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Unformatted text preview: Why did he say, "I love you..."? He said it to mentally prepare him to take the advice that followed positively, by showing him true emotional concern. When Mu'adh's soul felt content after hearing those words, the Prophet then gave him the advice. On another occasion, the Prophet took hold of `Abdullah bin Mas'ud's right hand by his right hand and then placed his left hand on top, as a gesture of kindness in order to mentally prepare him for advice. He then said, "O `Abdullah, when you sit for at-Tashahhud in the prayer, you should say, `Salutations to Allah. All acts of worship and good deeds are for Him. Peace and the mercy and blessings of Allah be upon you, O Prophet!" `Abdullah bin Mas'ud retained this in his memory. After many years had passed and the Prophet had died, `Abdullah bin Mas'ud used to proudly relate this incident saying, "The Prophet taught me the Tashahhud whilst my hand was between his hands." On another occasion, the Prophet noticed that `Umar may Allah be pleased with him was making Tawaf around the Ka'bah and as he wished to touch the black stone, he jostled through the crowds and kissed it. `Umar was very muscular and strong, and on his way to the black stone he could have harmed
506 The key 78 the weak. The Prophet wanted to advise him in that regard, so, in order to make him mentally prepared for advice, he started by saying, "O `Umar, you are a strong person." `Umar became pleased upon hearing this. The Prophet then said, "Do not jostle through the crowds to reach the black stone." Once he wanted to encourage Ibn `Umar to perform the night prayers, so he said,"How good a man is `Abdullah! if only he performed the night prayers." In another narration, it is reported that he said, "O `Abdullah! Don't be like so-and-so. He used to perform the night prayers only to stop doing so." Yes, the Prophet would use these methods with all people, and especially with the noble. In the ear...
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