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

Counsel 1:
A wise man gathered four precious sayings from the Scriptures.
(1) From the Tawrah (Torah): He who is content with what Allah, the Exalted, has given to him will find peace and
tranquility both in this world and the hereafter.
(2) From the Injil (Gospel): He who destroys his temptations will be honoured both in this world and the hereafter.
(3) From the Zabur (Psalms): He who secludes himself by giving up unnecessary association with people will be
saved both in this world and the next.
(4) From the Qur’an: He who safeguards his tongue from vain talks will be in peace both in this world and the next.  

Counsel 2:
I swear by Allah that whenever I endured any hardship, I have always been blessed with four bounties from Allah.
(1) The first is that when that hardship was not caused by my sin (I will get reward for that).
(2) The second is that when that hardship was not worse than my sin (I will get reward for that).
(3) The third is that I am not deprived of contentment (since that hardship occurred according to Allah’s decree).
(4) The fourth is that I hope for reward from Allah by enduring the hardship. – ‘Umar r.a

Counsel 3:
A wise man collected many ahadith. Out of this he selected forty thousand ahadith. Next, out of those he selected
four thousand ahadith. Next, out of those he selected four hundred ahadith. Out of those he then selected forty
ahadith. At last, out of those forty he selected only four as the most important admonitions. 

These are:
(1) do not ever depend upon women
(2) do not be deceived by your wealth
(3) do not overburden your stomach with something which it cannot digest
(4) do not seek that knowledge which is of no benefit to you. –‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak

Counsel 4:
It is narrated that Muhammad ibn Ahmad explained the Qur’anic verse “… wa sayyindan wa hasuran wa nabiyan
min al- salihin” (3:39) (meaning: noble, chaste and a Prophet of the righteous) as, “Allah, the Honoured and the
Glorified, referred to Yahya (i.e., John the Baptist) as Sayyid or master despite the fact that he was nothing
more than His slave. This is due to the fact that he was triumphant over four things: 

(1) his hawa
(2) he had full control over Iblis (the accused Satan)
(3) he had full control over his tongue
(4) he had full control over his anger.”

                        



			

	 
				

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