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In this lecture, Ustadh Mahmud goes through these sayings from Munabbihat, the counsels of four.

Counsel 1:
(1) Those who aspire for Paradise do good deeds
(2) Those afraid of the hell fire will put an end to his lust
(3) Those who have a firm conviction in the imminent arrival of death will lose all his worldly passions
(4) Those who really know the nature of this world will find calamities easy to bear. – ‘Ali (r.a)

Counsel 2:
(1) Salat is the main pillar of Islam, but silence (avoiding vain talk) is better
(2) Sadaqah (alms-giving) will extinguish the anger of Allah, but silence is better
(3) Fasting is a shield against the Hell Fire, but silence is better
(4) Jihad (striving) holds a high position in Islam, but silence is better. – Muhammad (s.a.w)

Counsel 3:
It is narrated that Allah, the Exalted, revealed to a prophet among the Children of Israel:
(1) When you safeguard your tongue from vile talk, it is like a fasting for Me
(2) When you safeguard your limbs from committing haram (prohibited) things, it is like a salat for Me
(3) When you safeguard yourself from seeking aid from creation, it is like a charity for Me
(4) When you safeguard the believers from oppression, it is like a jihad (holy war) for Me

Counsel 4:
Four things darken the heart:
(1) a full stomach without caring if the source is haram or halal
(2) keeping the company of oppressive people
(3) forgetting past sins, and
(4) being under the impression that one’s life is long and forgetting death. 

Four other things illuminate one’s heart:
(1) an empty stomach due to being cautious of not falling into sin
(2) keeping the company of righteous people
(3) constantly remembering one’s past sins, and
(4) curtailed  desires. – ‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud (r.a)

Counsel 5:
The one who claims four things without doing four things, his claim is a lie.
(1) He who claims to love Allah but does not avoid things forbidden by Allah is a liar
(2) He who claims to love the Prophet but does not care for the poor is a liar
(3) He who claims to love Paradise but is not charitable is a liar
(4) He who claims to fear the Fire (Hell) but does not avoid sinful acts is a liar. – Hatim Assam

Counsel 6:
The signs of wretchedness are four. These are:
(1) to forget about past sins, whilst the record is with Allah, the Exalted
(2) to reminisce about past virtuous deeds whilst he is not aware whether such were accepted (as good deeds) or not
(3) to look at those who are richer than him (due to not having contentment) and
(4) to esteem himself to be religiously better by looking at someone who is inferior to him.
Allah says about these kinds of people, “I wanted him but he did not want Me, and thus I have left him.”

(On the other hand) the signs of happiness are also four. These are:
(1) to constantly remember about past sins,
(2) to forget one’s past virtuous deeds,
(3) to look at those who are more pious than he is and
(4) to compare himself with those who are less fortunate than he is. – Muhammad (s.a.w)




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