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Celebs Who Are Muslim

By Ayden Zayn
May 24, 2017

 

Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali is the only celebrity on this list who is no longer alive. He actually died while this article was being written but I felt compelled to include this legend anyways since his influence and impact on pop culture was without comparison, in my opinion. While he was alive Muhammad Ali was not only the most famous Muslim by far, but it can be argued he was the most famous person, period.

Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky he won the heavyweight championship in 1964 at the age of 22. Shortly after he converted to the so-called Nation “of Islam” (not orthodox Islam) and changed his name. In 1967, the prime of his career, he refused to be drafted into the military to serve in Vietnam on the basis of his religious beliefs. He was subsequently arrested, convicted of draft evasion and stripped of his championship title. After a four year struggle his conviction was ultimately overturned by the Supreme Court and Ali resumed fighting.

He was a hero, especially to African-Americans, for being so outspoken during the civil rights era when doing so often resulted in imprisonment (Nelson Mandela) or assassination (Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X). He is generally considered the greatest boxer of all time and is an enduring symbol of courage, commitment and principle. He converted to Sunni (orthodox) Islam in 1975. Both during and after his boxing career, he utilized his fame as a diplomat and humanitarian to spread peace throughout the globe despite suffering from Parkinson’s disease in his later years. He died in June of 2016.
 

Hasan Minhaj
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Hasan Minhaj is an American comedian and actor of Indian heritage. He is currently a Senior Correspondent on “The Daily Show”. He was chosen to perform at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Minhaj comes from a Muslim family originally from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India. His parents immigrated to Davis, California, where Minhaj was born and raised. Wikipedia
 

Mos Def
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Wikipedia says about hip-hop artist and actor Mos Def: “Dante Terrell Smith Bey was born in Brooklyn, New York City, the son of Sheron Smith and Abdul Rahman. The eldest of 12 children and step-children, he was raised by his mother in Brooklyn, while his father lived in New Jersey. Although his father was initially a member of the Nation of Islam and later followed Imam Warith Deen Mohammed, who merged into mainstream Sunni Islam from the Nation, Mos Def was not exposed to [orthodox] Islam until the age of 13. At 19, he took his shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith.”
 

Cat Stevens
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Born in London to a Greek Orthodox father and Baptist mother, Steven Georgiou developed an interest in music at an early age and, inspired by British groups such as The Beatles, he began writing and playing music as a teenager. By the age of 18 he signed his first record deal. His success was immediate as his debut album reached the top 10 in the UK. By 1968 he contracted tuberculosis as the result of a grueling schedule that included shows, appearances and interviews. He was forced to put the pop-star lifestyle on hold while being hospitalized for several months. According to CatStevens.com he then “began a process of inner reflection and meditation… His lyrics became more subtle and intuitive, and he was now beginning to explore spiritual paths.” His newfound spirituality would be challenged when he nearly drown while swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Shortly thereafter he was given a copy of the Qur’an by his brother and in 1977 he converted to Islam. For more on his journey watch the VH1 documentary “Cat Stevens: The Story Behind the Music“.
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Perhaps unfamiliar to a younger generation of basketball fans, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reigns as the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. He scored more points in his career than any NBA player (including Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan) on his way to winning six NBA championships. He was also one of the greatest college players of all-time, winning three consecutive national championships for UCLA and three tournament MVPs from 1967 to 1969. While attending UCLA he converted to Islam and changed his name from his birth name Lew Alcindor. Today he appears frequently on TV to discuss matters of race and religion.
 

Riz Ahmed
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Rizwan “Riz” Ahmed is a British actor and rapper of Pakistani descent. As an actor, he was initially known for his work in independent films such as “The Road to Guantanamo”, “Shifty”, “Four Lions”, “Trishna”, and “Ill Manors”, before his breakout role in “Nightcrawler”. Since then, he has appeared in the films “Una”, “Jason Bourne”, and the first Star Wars Anthology film, “Rogue One”. He also starred in the HBO miniseries “The Night Of” as Nasir Khan; the show and his performance were critically lauded, earning him Golden Globe and SAG nominations. He appeared on TIME magazine’s The Most Influential People of 2017 list. Quoted from Wikipedia.
 

Jermaine Jackson
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Older brother of the late pop superstar Michael Jackson, Jermaine began his music career as a member of the group “The Jackson Five”. He would eventually leave to pursue a solo career, recording several hit songs throughout the 70’s and 80’s. Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness he embraced Islam in 1989, saying “I found in Islam the answers to those queries which I had failed to find in Christianity.”
 

Everlast
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Everlast is a rapper/singer who burst onto the music scene in 1992 with his smash hit “Jump Around” while a member of the group “House of Pain”. The song reached #3 in the U.S. and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Born into a Catholic family of German and Irish descent, he accepted Islam in 1996. His career reached its pinnacle in 2000 when he won the Grammy for “Put Your Lights On”, a song he performed with guitar legend Santana. Everlast, whose birth name is Erik Schrody, said this song was “the most personal songs I ever wrote”. He wrote it while recovering from a major heart attack. He described the song as “kind of all about hope, but coming from a really dark place… and really questioning a lot of your beliefs, and affirming… stuff in your soul.” At the end of the song he rhythmically recites the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith (shadadah) in Arabic, which translates as “No god but God”.
 

Stevie B
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You may not know the name but for fans of 80’s dance music you most likely know his song “Because I Love You (The Postman Song)” which went #1 in 1990 and remained at the top of the U.S. Billboard charts for 4 weeks. He converted to Islam shortly after and his subsequent album “Healing” reflected his new spiritual path, featuring cover art adorned with Islamic motifs and several songs with a more meaningful and conscientious message. In the song “Force Inside of Me” Stevie sings “Islam is growing now, making history… Allah will set you free… Will you take a stand with me?” The song “Tender Love” speaks not about a woman’s love but rather God’s love and includes the Arabic recitation of the shahadah, the Islamic declaration of faith, much like Everlast (see above).
 

Faran Tahir
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Born in America to Muslim parents from Pakistan, Faran Tahir has become an accomplished film and television actor. He’s played major roles in such films as “Iron-Man” (2008), “Star Trek” (2009) and “Elysium” (2013). He’s also appeared in over 40 TV shows such as “Criminal Minds”, “NCIS”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, “The West Wing” and “Law & Order”.
 

Irrfan Khan
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According to Wikipedia Irrfan Khan is “an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Hindi cinema. He is also known for his works in British films, and Hollywood. Film critics, contemporaries, and other experts consider him to be one of the finest actors in Indian cinema for his versatile and natural acting.” In America he’s best known for his roles in the films “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Life of Pi” (2012) and “Jurassic World” (2015). He was born in India and raised as a Muslim.
 

Why Certain Celebs Are Not Mentioned

You may have read elsewhere that celebs like Snoop Dog, Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes and others are Muslim, and you may be wondering why they’re not mentioned above. The reason is that many of them follow a version of what they call “Islam” but, in reality, is a contradiction and violation of the Qur’anic teachings. Groups like the Nation “of Islam” (NOI) and the Five-Percenters are considered by Sunni (orthodox) Islamic scholars to be a heretical version of Islam.

It’s not my intention to judge any individual or group and I recognize that the NOI has uplifted many African-Americans socially, morally and spiritually and that many of them (like the aforementioned Muhammad Ali) have taken the next natural step of accepting true Islam. But until they actually do that and make it known publicly, I do not feel comfortable calling them “Muslim”, irregardless of what they call themselves.

With that said, the omission of anyone from the above list does not necessarily mean they are followers of the NOI or some other heretical sect. It simply means that I didn’t have enough information to feel comfortable including them on the list. At the end of the day this list is fluid and can and, presumably will, be updated. For this you can help by providing evidence that a particular person should be included on it. Send me a message here.

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These Real Life Superheroes Are Also Muslims

By Ayden Zayn
May 20, 2017

When we hear Muslim or Arabic names mentioned in the media today, it’s unfortunate that we often expect a negative news story to follow, such as a suspected terror plot or an actual terror attack. But as with any race, religion or culture there are those who choose evil and those who choose good. This article highlights those Muslims who chose good, who bravely acted in service to humanity while, in many cases, risking their own lives and/or reputations. In the end, these Muslims can legitimately be called “real life superheroes”.

 

Abdelkader El Djezairi

This 19th Century freedom fighter led a conscientious resistance against French colonialists in his native Algeria. A descendant of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad and a scholar of Islam, he became renowned for his humane treatment of prisoners of war and for his protection of thousands of Christians from persecution and slaughter at the hands of the Druze zealots in Damascus. This won him admiration and praise from scores of Western/American leaders, intellects and elites including Abraham Lincoln. Read More

 

Muhammad Ali

The former heavyweight boxer was not only the most celebrated athlete but, perhaps, the most celebrated person of our era. He was well known for refusing to serve in Vietnam based on his principals and religious beliefs, sacrificing his eligibility and prime years of his boxing career. A became a pioneering symbol of courage, dignity and conviction during the civil rights struggles of African-Americans. Muhammad Ali has been honored with countless awards including the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal by President George W. Bush, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the “Otto Hahn Peace Medal in Gold”. But lost in all the accolades was maybe his greatest feat of all… saving the life of a distraught man set on killing himself. Watch the video.

 

Noor Inayat Khan

Born in Russia to a Muslim-Indian father and an American mother, Noor Inayat Khan and her family eventually settled in France. The eldest of her three siblings, it was on the cusp of her teenage years that she was thrust into the role of family caretaker when her father died and her mother became overcome with grief. She would go on to compose music and write poetry and publish a children’s book. When France was invaded by Germany at the onset of World War II, the family fled to England where she would enlist in the Women’s Auxiliary Airforce. The rest of her story reads like a Tom Clancy spy novel. She rose up the ranks during her training and ultimately would become an undercover special agent in Nazi-occupied France. Within 90 days her intelligence and support network, including most of her fellow field agents and her superiors were rounded up by the German SS (Security Service) and arrested. On the run from the SS and with virtually no assistance, she continued to transmit critical data back to Britain. She was betrayed by another French agent and arrested. She courageously resisted SS interrogation for over a month, however, her written notes were later discovered. The SS used the data to impersonate Khan and send false messages to her headquarters arranging for false rendezvous. This led to the capture and execution of numerous other agents. After escaping prison and being recaptured, Khan was classified as “highly dangerous” and shackled for the remainder of her imprisonment until executed on September 13, 1944. Throughout her captivity she refused to divulge any information that could be useful to the Nazi war effort despite the horrific conditions she faced. She was posthumously awarded the George Cross and a French Croix de Guerre with silver star.

 

Lassana Bathily
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Lassana Bathily was working as a stockman at a Jewish supermarket just outside Paris on the day of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January of 2015. When one y the terrorists stormed into the market, Bathily protected a group of Jewish patrons by hiding them in the cellar. He ultimately saved them and helped to end the siege by slipping out and sharing critical details with police. Bathily was honored as a national hero and awarded French citizenship. Ella Bennett wrote in The Jerusalem Post, “Lassana Bathily represents everything that is positive about humanity and shows that we must not condemn people based solely on their religion, rather, we must judge people by their actions.” Read More

 

Salah Farah

In late 2015 Salah Farah was a passenger on a bus in Kenya when terrorists stormed it, threatening to kill all Christians aboard while sparing the Muslims. When they demanded the Christians and Muslims split up Farah refused, saying “Kill all of us or leave us alone.” The terrorists shot him and a few others after a brief argument. He died later from his injuries, leaving behind four children and his pregnant wife. Read More

 

Abdul Haji
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The headline reads “American Family in Emotional Reunion With Rescue Hero Abdul Haji”. That sums up a story that found Kenyan businessman Abdul Haji ushering trapped civilians to safety amidst a 2013 terrorist attack on a mall in Nairobi. Haji took up arms to fight the terrorists and save his brother, and then scores of other trapped mall goers including an American mother and her three young daughters. Read More

 

Mohammad Salman Hamdani

Mohammad Salman Hamdani was the NYPD cadet and EMT who was killed in the World Trade Center on 9/11 where he had rushed to help save lives. He was under no obligation to do so since he was not on duty at the time. He was hailed as a hero by New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg and the police commissioner. He was mentioned in the subsequent U.S. Congress “Patriot Act” as an example of “Arab Americans and Muslim Americans [who] have acted heroically during the attacks”. Mayor Bloomberg called him “an example of how one can make the world better”.

 

Ahmed Merabet

Ahmed Merabet was the Paris policeman killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack. He was the first officer to arrive on the scene as the gunmen were exiting the building. He was almost immediately shot and wounded, and then killed in cold blood as he laid helplessly on the ground.

 

Abdelqader Ben Ghabrit

In 1926 the Grand Mosque of Paris was founded as a token of gratitude to the more than 100,000 Muslim soldiers who died fighting for France in World War I. The mosque would also serve as home for the Muslim Institute of the Paris Mosque, a social and spiritual welfare organization founded by Abdelqader Ben Ghabrit, also known as Si Kaddour Benghabrit. When the Nazis invaded France in World War II, the institute issued certificates of Muslim identity to Jews as protection against Nazi deportation and possible execution. Ben Ghabrit also arranged to have Jewish refugees hidden in the mosque and, in some cases, secretly transported out of France to safety. About a hundred Jews were saved and the mosque is revered by many Jews and Jewish organizations up to this day. Read More

“The Grand Mosque of Paris: A Story of How Muslims Rescued Jews During the Holocaust”

 

Abdol-Hossein Sardari

Head of the Iranian consulate in Paris during World War II, Sardari issued fake Iranian passports to Jewish residents in order to save them from Nazi persecution. He ended up saving 2000 Jewish lives, earning the title of “Schindler of Iran” in the process. He has been recognized by many Jewish organizations for going above and beyond the call of duty and risking his career and his life. Read More

 

Azhar Shah

This British taxi driver witnessed a horrific car crash, then raced in to pull a pregnant woman and her baby from the burning wreckage. Read More

 

Mohamed Yunus
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Hindu couple Mohan and Chitra became hopeless when rapidly rising flood waters threatened their lives and they appeared unable to escape to higher ground. That’s when Mohamed Yunus appeared with a boat and rescue team. The 26 year old businessman took it upon himself to rent four boats to search devastated areas that Indian government officials hadn’t reached yet. He saved Mohan and Chitra, who was pregnant at the time. In honor of their hero she pledged to name the baby after him, and Mohamed pledged to pay for the child’s future educational costs. Source: IlmFeed.com

 

Waleed Mohamed Shaalan
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He’s one of the unsung heroes of the Virginia Tech massacre in April of 2007. Professor Randy Dymond attests that Shaalan saved the life of a fellow student at the expense of his own. After Seung-Hui Cho began his rampage, killing many students and faculty members in cold blood, Shaalan lay on the classroom floor with serious injuries. As Cho surveyed his victims, Shaalan noticed him moving towards another student near him who was lying on the floor playing dead. Shaalan, apparently believing Cho was about to kill the other student, moved suddenly and that’s when Cho fired the shot into Shaalan which proved fatal. Witnesses believe he moved suddenly to distract Cho in an effort to save the other student. Source: Time Magazine

 

Mohammed Helmy
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Born in Egypt, Mohammed Helmy eventually settled in Berlin where he became a prominent doctor. When the Nazis began deporting Jews during World War II, he went to great lengths to save them by concealing their identities and hiding them. Anna Gutman later wrote, “He managed to evade all [Nazi] interrogations. In such cases he would bring me to friends where I would stay for several days, introducing me as his cousin from Dresden… Dr. Helmy did everything for me out of the generosity of his heart and I will be grateful to him for eternity”. He became the first ever Arab recognized as a “Righteous Gentile” by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Museum. Source: Wikipedia

 

Refik Veseli

As a 17 year old boy living in Albania during World War II, he sheltered several Jewish families from the Nazis. According to Wikipedia “his example inspired his whole village to risk their lives in order to protect Jews… and many survivors told how their Albanian hosts vied for the privilege of offering sanctuary, on the grounds that it was an Islamic ethical obligation.” Read More

 

Selahattin Ülkümen

Utilizing his position of Turkish diplomat, he saved nearly 50 Jews from Nazi internment and potential execution during World War II. Read More

 

Derviš Korkut

An ethnic Albanian Muslim who was the chief librarian at the Bosnian National Museum at the time of World War II. The museum was home to a 14th Century Jewish relic called the Sarajevo Haggadah. According to the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous it was “the type of artifact that Hitler hoped to preserve in a ‘museum of an extinct race’ after he had killed all the Jews of Europe.” Derviš Korkut and his wife went to great lengths to hide it from the Nazis when they occupied Sarajevo. They smuggled it to safekeeping at the risk of their own lives. Read More

 

Abdull Oun
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Saved a woman from being raped in superhero fashion. While jogging in a Glasgow park at night, he hears terrified female screams of help. Running to the scene he discovers a woman pinned to the ground by a male attacker. Abdull instinctively runs, jumps and “fly-kicks” the man in the face, knocking him out cold. He would later say “I don’t feel like I am a hero. It’s a man’s job to protect the innocent.” Read More

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The True Teachings of Islam

By Ayden Zayn
March 11, 2016

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The Holy Qur’an is the highest authority in Islam. It contains the exact words of God as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (P) and recorded by his companions. In applying the Qur’anic teachings to everyday life, Muslims rely upon the sunnah (sayings and actions) of the Prophet (P). This sunnah is a concrete implementation, a tangible form, and the actual embodiment of the will of God in the form of Muhammad’s deeds. They were recorded in what are called ahadith (pieces of news, stories, or reports). This pamphlet conveys to you just a portion of the many interesting and enlightening ahadith. Every quote below is an English translation of what Prophet Muhammad (P) is reported to have said to his companions.

Numbers 1-20 have been quoted from “Riyadh-Us-Saleheen” Volumes 1 and 2. Numbers 21-25 have been quoted from “An-Nawawi’s Forty Hadith”. Both works were compiled by Imam Abu Zakariya Yahya Bin Sharaf An-Nawawi (R). Each hadith quoted in this pamphlet is followed by an individual reference which includes the name of the transmitter and the original source of ahadith collection: Imam Bukhari, Imam Muslim, Imam Abu Daud, or Imam Tirmidhi (R). The number in parenthesis indicates the specific hadith.

KEY
(P) – Peace be upon him.
(R) – May God be pleased with them.

VARIOUS SAYINGS OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (P):

1) “The strong one is not he who knocks out his adversary; the strong one is he who keeps control over his temper.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#45)

2) “It does not befit a Siddiq (a true man) that he should opt to cursing.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#1552)

3) “God the Dignified has no mercy for one who has no mercy for others.” Reported by Jarir Ibn Abdullah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#227)

4) “None of you is a perfect Muslim until he desires for his brother Muslim that which he desires for himself.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#183)

5) “Help your brother whether he is an oppressor or an oppressed person. A companion asked: ‘Messenger of God (it is true) I will help him if he is an oppressed person, but please tell me how I am to help him if he happens to be an oppressor.’ The Holy Prophet (P) answered: check him from doing injustice. Because preventing him from committing aggression is a help to him.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Bukhari. (#237)

6) “Look at the person who is inferior to you; and do not look at one who is superior to you. Thereby you would be able to appreciate better the benevolences of God bestowed upon you.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#467)

7) Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas says that by nature the Holy Prophet (P) neither talked indecently nor did he listen to indecent talk. He used to say: “The best of you are those who have the best manners.” Reported by Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘Aas and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#625)

8) “A person who gives surety to (safeguard) the thing between the jaws (tongue) and the thing between his two legs (private organs), I guarantee his entrance into Paradise.” Reported by Sahl bin Sa’d and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#1513)

9) “Among the Muslims most perfect, as regards his faith, is one whose character is excellent, and the best among you are those who treat their wives well.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#278)

10) “Do not consider even the smallest good deed as insignificant; even meeting your brother with a cheerful face (is a good deed).” Reported by Abu Zarr and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#121)

11) “Make things easy and convenient and don’t make them harsh and difficult. Give cheers and glad tidings and do not create hatred.” Reported by Anas Bin Malik and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#637)

12) “God, the Most Exalted, has revealed to me that you should show courtesy and be cordial with each other, so that nobody should consider himself superior to another nor harm him.” Reported by Ayaz bin Himar and recorded by Imam Muslim.

13) “Do not reproach or abuse dead persons for they are facing the consequences of what they had done in this world.” Reported by Hazrat Ayesha and recorded by Imam Bukhari.

14) “Avoid jealousy for this destroys good deeds as fire destroys wood.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Abu Daud. (#1569)

15) “Do not rejoice over the troubles of your brother lest God the Most High might have mercy on him and involve you in this trouble.” Reported by Wasila bin Al-As-qa’a and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#1577)

16) Prophet Muhammad (P) once asked, “Who is that person among you who loves the property of his successor more than his own property? The Companions submitted: ‘O Messenger of God (P) there is none among us who loves his successor’s property more than his own.’ He said: Then his property is which he has sent ahead; and that which he retains belongs to his successor.” Reported by Ibn Mas’ud and recorded by Imam Bukhari. (#545)

17) “God the Most High has revealed to me that you should adopt humility, so that nobody oppresses another, nor one should hold himself above another.” Reported by Ayaz bin Himar and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#602)

18) “A Muslim never taunts or curses or abuses nor resorts to vulgar talking.” Reported by Abdullah bin Mas’ud and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#1734)

19) “Let no Muslim male entertain any malice against a Muslim female. He may dislike one habit in her, but may find another in her which is pleasing.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#275)

20) “Plenty of provision or abundance do not make a person rich and wealthy; real richness is the benevolence of heart.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#522)

21) “Part of someone’s being a good Muslim is his leaving alone that which does not concern him.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Tirmidhi. (#12)

22) “Let him who believes in God and the Last Day either speak good or keep silent, and let him who believes in God and the Last Day be generous to his neighbour, and let him who believes in God and the Last Day be generous to his guest.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#15)

23) “…Prayer is light; charity is a proof; patience is illumination; and the Qur’an is an argument for or against you. Everyone starts his day and is a vendor of his soul, either freeing it or bringing about its ruin.” Reported by Abu Malik al-Harith ibn Asim al-Ash’ari and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#23)

24) “Each person’s every joint must perform a charity every day the sun comes up: to act justly between two people is a charity; to help a man with his mount, lifting him onto it or hoisting up his belongings onto it is a charity; every step you take to prayers is a charity; and removing a harmful thing from the road is a charity.” Reported by Abu Hurairah and recorded by Imam Bukhari and Muslim. (#26)

25) “Righteousness is good morality, and wrongdoing is that which wavers in your soul and which you dislike people finding out about.” Reported by an-Nawwas ibn Sam’an and recorded by Imam Muslim. (#27)

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