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Personality Development

In the Name of Allâh, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful


From Sahl ibn Aa'd who said that Allâh's Messenger (salAllâhu 'alaihi wa'sallam) said:

"Jibreel came to me and said: O Muhammad! Live as you will for you must certainly die; love whom you will since you must certainly leave him; act as you will since you shall certainly be given due reward for it; know that the believers eminence is his standing in prayer during the night, and his honour is having sufficiency without dependency upon the people."

Reported by al-Haakim (4/324)



The Evil of Craving for Wealth and Status



Author: Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali | Pages: 40 | Size: 1 MB

Many a man has led his soul into destruction by that which he covets. Desiring the riches of this world, recognition and authority amongst the people – it was a trial for the nations of the past and many of us relentlessly chase after it today. We hope that this valuable book highlights the evil consequences of craving after wealth and status and how that can corrupt the Deen of the Muslim. We pray that this realisation causes our brothers and sisters to race one another in hastening towards forgiveness from Allaah, seeking the best provision in the Hereafter – aameen. This is the English translation of the book Sharh Hadeeth Maa Dhi`baan Jaa`I’aan.. (Explanation of the Hadeeth: Two Hungry Wolves…”) by the esteemed scholar of Ahlus-Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah, Imaam al-Haafidh Ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee (d.795h).




The Way to Patience & Gratitude



Author: Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah | Pages: 517 | Size: 10 MB

Patience and Gratitude are the keys to success in this world and the next, as Imam Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya explains in a beautiful Manner in this Book. In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful By the Time, Verily Man is in loss, Except such as have Faith, and do righteous deeds, and (join together) in the mutual teaching of Truth, and of Patience and Constancy.

There is also an abridged version of this book translated as Patience and Gratitude Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah (691 AH).





Dealing with Lust and Greed



Author: Abd al-Hamid Kishk | Pages: 148 | Size: 12 MB

According to the teachings of Al-Islam, the desires and appetites play a vital part in the makeup of every human being; they cannot be ignored. The children of Adam, unlike the angels, face the challenge in this life of mastering these forces within us. If we fail to do so, then we become the servants of our appetites and thus fall below the level of the animal kingdom.




Gems and Jewels



Author: Abdul Malik Mujahid | Pages: 319 | Size: 8 MB

Wise Sayings, Interesting Events & Moral Lessons from the Islamic History. Excerpts and passages collected from many books written by the scholars of the Islam have been compiled in this book. The writings will be of equal interest to all Muslims whether they are Children or Adults, and similarly they will gain a lot of virtues, develop good character patterns, and adopt intellectual behavior in their lives from the examples of the great personalities of Islam.




..So, Do Not Fear Them!



Author: Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi | Pages: 16 | Size: 1 MB

"So do not fear them, and fear Me if you are believers". An Encouragement to Be Firm on the Truth, Openly Express It, and to Not Fear the Helpers of the Tyrants. Translated by Abu Sabaya.


Courtesy of Iskandrani



The Scales of Allah



Author: ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam | Pages: 22 | Size: 1 MB

By the martyred Imam ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam (May Allah have Mercy upon him). “…This is the cream of the people. Search for it. Live with it. Travel with it as your guide and under its leadership. Worship Allah by way of the light that you see and hear from them…”. Translated by Abu Sabaya.




Being True With Allah



Author: ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam | Pages: 20 | Size: 1 MB

By the martyred Imam ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam (May Allah have Mercy upon him). “…the biggest problem facing Islam today is the lack of the sincere and truthful amongst those who are working for Allah, except for those few hidden, pious, and pure people who were made for leading nations, and were made for navigating the ship…”. Translated by Abu Sabaya.




From the Characteristics of the Salaf



Author: Sheikh Ahmed Fareed | Pages: 125 | Size: 5 MB

This book offers a glimpse into the lives of those who have been praised by both Allah and His Messenger in general. Written in easy English and specially adapted for those who speak it as a first language, it is an invaluable aid to developing one’s character in the footsteps of those who lived and worshipped Allah honourably. It is based on an original Arabic compilation and has been checked for authenticity. People of all ages and learning should be able to benefit from this book. The style facilitates vitally needed reflection on this topic and makes for a great gift to anyone for whom we care.




Book of Manners



Author: Fu'ad Ibn 'Abdul-'Azeez Ash-Shulhoob | Pages: 500 | Size: 15 MB

Among the many good deeds that the Prophet (S) guided us to and the evil that he (S) warned us about, are a set of manners that are comprehensive of worldly matters and religious matters, of worship and dealings - dealings with one's family, children, acquaintances, and strangers. On this subject the writings of great scholars like Ibn Al-Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah, Ibn Muflaih and As-Safaareenee have been summarized in this book.




Islamic Etiquette



Author: Abu Bakr Jabir Al-Jaza'iry | Pages: 166 | Size: 37 MB

This is a portion of Abu Bakr A1-Jazairi's well-known and well-accepted work Minhaj-ul-Muslim - "The Way of the Muslim." The Author has pointed out that Islam is a religion of etiquette and touches upon almost every deed of Islam in relation to the most related customs of a particular time and place. The Author has urged that in Islamic culture a Muslim should have to pay all his duties in this sense. The Author has described all the Islamic attitudes required by a Muslim especially intention, behavior towards Allah, towards one's parents and his children, relatives and neighbors.




The Prophet's Methods Of Correcting People's Mistakes



Author: Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid | Pages: 65 | Size: 1 MB

There are many teaching methods with different means and aids. Correcting mistakes is one of these teaching methods and educationalists call is the "remedial method." Correcting people's mistakes is essential if teaching people is the aim. Correcting mistakes is a divine method the Prophet (pbuh) practiced as the Qur'an was sometimes revealed to correct some mistakes of the Sahabah (companions of the Prophet). The Prophet (pbuh) was divinely guided in correcting the mistakes of people. So his methods are the best mankind has ever known. Following the example of the Prophet (pbuh) is therefore the best approach if one is really keen to teach Islamic knowledge and all the other branches of knowledge. The author has in this book compiled many methods of the Prophet (pbuh) for teaching people and correcting their mistakes. This book, as such, is indispensable for everyone who is concerned with education in general, and Islamic knowledge in particular.





Dealing with Worries and Stress



Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid

It is the nature of this life that people will suffer from worries and stress, because this world is the place of disease, hardship and suffering. It is also the nature of this life that people have to put with suffering and hardship for various reasons. So people feel regret for what has happened in the past, anxious about that may happen in the future, and worried about what is going on in the present. The things that cross our mind and make us feel distressed are things in the past that have caused grief, things in the future that we are worried about, and things in the present which concern us.

People react differently to stress and worries, depending on how many things are concerning them, whether the worry is continuous or not, and on whether they have faith in their hearts or are rebellious and sinful. We may describe people's hearts as being of two types: either the heart is the throne of Allaah, filled with light, life, happiness, joy and all the treasures of goodness; or it is the throne of Shaytaan, wherein is distress, darkness, death, grief, worry and anxiety.




Trials and Tribulations : Wisdom and Benefits



Author: al-Imam al-'Izz bin 'Abdus-Salam | Pages: 63 | Size: 1 MB

A wonderful treatise on the reality and causes of trials and tribulations, their reasons, their benefits, there results and the correct understanding and approach towards them. People often see, and hear of, the believers being afflicted with adversity and tribulations, and conversely they often see, and hear of, the disbelievers attaining leadership and wealth in this world. This leads them to believe that well-being in this world is only reserved for the disbelievers and only a fraction of it is given to the believers; and also to believe that nobility and might is for the disbelievers in this world and for the believers in the Hereafter.




Lying & Envying



Author: Abdul-Malik Al-Qasim | Pages: 48 | Size: 4 MB

Truthfulness and kindness are the signs of happiness of the nation and the individual. The key to happiness is sincerity and compassion, while misery is associated with lying and envying. Allah has not blessed any person with a blessing after Islam greater than truthfulness and kindness. Allah has never tried a person with something worse than lying and envying, All forms of lying and envying have been discussed in this publication and the teachings of Islam have been elaborated regarding all these forms and how to cope with them in day-to-day life activities.




The Many Dangers of the Tongue



Compiled by Imraan Hussein. May Allah, the Most High assist us to purify our tongues, and avoid its evil consequences. According to Ibn`Umar, the thing that needs the most purification by any person, is his tongue. Let us guard our tongues from these evils, lest our works be destroyed. Remember the statement of the Prophet (peace be upon him) to Mu`aadh, may Allah be pleased with him:"...then he (peace be upon him) said "Shall I not tell you of what control all that? I said: "Yes, O Messenger of Allah, and he took hold of his tongue and said: "Restrain this. " I said "O Prophet of Allah, will what we say be held against us? He (peace be upon him) said: "May your mother be bereaved for you, O Mu'adh! Is there anything that topples people on their faces - or he said on their noses - into the Hell fire, other than the harvest of their tongues. " [At-Tirmidhi]




Kindness & Gentleness



Author: Dr Fadl al-Ilaahi | Pages: 118 | Size: 8 MB

Undoubtedly, the heart leans towards those who are kind and gentle. It was said a long time ago: "Make your face happy and your words gentle, and you will be more beloved to the people than those who give them a gift". Likewise, it is a part of human nature to turn away from severity and harsh heartedness even if it were to come from (our Prophet who is) the best of Allaah the Most High's creatures. Allaah the Most High says: "...And had you been severe and harsh hearted, they would have broken away from you..." The one calling to the religion of Islam and dealing with other people has the utmost need to gather the people around him, and cause their hearts to lean towards him so that they will listen to him. Adorning himself with kindness and gentleness helps to achieve that goal with the grace of Allaah.




Al-Akhlâq wa’l-Siyar (Morals and Behaviour)


By Ibn Hazm al-Andalusi. I have gathered together in this book numerous ideas which Allâh, the provider of intellect, has enabled me to profit from as day succeeded day, [and year succeeded year] and circumstances altered, permitting me to understand the vicissitudes of fate and to control its fluctuations, to the extent that I have devoted the larger part of my life to it. I have chosen to master these problems by study and contemplation, rather than throw myself into the various sensual pleasures which attract most souls on this earth, and rather than amass unnecessary wealth. I have gathered together all my observations into this book in the hope that the Almighty may allow it to benefit whichever of His servants He wishes who has access to [is capable of understanding] my book, in the matters over which I have slaved, devoting all my efforts to them and reflecting at length upon them. I hope that it will be well received, and I present it with good intentions and blessings [with a good heart].




40 Hadeeth on the Islamic Personality



By Shaikh Salim al-Amry

Shaikh Salim al-Amry is from the United Arab Emirates. He is a Computer Engineer by profession, however has spent a major part of his youth studying under different scholars. He has taken the effort to obtain knowledge of the different sciences of Islam including Aqidah, Usool, Hadeeth, Fiqh, Tafseer, Arabic language and more. His teachers include: Shaikh Ali Khashshan and Shaikh Mahmood 'Atiyyah, who were two of the first students of Shaikh Albani and under both Shaikh Salim studied Aqidah.


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Taken From Ibraheems Creed



Anxiety



Stress, worries, fears and miscellaneous can weaken a person’s iman. Rafil Dhafir explains how Allah can help a person though any trial, bringing ease after hardship. This lecture provides details regarding the dependent relationship a person has with his creator, as well as many practical remedies for stress.




Extremism



Jamal Zarabozo

In this series of lectures, Shaykh Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo presents an in-depth study of one of the most vital topics for Muslims in West: Religious Extremism. These eight presentations provide one of the most detailed analyses of the subject to date. Being thoroughly accurate, Shaykh Zarabozo imbues a high academic standard, thereby quenching the intellectual thirst of the listener. The topics covered include the following: 1- Important Concepts of Extremism Defined. 2- The Shariah's Prohibition of Extremism. 3- Manifestation of Extremism. 4- The Concept of Extremism. 5- The Evils of Extremism. 6- The Solutions for Extremism.




Envy: Al-Hasad



Jamal Zarabozo

In this series of lectures, the speaker first explains the central role of the heart and the dangers of diseases in the heart. Next comes an indepth discussion of the concept of hasad and its evil consequences. This is followed by steps one can follow to remove this disease from one's heart. Finally, the positive aspects of the obligatory hasad, competing in good deeds and sacrificing for the sake of others-the antidote to hasad-are discussed.




Self Image Psychology



Self Image Psychology expounds on some of the harmful messages promoted by the western media. The speaker points out how these common messages damage the Muslims’ self-image psychology. Among the many things discussed in this presentation are examples of proper self-respect and self-reverence from the lives of the Companions of the Prophet Muhammad (s). In addition, the speaker mentions common acts that entail lack of self esteem, such as the changing of Muslim names to non Muslim ones and the changing of the Islamic identity in general. The mere nature of this discussion reveals how Muslims today really view themselves.




Featured Article


"Know that not everyone is suitable to be your friend..."

1 - Allah Said:

{"Ah! Woe to me! If only I had never taken so-and-so as a friend! He indeed led me astray from the Reminder after it had come to me!"}

[al-Furqan; 28-29]


2 - The Messenger of Allah said:

"A person is upon the way of his friend. So, let one of you look to whom he keeps as a friend."


['Sahih al-Jami'' (3545) and 'as-Silsilah as-Sahihah' (927)]


3 - 'Abdullah bin Ahmad bin Hambal said:


"My father went out to Tarsus on foot, and he perfored two or three Hajjs on foot, and he was the most patient of people upon being alone."

['Tarjamat al-Imam Ahmad'; p. 18]


4 - Ibn al-Qayyim said:

"Know that the greatest of losses is for you to be preoccupied with one who will bring you nothing but a loss in your time with Allah - the Mighty and Majestic - and being cut off from Him, a wasting your time with the person, a weakening of your energy, and the dispersing of your resolve. So, if you are tested with this - and you must be tested with this - deal with him according to how Allah would wish, and be patient with him as much as possible. Get closer to Allah and His Pleasure by way of this person, and make your getting together with him something to benefit from, not something to incur a loss from. Be with him as if you are a man who is on a road who was stopped by another man, who then asks you to take him on your journey. Make sure that you are the one who gives him a ride, and that he is not the one giving you the ride. If he refuses, and there is nothing to gain from travelling with him, do not stop for him, bid him farewell, and do not even turn back to look at him, as he is a highway robber, regardless of who he really is.

So, save your heart, be wary of how you spend your days and nights, and do not let the Sun set before you arrive at your destination."

['al-Wabil as-Sayyib'; p. 45]


5 - Ibn Jama'ah said:


"So, it is upon the student of knowledge to abandon socialization, as abandoning it is from the most important things that the student of knowledge must do - let alone with members of the opposite gender - especially with those who spend most of their time in play, and spend little of their time in thought, as the nature of individuals can rob you.

The harms of socialization include the passing of life without any benefit, as well as the decline of wealth and religious practice, if this socialization were to occur with the wrong people.

The student of knowledge should not mix except with either those who he can benefit, or can benefit from. And if he is offered the friendship of one who will waste his time with him, will not benefit him, will not benefit from him, and will not assist him in reaching his objective, he should politely end the relationship from the start before it progresses to something deeper, as when something becomes established, it becomes more difficult to change it. There is a phrase that is constantly on the tongues of the Fuqaha': 'Repelling something is easier than removing it.'

So, if he requires someone to befriend, let that person be righteous, religious, pious, wary, intelligent, full of benefit, having little evil, good at complying, rarely conflicting, reminding him if he forgets, cooperating with him when he is reminded, helpful if he is in need, and comforting if he is in distress."

['Tadhkirat as-Sami' wal-Mutakallim'; p. 83]


6 - Ibn Qudamah al-Maqdisi said:

"Know that not everyone is suitable to be your friend. You must verify that this potential friend has the neccessary characteristics that make friendship with him something to be desired. The one you seek to befriend must have five characteristics:

  • He must be intelligent, as there is no good in befriending an idiot, as he will only harm you when he wants to benefit you. By intelligent, we mean one who understands things as they are, either on his own, or if they are explained to him;
  • He must have good manners, and this is a must. One who is simply intelligent might be overcome by anger or desire, and obey his desire. Thus, there would be no benefit in befriending him;
  • He must not be a fasiq, as such a person would not fear Allah, and whoever does not fear Allah cannot be trusted;
  • He must not be an innovator, as his abundance of innovation is feared from befriending him;
  • He should not be eager for the dunya."
['Mukhtasar Minhaj al-Qasidin'; p. 126-132]




Forty Hadeeth On: The Islamic Personality
by Shaykh 'Alî Hasan 'Alî 'Abdul Hamîd

A Muslim's Nationality and His Belief
by al-Ustaath Sayyid Qutb

Equality of Men and Women in all Three Levels of Islam
by Shaykh `Abdul Rahman `Abdul Khaliq

How Can We Confront Intellectual Attack
by Shaykh 'Abdul-'Azeez Ibn Baaz

Contemplating the Case of the Human without Senses
by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah

Dialogue Between the Pious and the Wretched
by Shaykh `Aa'id Abdullah al-Qarnee

Encouraging Utilization of Time and Warning Against Wasting It
by Khaled Al-Jeraisy

Ensure Benefiting From Time
by Khaled Al-Jeraisy

Roadmap to Paradise
by Unknown Author

Signs of a Good End
by Shaykh Muhammed bin Naasiradeen al-Albaani

Signs of a Good End to One's Life
by Shaikh ‘Alee Ibn Hasan 'Abdul-Hameed Al-Halabee

Some Examples of Great People
by Shaykh Abdullah bin Muhammad al-Mu`taz

The Dangers of Narrow-Mindedness
by Ahmad as-Sowayyan

The Interpretation of the Behavioral Motives Among Muslims in the Early Period of Islam
by Dr. Akram Diya Al-Umari

Time Is Not Money (The Muslim's Duty Regarding Time)
by Khaled Al-Jeraisy

Utilize Leisure Time
by Khaled Al-Jeraisy

What Can You Do In Ten Minutes?
by 'Abdulmaalik al-Qaasim

Honesty
by 'Ali Ba Dahdah

Coping with Personal Problems
by Sheikh Salman al-'Awdah

Three Distinctions Often Confused
Ibn al-Qayyim

ANGER: Ten Ways to Defeat It
Various Authors

Living Together
Shaykh ‘Abdullah ‘Azzam

The Fear of Fame: A Lost Characteristic
Dr. Sayyid al-’Affani

Natural Instincts
Abdullah Faisal

Lessons Ibn al-Mubarak Taught Us
Ibn al-Jawzi

Bounds of Our Mannerisms
Ibn al-Qayyim

Islam and Ego
Nouman Ali Khan

He Who Has No One, Has Allah
Navaid Aziz

Reflections on The Prophets
Bilal Assad

Love To Be Unknown
Sayyid al-‘Affani

Wasting Time
Assim Al-Hakeem

From Active to Proactive
Waleed Abdulhakeem

Get Rich or Die Trying
Assim Al Hakeem


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