example of a believer"
"The example of a believer, who recites the Qur'an and
acts on it,
is like an orange (utrujjah) which tastes nice and smells
And the example of the believer who does not recite the Qur'an
but acts on it,
is like a date that tastes sweet but has no smell.
And the example of the hypocrite who recites the Quran,
is like a sweet basil which smells good but tastes bitter.
And the example of a hypocrite who does not recite the Qur'an,
is like a colocynth (bitter apple) which tastes bitter and
has a bad smell."
[reported in Saheeh al-Bukhari]
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ties three knots
The Prophet (sallallaahu-alaihi-wasallam) said:
'Shaytaan ties three knots on the crown of any one of you in
your sleep. He says upon each knot that he ties: 'You have a
long night before you, therefore sleep'. But if you wake up
and mention Allah, Most Exalted in remembrance one knot will
be untied. If you then make ablution another knot will be undone.
If you then proceed to pray the last knot will be disentangled.
Thus, you will feel in the morning energetic and in good spirits.
Otherwise you will feel in a despicable state, lazy'.
Maalik, Bukhaaree, Muslim and Abu Dawood]
ibn Abî Waqqâs (RA) said:
“I asked the Prophet (SAAS) who among the people are
most severely tried? He said, ‘The Prophets, then the
right acting people, and so on down through various categories
of people. Man will be tested
according to the strength of his faith. The stronger his faith,
the more severe his trial, and the weaker his faith, the lighter
his trial. The believer will be continually tested until he
walks on earth with all his wrong actions forgiven’.”
Patience at the time of sickness
Masruq narrated from 'A'isha (RA) who said: 'I have never
seen anyone to endure more severe pain than the Prophet (SAAS).
When he fell ill, his pain became so severe,to the extent
that he could not sleep for nineteen nights.'
Â’ishah (RA) narrated that the Messenger of Allâh
(SAAS) said: “Truly fever makes wrong actions fall away
from a man like leaves fall from a tree.” And it was
narrated that the Prophet (SAAS) said: “The likeness
of the believer when he suffers from illness is like iron
when it enters the fire; the dross is removed, and the good
The Prophet (SAAS) also said: ‘The time of illness cancels
out the time of wrong actions.’
And it was narrated that the Prophet (SAAS) said:
“The prayer of the sick person
will never be rejected, until he recovers.”
and Gratitude by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah)
'O ye who believe! Persevere in patience
and constancy; vie in such perseverance; strengthen each other;
and fear Allah. that ye may prosper...' (3:200).
'Be sure we shall test you with something of fear and hunger,
some loss in goods or lives or the fruits (of your toil),
but give glad tidings to those who patiently persevere, who
say, when afflicted with calamity: 'To Allah We belong, and
to Him is our return':- They are those on whom (Descend) blessings
from Allah, and Mercy, and they are the ones that receive
guidance' (2: 155-157).
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