Best of traits…

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين أما بعد


عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ قِيلَ لِرَسُولِ اللَّهِ -صلى الله عليه وسلم- أَىُّ النَّاسِ أَفْضَلُ قَالَ:  كُلُّ مَخْمُومِ الْقَلْبِ صَدُوقِ اللِّسَانِ . قَالُوا صَدُوقُ اللِّسَانِ نَعْرِفُهُ فَمَا مَخْمُومُ الْقَلْبِ قَالَ: هُوَ التَّقِىُّ النَّقِىُّ لاَ إِثْمَ فِيهِ وَلاَ بَغْىَ وَلاَ غِلَّ وَلاَ حَسَدَ

Abdullah ibn ‘Umar رضي الله عنهما said the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم was asked, “Which people are the best?” He صلى الله عليه وسلم said, “The best people are those whose tongues are truthful and their hearts are Makhmoom.” They said, “We know the meaning of a truthful tongue, but what is a heart that is Makhmoom?” He said, “It’s a heart that is pious and pure with no sin. This heart has no unfairness, no envy and doesn’t hold malice.” [Ibn Maajah, 4216; al-Albani graded it as saheeh]


1. Shaykh Muhammad Al-Imam حفظه الله spoke about this hadeeth and commented:

“This hadeeth puts in plain words the person who holds the highest moral excellence among the Muslims. Any person’s heart, which is free from harbouring hatred and envy towards his brother, has achieved an enormous amount of good and he is considered amongst the best people.

Therefore, based on this hadeeth we need to investigate what’s in our hearts. Reason being, Shaytan sows seeds of discord. Furthermore fitan doesn’t leave anyone alone. For example, a person is a caller to Allaah and there might occur between two brothers an argument or a dispute or a difference of opinion. Then after this occurs he neglects what’s in his chest. Following this negligence some disdain or distaste enters his heart. Afterwards, these emotions come in his heart. The person must rid of such feelings.

As you are all aware, the human being is constantly trialled with falling into these types of issues of fitan. Therefore each and every one of us, are in dire need to safeguard our hearts. We need to protect that organ so that it remains full with Allaah’s remembrance, fear of Him, aware of His supervision over us, etc. And likewise our hearts need to constantly hold the love of brotherhood. The love of brotherhood must contain love, respect, and loving good for your fellow Muslim, giving him advice and working with him in righteousness and piety. All of these actions are from Islamic legislation.

It’s required that we all examine our hearts. We are human beings and things can enter our chest. We need to protect our hearts against such emotions, especially when issues arise and Shaytan wants to sow discord.”

[Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah]

The entire advice can be found at:


2. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said: “There is an piece of flesh in the body, if it is good, the whole body will be good, and if it is bad the whole body will become bad, verily it is the heart.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

3. Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنهما said concerning Allaah’s words: مِن شَرِّ الْوَسْوَاسِ الْخَنَّاسِ -:
“Shaytan is squatting (ever-perched) upon the heart of the son of Adam. When the son of Adam becomes absent minded and heedless, Shaytan whispers. Then, when he remembers Allaah, Shaytan withdraws.” [Tafseer at-Tabari, 24/709]

4. A truthful tongue follows a pious heart and how can it be any other way? Shaykh al-Islam said: “…indeed the leader of all the limbs and the head of them is the heart, and therefore it was called ‘qalb’…” [Majmoo’ al-Fataawa, vol. 9]

5. Ibn Rajab said: “The salah (i.e. goodness) of actions of any servant is (in) the goodness of his limbs as long as he leaves the haram, and all this depends on the actions of the heart…” [Jami’ al-Uloom wal-Hikam, vol. 1]

And Allaah سبحانه و تعالى is the Source of strength.


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