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Islam Encourages Compassion, Warmth and Unity – Beautiful Quotes & Accounts


1 – The Messenger of Allah salalahu ‘alayhi wasalam said:

None of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself.

[Reported by al-Bukhari (13), Muslim (45), Ahmad (3/176), at-Tirmidhi (5215), Ibn Majah (66), an-Nasa’i (8/115), and Ibn Hibban (234)]


2 – Ibn Rajab narrated:

“Muhammad bin Wasi’ was selling a donkey to a man, so, the man asked him: “Are you pleased with this donkey?”

Ibn Wasi’ replied:

“If I was not pleased with this donkey, then I would not be selling it to you.””

[‘Jami’ al-‘Ulum wal-Hikam’; 1/305]


3 – ‘Ali bin Abi Talib said:

A man who desires that even the straps of his shoes are better than those of his friend enters into those mentioned in this verse: {“And this is the abode of the Hereafter: We prepare it for those who do not seek high status or mischief in the land.”} [al-Qasas; 83].

[Reported by at-Tabari in ‘Jami’ al-Bayan’; 20/122]


4 – al-Fudayl bin ‘Iyad said:

If you love for the people to have exactly what you have (and nothing more), then you have not been true to your Lord. So, how is it when you secretly wish for them to have less than what you have?

[‘Jami’ al-‘Ulum wal-Hikam’; 1/309]


5 – Ibn ‘Abbas said:

Verily, I come across a verse of the Book of Allah, and I wish that all of the people had the knowledge of it that I have.

[‘Hilyat al-Awliya”; 9/119]


6 – Ibn ‘Abbas also said:

Verily, I become happy when I hear that a land inhabited by the Muslims has received some rainfall, even if I personally have nothing to gain from that rainfall.

[‘Hayat as-Sahabah’; 2/743]


7 – Abu Nu’aym reported:

When ‘Utbah would provide the people with food to break their fast, he would say to some of those present: “Bring me some of your water and dates to break my fast with, so that you would have the same reward as me.””

[‘Hilyat al-Awliya”; 6/235]


8 – ash-Shafi’i said:

I wish that all of the people would learn this knowledge, without any credit being given to me for that.

[‘Siyar al-A’lam an-Nubala”; 10/55]


9 – Abu ‘Abdullah bin al-Khatib narrated:

Abu Hamdun (one of the Tabi’in) had a scroll on which was written the names of three hundred of his close friends, and he used to supplicate for them – one by one – every single night.

[‘Sifat as-Safwah’; 1/492]


10 – Ja’far bin Muhammad said:

What a terrible friend one is: he whose brother does not feel comfortable opening up his bag of belongings in his absence and taking what he needs without asking his permission.

[‘Min Akhlaq as-Salaf’; p. 70]


11 – Abu Sulayman ad-Darani said:

If I were to give the world and all that is in it to a brother of mine, then I would wish that I could give him more.

[‘Ihya’ ‘Ulum ad-Din’; 2/211]


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