Avoid Being Stingy

Don’t be stingy with money. If a person can help someone out, then they do, if they can overlook someone’s debt, then they do, if they can increase in sadaqa, then they do.

Avoid being miserly as much as possible.

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The Reward of Following a Funeral Procession

The Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) said: “Whoever attends the funeral from the house (of the deceased) [according to one report: whoever follows the funeral of a Muslim out of faith and the hope of reward] until the funeral prayer is offered will have one qeeraat, and whoever attends the funeral until the deceased is buried will have two qeeraats.” He was asked, “O Messenger of Allaah, what are the two qeeraats?” He said, “Like two huge mountains.”

(Narrated by al-Bukhaari, al-Janaa’iz, 1240)

Performing Good Deeds Within Your Capacity

A Hadith narrated by ʻAa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said, “A woman from the tribe of Bani Asad was sitting with me, and the Messenger of Allaah (sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) came to my house and said, ‘Who is this?’ I said, ‘She is so-and-so; she does not sleep at night because she is engaged in prayer.’ The Prophet (sallallaahu ʻalayhi wa sallam) said, ‘Do (good) deeds within your capacity; Allaah never gets tired (of giving rewards) until you get tired (of doing good deeds).’”

[Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Knowledge Necessitates an Increase in Worship

“It is a grave mistake for a person to gain knowledge, and not increase in worship. Ibn Kathir (rh) said, ‘I do not know of anybody in this day and age who would worship Allah more than Ibn al-Qayyim. For this reason, his knowledge remained.

Shaykhul Islam ibn Tayymiyah (rh) would sit after Fajr doing dhikr until the sun had risen high, approximately four hours.

Every student who wants his name (legacy) to remain after his demise, should worship Allah. Through your attachment and worship of Allah, He will bless your knowledge after your death accordingly. Otherwise, your knowledge will end in the grave.”

Avoid Hollow Religiosity

The hypocrites built a masaajid in the time of the Prophet (saw), yet they were exposed. Don’t be someone who lives one life at home with music, movies, bad language, a gangster type attitude and other sins, yet in front of the people in public shows a pious face. Allah will expose such a person and these sins will slip out.

Humbling Oneself

The righteous of the past have said to never meet anyone, except believing that they are better than you. If they are a sinner, then maybe they will repent and have some good in secret which you don’t know about. If they are ignorant, then maybe Allah will excuse them due to them not knowing.

In this way, a person truly humbles themselves.

Hastening Towards Good Deeds

Imam Nawawi (rh) mentions hastening to do good deeds.

Scholars mention that a person should hasten to do good deeds whilst the opportunity is there, as they mention the opportunity may be taken away and may not return again.

Remember, if one person acts upon the good you call them to or a project you are involved in, inshaa’Allah you have a world of good to look forward to in the next life!