عَنْ عَبْدِالله بْنِ عَمْرٍو قَالَ قِيلَ لِرَسُولِ الله-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 Amr (May Allah be pleased with him) narrated the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) was asked, “Which people are the best? “ He (peace and blessings be upon him) said,” The best people are those whose tongues are truthful and their hearts are” Makhmun” .They said, “We know the meaning of a truthful tongue, but what is a heart that is Makhmun?” 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.”
Collected by Ibn Majah (4216) Al-Albani graded this hadeeth as being Saheeh
Benefits for this topic:
Shaykh Muhammad Al-Imam (may Allah preserve him) spoke about this hadeeth in his general advice to the youth who involve themselves in fault finding, criticizing and belittling their brothers’ efforts. He said,
“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 harboring 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, Shaytaan sows seeds of discord. FurthermoreFitan doesn’t leave anyone alone. For example, a person is a caller to Allah 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 be rid of such feelings.
As you are all aware, the human being is constantly trialed with falling into these types of issues of Fitan. Therefore each and every one of us, are in dire need to safe guard our hearts. We need to protect that organ so that it remains full with Allah’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 Shaytaan wants to sow discord.”
Quotes from the Salaf:
Abdullah ibn ‘Awn Al-Basri said, “There are three things I love for myself and my brother to have. I love learning this Quran and acting by it. I love this Sunnah and striving to implement it and I love for myself and my brothers to invite people to piety.”
“Remembering Allah is a cure and constantly talking about people is a sickness”
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Translated by Abu Aaliyah Abdullah ibn Dwight Battle
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