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From the Messenger (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam)“Verily, from amongst Mankind are a people who are keys to goodness and they close the doors to evil.” [Ibn Majah, sahih]

Regarding the verse,

أَلا إِنَّ أَوْلِيَاء اللّهِ لاَ خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلاَ هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
“No doubt! Verily, the Awliya’ of Allah, no fear shall come upon them nor shall they grieve…”

He (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, ‘They (Awliya’) are the ones who remind you of Allah when you look at them.’ [Abu Nu’aym, al-Daylami; sahih]

Zayn al-‘Abidin: ‘A person only sits with one who benefits him with regards to his faith.’

As the poet said,

You are weighed up in society
By the one whom you take as a friend
So accompany the best and you shall rise
And attain a noble reputation

It is reported that whenever Imam Ahmad heard of a righteous individual or one with good zuhd (asceticism) or one who established the Truth and followed it, he would ask around for that person as he loved for there to be some acquaintance between them. He loved to know and keep up with their state and condition.

Ibn al-Qayyim on Ibn Taymiyyah‘Allah knows that I have never seen anyone who lived a better life than him despite what surrounded him of scarcity, poverty and lack of luxury, of imprisonment, threats and pressure. Despite that, he led the best of lives, was high-spirited, had the strongest of hearts and was the happiest of people – the look of tranquillity showed on his face. Whenever our fear intensified, whenever our hopes and thoughts fell low and whenever the earth constricted upon us, we would go to him, and it wouldn’t be anymore than a moment of seeing him and hearing his words that all those feelings would disappear, and we’d return delighted, strengthened, with more conviction and serenity.’

Al-Hasan al-Basri said, ‘Our brothers are more beloved to us than our own wives and children because our families remind us of the Dunya (this world) whereas our brothers remind us of the Hereafter.’

Ibn ‘Aqeel: ‘Allah protected me in old age with a number of things and He limited my love to (seeking) knowledge and its people; so I have never accompanied one who fooled around nor have I ever associated myself except with those like me in seeking knowledge.’

The wife of Habib Abu Muhammad woke up one night and said, ‘Get up, indeed the night has passed by and the day has drawn near. In front of you is a long trail but with little provision. The caravan of the righteous has gone ahead of us whilst we remain behind.’

 [‘Uluww al-Himmah]
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