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Sunna

Sunna is the Holy Tradition of Islam. It is presented in the form of hadiths — short stories about the deeds and sayings of prophet Muhammad.

Some important excerpts from Sunna are presented below. Reading them, one should remember that the word Allah is the Arabic equivalent of the words God-the-Father, Ishvara, Tao, Primordial Consciousness and others synonyms.

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"Good education is the best legacy, which can be handed down to children.

Always say the truth, even if it is not profitable for you.

Share what you know with others and teach them.

Him, who pitied no one, no one will pity.

Be not a burden for people.

Do not sit down between two sitting people without first asking their permission.

Be thrifty and do not bring yourselves to destitution.

Do not do things, which then make you conscience-stricken.

The wealth consists not in quantity of goods but in the breadth of the soul.

The knowledge is a treasure, the key to which is inquiry.

Step aside from a fool.

Avoid intoxicating drinks…

Calmness is a gain; confusion is a loss.

Do not be hurry in taking decisions and provide for consequences.

Do not judge anyone from assumptions or if you have doubts.

Exhort every one not to do evil.

If you have to punish the guilty never strike him in the face.

He who wakes up lately closes for himself the door to prosperity.

Any bribe is a sin and an odious source of income.

He who has flared up should break off immediately.

An inhospitable person is an inferior person.

Repay to those who made good to you.

It is a virtuous deed — to forgive the one who offended you, to give to the one who refused to give to you, to stretch a hand of peace to the one who quarrels with you.

O man! If you are not satisfied with the small, the great can satisfy you neither.

Do good deeds without creating buzz.

Do not wish death to yourself or to others.

The one who does not thank people will thank Allah neither.

Everything created by Allah is fine, though people do not always understand it.

Allah created diseases, but He also created medicines for them.

Allah is generous and likes generous people.

For everything there is a way. The way to paradise is opened by knowledge.

Do not be lazy to go for knowledge even to distant China, because gaining knowledge is the main duty of a Muslim.

Panhandling is an indecent occupation.

Begin a meal with remembering about Allah and be not choosy with food.

Gates to well-being are under lock. The key to it is work.

To divine and to believe the words of diviners, foretellers, and sorcerers is meanness.

A bad person is characterized by the following features: he lies in conversation, does not keep his promises, and, feeling impunity, does base deeds.

Give payment to a worker for his work before his sweat dried up.

He who is mild, behaves well, and does not harm others will never be touched by the fires of hell.

An hour spent for gaining useful knowledge is more pleasing to Allah than a whole night spent for praying.

In any time try to be pure…"
 

Specially for men:

"Be kind to women…

A noble one is kind to women; a low one is guileful to them.

Respect women…

If you are called by the father and the mother at the same time, come first to the mother."

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And as a conclusion — one more hadith in which God outlines the steps of the way of approaching Him and Merging with Him.

One should comment that death in this hadith should be understood not as the death of man’s body, but as the death of man’s egocentrism and end of isolation from God. One can unite with God-Beloved only by sinking into Him.

"He who searches for Me — will find Me.

He who found Me — will cognize Me.

He who cognized Me — will fall in love with Me.

He who fell in love with Me — will conceive passion for Me.

For him who conceived passion for Me — I will conceive passion too.

Him who is in love with Me I will kill.

And to him whom I killed, I will pay a ransom for the blood.

I Myself am the ransom for his blood."
 

See also:

Sufi Practices

Sufism
 

 

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