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Unformatted text preview: issue, such as advising someone against anger, drinking alcohol, leaving the prayer, disobeying the parents and so on. I contemplated the personal advices given by the Prophet and noticed that they are not longer than a sentence or two. For example, "O `Ali, do not follow a look by another look, for the first look is for you, but the second is not." End of story. This was a very brief piece of advice. 385 Be concise and do not argue 56 "O `Abdullah bin `Umar, be in this world as if you are a stranger, or a wayfarer." End of story. Another very brief piece of advice. "O Mu'adh! By Allah I love you! Do not forget to say after every prayer: `O Allah, help me to remember you, thank you and worship you perfectly.'" "O `Umar! You are a strong person, so do not jostle through the crowds to reach the black stone." Similarly, the intelligent people after the Prophet would keep their advice brief. Abu Hurayrah may Allah be pleased with him once met al-Farazdaq the poet and said, "Dear nephew! I notice that your feet are small, try to look for a place for them in paradise." Meaning; Try to find a place for yourself in paradise by leaving off slandering chaste women in your poetry. `Umar may Allah be pleased with him was on his deathbed and people were visiting him one after another to bid him farewell and praise his efforts. There came a young man who said, "Glad tidings, O leader of the believers! Glad tidings of accompanying the Messenger of Allah ! You strove for Islam as you are aware, then became a just leader, and now you have been martyred." `Umar replied, "I wish none of this is a proof against me or for me." When the young man turned around to leave, `Umar saw his garment dragging on the ground. His garment was hanging below his ankles. `Umar may Allah be pleased with him wanted to
386 Be concise and do not argue 56 advise the young man, so he said, "Bring the boy back to me." When the young man came back and stood in front of...
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course REL 101 taught by Professor Professorsunni during the Spring '12 term at N.C. State.
- Spring '12