Death Is Better Than Allāh’s Punishment

A very rich businessman was once relaxing in his home when he heard someone knock on his door. When he opened the door, there standing before him was the most beautiful girl that he had ever seen in his entire life. He yearned for her and invited her to come inside. But it was not to fulfill his desires that she came; rather, she came because she was extremely poor and was forced to go around begging for money. He ignored her plea for help and instead insisted that she come inside. She answered him in a clear and dignified tone: "Death is better than disobeying my Lord." She left but then returned after a number of days. Her situation had obviously become more desperate, and again she asked him to help her. The businessman answered her as he did the first time.

With tears flowing down her cheeks, the girl entered his house; he was now ever so close to utter ruin. Again she pleaded: "Please! Feed me for the Countenance of Allāh!"

"Not unless you allow me to satisfy my desires with you," said the man, both coldly and hungrily.

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Muḥarramāt — Prohibitions That Are Taken Too Lightly

1. Shirk: associating partners in worship with Allāh
2. Grave-worship
3. Sacrificing to anything other than Allah
69. Striking or branding the face
70. Abandoning a Muslim brother for more than three days with no legitimate reason

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‘Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib On Two Things He Feared

It is reported that 'Alī ibn Abī Ṭālib (may Allāh be pleased with him) said: "The two things I fear most (in terms of sins) are following desires and having long term expectations for this world: As for the former, it blocks one from the truth; as for the latter, it causes one to forget the Hereafter. Lo! This world is travelling away (from us). Lo! The Hereafter is travelling towards us. Each of the two has children, so be from the children of the Hereafter and not from the children of the world. For indeed, today is action without accountability, and tomorrow (i.e., the Day of Judgement) is accountability without action (i.e., one does not have the opportunity of performing deeds on that Day, for it is a Day of accountability, and not of deeds.)"

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Sincere Advice From Bishr As Sulaimi

It is reported that a man was closely watching Bishr As Sulaimi (may Allāh be pleased with him), who was prolonging his prayer and performing it well. When Bishr completed his prayer, he said to the man, "Do not be deceived by what you have seen form me. For indeed, Iblīs the Devil — may Allāh curse him — worshipped Allāh for thousands of years and then ended up being what he is now!"

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Musnad Aḥmad Ḥadīth [3501]

It was narrated that Ibn Juraij said: I heard 'Ata' say: I heard Ibn 'Abbās (may Allāh be pleased with him) say: The Prophet of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: "If the son of Adam had a valley filled with wealth he would like to have another one like it. Nothing could satisfy the soul of the son of Adam except dust. And Allāh accepts the repentance of the one who repents."

Ibn 'Abbās said: I do not know whether this is from the Qur'ān or not.

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