Nasihatu Khairil Anaam

نصيحة خير الأنام لأصحابه الكرام

The Advice of the Best of Creation

to His Noble Companions

 

Foreword

All praise is due to Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the entire universe. And the peace and blessings of Allah be upon Muḥammad his family and his companions.

Tamīm al-Dārī related that the Prophet said, “The dīn is naṣīḥah.” “To whom?” we asked. “To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, the leaders of the Muslims and their common people,” he replied.

(Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim)

We usually associate the word ‘naṣīḥah’ with the concept of giving someone advice. Although that is correct, it is, however, much broader than that. This is supported by the ḥadīth mentioned above, since to translate naṣīḥah here as advice would not make much sense. To translate it as ‘sincerity’ might be more appropriate but that too does not convey the whole sense of the meaning of the word. The word naṣīḥah can be said to mean, ‘to truly want the best for the person one is giving naṣīḥah to’. We advise people because we want the best for them.

It is for this – wanting the best for you, the ‘‘āmmah al-muslimīn (the generality of Muslims)’ – that this booklet has been compiled. It is a collection of some of the words of advice which the Prophet gave to his Companions. He  commanded us with this in the ḥadīth, but he was also the best exemplar of carrying that out. The aḥādīth are taken from the six authentic books of ḥadīth as well as the Musnad of Imām Aḥmad, and they are all either ṣaḥīḥ or ḥasan, to the best of my knowledge.

Jazākumullāhu khair to Abu Mus’ab and Al-Farooq for their help and assistance, as well as al-hayaa.

Part I

Part II

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