The Zuhd of the Righteous [Kitab al-Zuhd by Imam Ahmad]

Statements of Abul-‘Aliyah
[Taken from Imam Ahmad’s Kitab al-Zuhd]:

“There will come a time upon the people when the Qur’an shall become ruins and disappear from their chests; they shall find no sweetness or delight in it. If they fall short in what they’ve been commanded with, they say ‘Allah is All-Forgiving and He is the Most Merciful’ and if they do what they’ve been prohibited from doing, they say ‘We shall be forgiven for we have not associated anything in worship with Allah.’ Their entire affair is covetousness with no truth or sincerity. They wear sheep’s clothing over the hearts of wolves and the best of them in his Deen ends up being the deceitful and hypocritical one.”

“The fasting person is in a state of worship so long as he does not backbite, even if he is fast asleep on his bed.”

“If you visit a people (as a guest), and they ask you to sit, then sit wherever they have placed the pillow for you, because they are the most acquainted with their homes.”

“We considered it to be from the greatest of sins that a man should learn the Qur’an and then sleep without reading anything of it.” In another narration he said, “… and then sleep until he forgot it.”

[pg. 241-242]

Statements of ‘Aisha (radhiallahu `anha)
[Taken from Imam Ahmad’s Kitab al-Zuhd]:

“Abu al-Duha said, ‘Someone who had heard ‘Aisha recite the verse: “And stay in your homes…” [al-Ahzab: 33] said that she wept until her khimar (head-covering) became wet.”

‘Aisha: “Lessen your sins, for indeed you will not meet Allah `azza wa jall with anything better than scarcity of sins.”

And she once wrote to Mu’awiyyah saying, “Amma ba’d: Indeed if the slave (of Allah) acts disobediently to Allah, then those who used to praise him from amongst the people, will turn out to be the ones who criticize and rebuke him.”

‘Aisha: ‘I wish I had been a thing forgotten and out of sight!”


Statements of Muhammad ibn Sirin
[Taken from Imam Ahmad’s Kitab al-Zuhd]

“If Allah wants goodness for a slave, He places in his heart an admonisher commanding him and prohibiting him.”

“Do not honour your brother with something he dislikes.”

Yunus ibn ‘Ubayd once described Muhammad ibn Sirin saying: As for Ibn Sirin, then he was never faced with two matters in his faith except that he abided by the most accurate and sound of them both.”

Musa ibn al-Mughirah: I saw Muhammad ibn Sirin entering the marketplace at midday. He was praising Allah, glorifying and remembering Him, so a man said to him, ‘O Abu Bakr! Now? (i.e. dhikr at this hour?).’ He said, ‘Indeed, it is an hour of heedlessness (marketplace ghaflah).’

If Ibn Sirin was called to a Walimah or to a wedding, he would first go to his house saying, ‘Give me sawiq (mushy drink made with barley, sugar and dates).’ It was said to him, ‘O Abu Bakr! But you’re going to a wedding where you can drink sawiq!’ He would reply, ‘I hate to unleash my hunger on the people’s food.’

He (rahimahullah) used to fast on alternate days, and on the day when he was not fasting, he would eat dinner but he would not take any supper. Then he would have Suhur (pre-dawn meal), and wake up fasting.

[pg. 345 – 347]


Statements of Salman al-Farisi
[Taken from Imam Ahmad’s Kitab al-Zuhd]

“O Jarir, lower yourself for Allah. Indeed whoever lowers himself for Allah `azza wa jall in this world, will be raised by Him on the Day of Judgment.”

“The most sinful amongst the people, are those who speak about the disobedience of Allah `azza wa jall the most.”

“People will continue to remain in a state of goodness so long as the first of them teach the latter ones. If the first generation passes away before the latter have learnt, then that is when they shall fall into destruction.”

“If the people knew how much Allah helps the weak ones, they would never even grab iron poles (to strike others with). Truly, Allah `azza wa jall feels shy upon seeing His slave extend his two hands towards Him, asking Him for goodness, that He should return them empty (and unanswered).”

“There is no-one who performs wudu’ (ablution) with perfection and then comes to the mosque for no other reason other than for worship except that he comes as a guest of Allah `azza wa jall, and Allah has taken it upon Himself to honour His guests.”

Do not be the first person to enter the market-places, nor be the last person to leave it, for indeed in them are the mounts of Shaytan and the focus of his flag/banner (i.e. it’s the battlefield of Shaytan).”


Statements of Abu Hurayrah
[Taken from Imam Ahmad’s Kitab al-Zuhd]:

‘You have not been truly sincere to yourselves! You hope for what you will not attain, you gather (of food) what you will not eat and you build homes which you will not live in.’

‘One of you sees the speck of dust in his brother’s eye but he forgets the twig that’s in his eye.’

Once, Abu Hurayrah entered the masjid and saw a young boy. He said to him, ‘O young boy! Go to your family and help them.’ The boy said, ‘I’ve only come to pray.’ So he said, ‘In that case, you are the sabiq (foremost; ahead of others) and I am the musalli (one who prays with/behind the others).’

Abu al-Mutawakil: ‘When Abu Hurayrah and his companions used to fast, they’d sit down at dawn and say, ‘Let us purify our sins.’

He (radhiallahu `anhu) used to pray a third of the night, and his wife used to pray a third of the night and his son also used to pray a third of the night. When one of them slept, the other would stand in prayer.


Statements of Abu al-Darda’
[Taken from Imam Ahmad’s Kitab al-Zuhd]

‘You will not truly gain understanding (fiqh) until you are able to see various views within the Qur’an, and you will not truly gain understanding until when you rebuke people for the Sake of Allah, you also turn to your soul and rebuke it even harsher than you did the people.’

‘Call upon Allah during your days of ease so that perhaps He will answer you on your days of hardship.’

‘Do righteous good deeds before going into battle, for you are only fighting your enemies by the virtue of your deeds.’

‘Piety cannot be worn out, a sin is not truly forgotten and the Lord does not fall into slumber. So be the person you wish to be, for the way you treat others is how you shall be treated.’

‘Were it not for 3 things, the people would have been rectified: greed which is obeyed, desires which are followed and every person being pleased and amazed at his own opinion/view.’

‘In the days of Jahiliyyah, I was a merchant. When Islam came, I took up both trade and worship but I could not hold them both. So I went on with worship and abandoned trade.’

A man once came to Abu al-Darda’ and said, ‘Advise me, for I am going into war.’ He said to him, ‘Fear Allah as though you see Him until you meet Him. Consider your soul to be from the dead and don’t count it amongst the living. And beware of the supplication of the oppressed on.’

‘Let a person be cautious of the possibility that the hearts of the people are cursing him from whence he does not know.’

‘Do not complain about your calamity, do not speak about your fears and do not ascribe piety to yourself by your own tongue.’

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2 Responses to The Zuhd of the Righteous [Kitab al-Zuhd by Imam Ahmad]

  1. Scented Blood says:

    Let me advice you now my dear brother.

    Continue the good work you are doing regardless of if the people leave comments or not.
    Do not think your deeds have gone unnoticed.
    You have no idea how far and wide these sayings will go and the amount of reward you will obtain from this.

    Above all Fear Allah as He deserves to be Feared..

    Salaam Alykum

    • Muslim says:

      O my brother, this comment means more to me then the world and everything it contains. Jazakallah khiran for this reminder it was much needed.
      May Allah preserve me and you upon khir.

      I hope Allah accepts it from me, and makes it for me and not against me on Youmilqeyaamah. And I ask Allahs to help me implyment the ilm on this blog.

      Wasalamulikum warahmatulaahe wabaraktuhu

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