The Wisdom In Islam: In Muhammad’s Words
“Wisdom in Islam” encompasses in its radiant words the true goals that all of us must strive for. Its bounty of mercy, forgiveness and guidance is stunning in its clarity. Imagine using this wonderful guidance on a regular basis? It is important to endeavor to practice and then to invite others to practice these beautiful words of wisdom.
A Bedouin came one day to the Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) and said to him,
— O, Messenger of Allah! I’ve come to ask you a few questions about the affairs of this life and the Hereafter.
— Ask what you wish.
— I’d like to be the most learned of men.
— Fear Allah, and you will be the most learned of men.
— I wish to be the richest man in the world.
— Be contented, and you will be the richest man in the world.
— I’d like to be the most just man.
— Desire for others what you desire for yourself, and you will be the most just of men.
— I want to be the best of men.
— Do good to others and you will be the best of men.
— I wish to be the most favored by Allah.
— Engage much in Allah’s praise, and you will be most favored by Him.
— I’d like to complete my faith.
— If you have good manners you will complete your faith.
— I wish to be among those who do good.
— Adore Allah as if you see Him. If you don’t see Him, He seeth you. In this way you will be among those who do good.
— I wish to be obedient to Allah.
— If you observe Allah’s commands you will be obedient.
— I’d like to be free from all sins.
— Bathe yourself from impurity and you will be free from all sins.
— I’d like to be raised on the Day of Judgment in the light.
— Don’t wrong yourself or any other creature, and you will be raised on the Day of Judgment in the light.
— I’d like Allah to bestow His mercy on me.
— If you have mercy on yourself and on others, Allah will grant you mercy on the Day of Judgment.
— I’d like my sins to be very few.
— If you seek the forgiveness of Allah as much as you can, your sins will be very few.
— I’d like to be the most honorable man.
— If you do not complain to any fellow creature, you will be the most honorable of men.
— I’d like to be the strongest of men.
— If you put your trust in Allah, you be the strongest of men.
— I’d like to enlarge my provision.
— If you keep yourself pure, Allah will enlarge your provision.
— I’d like to be loved by Allah and His messenger.
— If you love what Allah and His messenger love you will be among their beloved ones.
— I wish to be safe from Allah’s wrath on the Day of Judgment.
— If you do not lose your temper with any of your fellow creatures, you will be safe from the wrath of Allah on the Day of Judgment.
— I’d like my prayers to be responded.
— If you avoid forbidden actions your prayers will be responded.
— I’d like Allah not to disgrace me on the Day of Judgment.
— If you guard your chastity, Allah will not disgrace you on the Day of Judgment.
— I’d like Allah to provide me with a protective covering on the Day of Judgment.
— Do not uncover your fellow creatures faults, and Allah will provide you with a covering protection on the Day of Judgment.
— What will save me from sins?
— Tears, humility and illness.
— What are the best deeds in the eyes of Allah?
— Gentle manners, modesty and patience.
— What are the worst evils in the eyes of Allah?
— Hot temper and miserliness.
— What assuages the wrath of Allah in this life and in the Hereafter?
— Concealed charity and kindness to relatives.
— What extinguishes hell’s fires on the Day of Judgment?
— Patience in adversity and misfortunes.
Imam El Mustaghfiri said: “I have never heard a tradition more comprehensive of the beauties of religion, and more beneficial than this hadith. It collects all the good things of Islam but not put to use.” (Related by Imam Ibn Hambal)