This story was narrated by Shaykh Ali Tantawi in his memoir about Shaykh Ahmad Al-Zayaat. Shaykh Ali Tantawi said: “The Shaykh (Ahmad Al-Zayaat) was a teacher, who did not know anything of this world except: The Azhar where he used to teach, the house he used to live in, and the road between them."
An example as to how Muslims are punished for mistreating cats can be found in the hadith (oral traditions telling the story of the Prophet Muhammad and which have been recorded in writing). When a woman kept a cat locked up and failed to feed the cat until the cat died, the woman was tortured and "put to hell.”
There was a king who had a sorcerer, and when that sorcerer became old, he said to the king, “I have become old and my time is nearly over, so please send me a boy whom I can teach magic.” So, the king sent him a boy and the sorcerer taught him magic. Whenever the boy went to the sorcerer, he sat with a monk who was on the way and listened to his speech and admired them.
If a person sees what amazes him, does he say Maashaa Allah Tabaarak Allah (As Allah wills, blessed is Allah!), or Maashaa Allah Tabaarak Allah Laa Quwwata illah billah (As Allah wills, blessed is Allah, there is no strength except with Allah)?
Allah, the Creator of human beings and animals, has made animals subservient to us. We depend on animals for the food we eat and the milk we drink. We bring animals into our homes for love and companionship. We survive a critical illness and live longer because of biomedical research on animals. We visit zoos and aquariums to gain an appreciation for the spectacular diversity of life on earth....
Two sons work for their father on the family's farm. The younger brother had for some years been given more responsibility and reward, and one day the older brother asks his father to explain why? The father says, "First, go to the Jon's Farm and see if they have any Geese for sale - we need to add to our stock." The older son soon returns with the answer, "Yes they have five Geese, which they are ready to sell to us."
Some people joke too much and it becomes a habit for them. This is the opposite of the serious nature which is the characteristic of the believers. Joking is a break, a rest from the ongoing seriousness and striving; it is a little relaxation for the soul. ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Fear joking, for it is folly and generates grudges.”.....
If we been given 60 years to live then it means we been given around 22,000 days (60x365) to live. All these days, which Allah gives us to prepare for one day of 'the interview' with Allah. That is on the Day of Judgement. On that day, Allah will ask us some questions and He wants some correct answers. Allah is so merciful that He already told us what the questions will be through the Quran and hadith. His mercy is so great that He even told us the answers to these questions.
When passing through a mountain pass, a Bedouin (a nomadic Arab ) once came across an old man who was blind and who seemed to be afflicted with various ailments all over his body....
Sincerity in seeking knowledge is a condition that is continuous and not just preliminary. What this means is that the student of knowledge should continually strive to implement sincerity in himself and that he should not refrain from his studies due to the claim that he did not achieve sincerity.