet [sal Allaahu alaihi wa sallam] used to do the same.