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Shafi’i on Debate: Best answer to a fool is silence

Imam al-Shafi’i, may Allah be pleased with him, said in his poetry, “If a fool speaks to you, do not answer him, for the best answer is silence. If you […]

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Umar II on Knowledge: Action without knowledge more harmful than good

Sa’id ibn Abdul Aziz reported: Umar ibn Abdul Aziz, may Allah have mercy on him, wrote to the people of Medina, “Whoever worships without knowledge will cause more harm than

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Shafi’i on Knowledge: I desire no praise or credit for teaching

Ibn Abi Hatim reported: Al-Shafi’i, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “I never debated anyone and loved for him to be wrong. There is no knowledge in my heart

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Shafi’i on Debate: Only debate those who might accept truth

Al-Bayhaqi reported: Al-Shafi’i, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “I never debated anyone I knew to be founded upon innovation.” Al-Bayhaqi said, “This is because the one founded upon

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Shafi’i on Debates: Arguing in religion breeds hate, bad will

Al-Rabia’ ibn Sulayman reported: Al-Shafi’i, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Arguing about the religion hardens the heart and produces resentment.” And Al-Shafi’i said, “I never debated anyone but

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Shafi’i on Brotherhood: Be brothers, even if you disagree on issues

Yunus al-Sadafi reported: I have not seen anyone wiser than Imam al-Shafi’i, may Allah be pleased with him. I argued with him one day over an issue and then we

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Hadith on Silence: Be restrained about Companions, Qadr, and stars

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If my companions are mentioned, be restrained. If the stars are mentioned, be restrained. If

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Hadith on Adab: House in paradise for those with good character

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever abandons lies in support of falsehood, a house will be built for him in

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Hadith on Brotherhood: Do not argue or break your promises

Ibn Abbas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Do not argue with your brother, do not excessively joke with him, and do not make a promise

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Ibn Abbas on Knowledge: I wish everyone knows as I know

Ibn Rajab reported: Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “Verily, I will pass over a verse from the Book of Allah and I would love for all

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Hadith on Ayyub: Prophet Job hates arguments about Allah

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Job the Prophet of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, remained in his trial

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Hadith on Sahaba: Do not speak badly of the Prophet’s companions

Anas reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Leave my companions alone. By the One in whose hand is my soul, if one of you were to

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Hadith on Satan: Devil sits with those who curse each other

Abu Huraira reported: A man insulted Abu Bakr while the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was sitting down. The Prophet was initially impressed by Abu Bakr and he

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Hadith on Leniency: Who swore by Allah not to do good?

Aisha reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, heard the loud voices to two men arguing at the door. One of them was asking the other

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Umar on Islam: Muslims ruined by faulty scholars, leaders, hypocrites

Ziyad ibn Hudayr reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said to me, “Do you know what will dismantle Islam?” I said no. Umar said, “Islam will

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Hadith on Ramadan: Knowledge of Laylat al-Qadr removed by insults

‘Ubadah ibn al-Samit reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, came out to inform people about the Night of Decree in Ramadan, but two Muslim men were

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Hadith on Knowledge: Warning to study Islam for worldly reasons

Ka’b ibn Malik reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever seeks knowledge to impress the scholars, to argue with the foolish, or to attract the attention

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Hadith on Truth: Allah opposes liars, backbiters, slanderers

Ibn Umar reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Whoever intercedes to obstruct a prescribed punishment from Allah, he has opposed Allah. Whoever argues in falsehood, and

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Hadith on Silence: Speak truth, or be silent and safe

Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “May Allah have mercy on a man who spoke rightly and was rewarded, or who

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Hadith on Bounties: Allah loves to see traces of His blessings

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, when Allah Almighty bestows bounties upon a servant, He loves to see the traces of

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