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Avoiding What is Doubtful:
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said ³That which is lawful is clear, and that which is unlawful is also quite clear. Between these two is that which is ambiguous, which most people do not know. One who avoids the doubtful safeguards his faith and his honor.´ ²²² Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 588.

Business and Trade:
O ye who believe! Do not squander one another¶s wealth in vanities, but let there be amongst you traffic and trade by mutual good will. ²²² The Holy Quran, 4:29. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) was asked what type of earning was best, and he replied: ´ A man¶s work with his hands and every (lawful) business transaction.´ ²²² Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 846. The Prophet also said: ³A truthful and trustworthy merchant is associated with the prophets.³ ²²² Al-Tirmidhi, Hadith 50. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³³It is better for any of you to carry a load of firewood on his own back than to beg from someone else .´ ²²² Riyadh-Us-Saleheen, Chapter 59, hadith 540. And also: ³There was a merchant who would lend to the people, and whenever his debtor was in difficult circumstances, he would say to his employees, µForgive him so that God may forgive us.¶ So, God forgave him.´ ²²² Sahih Al-Bukhari, Volume 3, Hadith 292.

Character:
³Make your character good for the people.³ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as narrated Al-Muwatta, Volume 47, Hadith 1

Charity:
³You will not attain righteousness till you spend in charity of the things you love.´ ²²² The Qur¶an, Chapter 3, verse 92. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³Do not turn away a poor man«even if all you can

´ ²²² Mishkat al Tabrizi. 8. and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last .´ ²²² Narrated by A¶isha (ra) in Al-Muwatta. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³Whoever is offered an apology from a fellow Muslim should accept it unless he knows that the person apologizing is being dishonest. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³Anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should not harm his neighbor. Good Conduct Toward Others: The Prophet Muhammad (s) said. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³He will not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct. an ignorant man who is generous is dearer to God than a worshipper who is miserly. Hadith 1376. vol 9. vol. Hadith no.´ ²²² Al-Tirmidhi: Hadith 580. number 92b Forgiveness: The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³³It is better for a leader to make a mistake in forgiving than to make a mistake in punishing. and anybody who believes in Allah and the Last Day should entertain his guest generously.´ ²²² Bukhari and Muslim. Hadith 1011. and that the most beloved deed to Allah¶s is the most regular and constant even though it were little. Hadith 15. If you love the poor and bring them near you«God will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection. Constancy in Doing Good: ³Do good deeds properly.³ ²²² Sahih Muslim. may Allah bless him and grant him peace.give is half a date. loved most were those which were done most constantly. Vol 3.´ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as narrated by A¶isha (ra) in Sahih Bukhari.´ ²²² Al-Tirmidhi. Generosity: The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³Indeed.´ ²²² Al-Tirmidhi. sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise. hadith 471 ³The actions which the Messenger of Allah. ³None of you truly believes until he wishes for his brother what he wishes for himself. 5052.

guiding one to the object of his need. someone could destroy overnight. Vol: 8 Hadith 47.´ ²²² Mother Theresa.e. and self-centered. hurrying with the strength of one¶s legs to one in sorrow who is asking for help. it leaves it tarnished. You see. « Succeed anyway. If you are honest and frank. in the final analysis.´ ²²² Bukhari and Tirmidhi. people may accuse you of selfish. Whenever it is taken from something. « Do good anyway. and supporting the weak with the strength of one¶s arms ± all of these are (forms of) charity prescribed for you. (Saying) µglory to God.³ ²²² Narrated by Abu Hurayrah. illogical. listening to the deaf (until you understand them). If you are successful. « Build anyway. It was never between you and them anyway. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³There is reward for kindness to every living thing. people may cheat you. you will win some false friends and some true enemies. If you are kind. ³Those who work for you are your brothers. ³There are many doors to goodness. they may be jealous. « Give the world the best you¶ve got anyway. abstain from all kinds of evil and dirty talk). and it may never be enough. ulterior motives. Volume 3. ³People are often unreasonable. « Be honest and frank anyway. Number 98. Allah has made them your assistants. But (instead) . The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³God is kind and likes kindness in all things. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³Be kind.¶ µpraise be to God. it is between you and God. people will often forget tomorrow.¶ enjoining good. Volume 1:633. for whenever kindness becomes part of something. Give the world the best you have.³ ²²² Imam Bukhari¶s Book of Muslim Manners. « Be kind anyway.´ ²²² Bukhari and Muslim. removing harm from the road. saying that if others treat you well you will treat them well and that if they do wrong you will do wrong. forbidding evil.³ ²²² Rihadh us-Saleheen.Day should talk what is good or keep quiet (i. What you spend years building. Sahih Al Bukhari. The good you do today.´ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) in Fiqh-us-Sunnah. leading the blind. If you find serenity and happiness. « Be happy anyway. ³Do not be people without minds of your own.¶ µthere is no deity but God. it beautifies it. « Forgive them anyway.

violent.´ ²²² The Holy Quran. Good Manners: When the allurement of this life comes to a person. and if he takes Allah¶s Oath that he will do that thing. serve God. Hadith 1325. none can remove it but He: But if He bestows upon you a favor. Honesty and Faith: ³An adulterer will not commit adultery when he has full faith (in Allah). Gratitude and Thankfulness: ³And if Allah touches you with affliction. Humility: ³The (true) servants of (God) the Most Gracious are those who walk on the earth in humility. Allah will fulfill his oath (by doing that). I¶m just a brother like other people. but outside of boxing. Hadith 1589. I¶m still gonna find out who stole my bike when I was 12 years old in Louisville and I¶m gonna whup him.´ ²²² Muhammad Ali.´ ²²² The Holy Quran. and a thief will not steal when he has full faith (in Allah). 25:63. remember that He is the Possessor of every power to do all that He wills. Verse 17. ²²² Ali (r) as cited in the Book of Wisdom by Ahmad Sakr.. The Prophet (s) said.´ ²²² Riyadh-us-Salaheen.´ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Al-Tirmidhi. he borrows the good manners of others. help everybody I can. Ihsan (Excellence): . vol 8 hadith 97. Shall I inform you about the people of the Fire? They comprise every cruel. ³Shall I inform you about the people of Paradise? They comprise every obscure unimportant humble person. That was a good bike. and when the ignorant address them. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said ³(God) has revealed to me that you should adopt humility so that no one oppresses another. however. proud and conceited person. reply with (words of) peace. in Sahih Al Bukhari.´ ²²² Ibn Majah.accustom yourselves to do good if people do good and not to do wrong if they do evil. it strips his good manners from him. Chapter 6. And one more thing. ³Maybe I was great in the ring. I want to live a good life. when it goes away from him.´ ²²² Narrated by Haritha Bin Wahb.

1995. He who issues forth in search of knowledge is busy in the cause of Allah till he returns from his quest. Maktabat Wahbah. that he [or she] does it in the most excellent manner. ³When a man says I cannot. When something weighs on your conscience. hadith #1631. We are what we repeatedly do. Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.´ ²²² Muhammad Ali. Excellence. he has made a suggestion to himself. transmitted by Ahmad and Darimi in Al Tirmidhi. ²²² Thomas Jefferson. Knowledge: If anyone travels on a road in search of knowledge. but a habit. in his autobiography Jack. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Abu Darda in Sunan Abu Dawood. Yusuf. hadith #108. GE. . then. p. when one of you is doing something. ²²² Aristotle.Allah loves. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) in Al-Tirmidhi. Former CEO. is not an act. Dawr Al-Qiyam Wal-Akhlaaq Fi Al-Iqtisaad Al-Islaami. 282. hadith #420. Allah will cause him to travel on one of the roads of Paradise. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Anas Ibn Malik in Al Tirmidhi. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Abu Hurayrah. ²²² Muhammad (p) cited in Al-Qaradawi. Hadith 8. The knowledge from which no benefit is derived is like a treasure out of which nothing is spent in the cause of Allah. give it up.´ ²²² Muhammad Ali. He has weakened his power of accomplishing that which otherwise would have been accomplished. ²²² Jack Welch. Integrity: Excellence and competitiveness aren¶t incompatible with honesty and integrity. ³The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.

CA: 2003.] ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Majah and Bayhaqi in Shu¶ab alIman. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) in Riyadh us-Saleheen. We need leaders who have a deep sense of purpose and are true to their core values. But you don¶t have to look at boundaries when you are looking at a man ± at the character of a man. people of the highest integrity.. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Baihaqi.´ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Sahih Muslim. ²²² Bill George. Asia. Vol. ³The worst of guardians is a cruel ruler. Leadership: We need authentic leaders. We need leaders with the courage to build their companies to meet the needs of all their stakeholders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. The question is: What do you stand for? Are you a follower or are you a leader?´ ²²² Hakeem Olajuwon. Authentic Leadership. Medtronics. Moderation: The best of all dealings is the one which is moderate. #473. Volume 1:637. Malaysia.. They imperil themselves who enforce tough practices of Islam. committed to building enduring organizations. All these boundaries ± Africa. [. those who are extremes. 9. and who recognize the importance of their service to society. Mercy: The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: ³³Allah will not be merciful to those who are not merciful to people. hadith #74. Make things easy and convenient and don¶t make them harsh and difficult. Beware of becoming one of them. Former CEO. Hadith 846. They destroy themselves. They are the losers. Give cheer and glad tidings and do not create hatred. also reported by Anas Ibn Malik in Al Tirmidhi. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Masud in Sahih Muslim.´ ²²² Sahih al-Bukhari. those who make the religion hard and tough. Partnering: . America ± are set by men.The seeking of knowledge is obligatory for every Muslim.

Volume 3. ³We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. is not a liar. ³I¶m amazed. ³Peace cannot be kept by force.³ ²²² The Holy Quran. Ibn µAta¶illah. but in prayer it is the end word. the patience is at the first stroke of a calamity. that how salam (peace) is always the first word to start a meeting.³Whoever recommends and helps a good cause becomes a partner therein.´ ²²² Einstein. ³If. .´ ²²² Gandhi.´ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Sahih Al-Bukhari. Verse 85. not in what you choose for yourself.³ ²²² The Hikam. Allah will make him contented. there is a delay in the timing of the Gift [al-'ata]. ³Verily. God will not let the reward of the righteous be wasted. ³An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. Chapter 4. Allah will make him self-sufficient.³ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Abu Said Al Khudri in Sahih Bukhari.³ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Anas bin Malik in Sahih Bukhari. verily. Chapter 11. Peace: ³He who makes peace between people by inventing good information or saying good things.³ ²²² Carlos Castaneda. and at the time He desires. and whoever recommends and helps an evil cause shares in its burdens³ ²²² The Holy Quran. and whoever tries to make himself self-sufficient. ³[W]hoever abstains from asking others. for. in spite of intense supplication. Allah will make him patient. Patience: ³Be patient (in adversity). And whoever remains patient. Hadith 857. For He has guaranteed you a response in what He chooses for you. Chapter 1. vol 2 hadith 548. It can only be achieved by understanding. Maybe it means the end of prayer is the start of a meeting«´ ²²² Ali Shahri¶ati. 6. The amount of work is the same. let that not be the cause for your despairing. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience. not the time you desire. vol 2 hadith 372. Verse 115.

´ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Fiqh-us-Sunnah. A strong person is the one who contains himself when he is angry. ³Think as little as possible about yourself and as much as possible about other people. and anyone whose food exceeds his needs. Volume 3.Relaxation: ³(Islam) is spacious (and has room for relaxation). It belongs in museums [.´ ²²² Narrated by Abdullah in Bukhari. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as quoted in Islam on Line website. hadith 255. ³We believe that poverty does not belong in a civilized human society. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Abu Huraira±mutafakkun ghalai. Number 153. The Prophet Muhammad (s) said. . Number 93C. when asked for something give freely and who judge in favor of others as they do for themselves. Strength: A strong person is not the person who throws his adversaries to the ground.] A poverty-free world might not be perfect. vol: 9. ³Do not wish to be like anyone. Serving Others: The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: ³Do you know who will go first on the Day of Resurrection to the shade of God«Those who when given what is right accept it. (2) A man whom Allah has given wisdom (knowledge of the Qur¶an and the Hadith) and he acts according to it and teaches it to others. let him support someone whose property does not (meet his or her needs).³ ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) in Fiqh-us-Sunnah.´ ²²² Muhammad Yunus. let him share it with someone who does not have food. ³Service to others is the rent you pay here for your room on earth. let him say something good or keep quiet. and I have been sent with an easy and straightforward religion.´ ²²² Muhammad Ali. but it would be the best approximation of the ideal.. Hadith 1042. 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Winner. ³Anyone who has property that exceed his needs. Silence: Whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day. except in two cases: (1) A man whom Allah has given wealth and he spends it righteously..´ ²²² Al-Tirmidhi. Volume 2.´ ²²² Eleanor Roosevelt.

Wealth and Success: Wealth is not due to plenty of money. Allah will like you. mankind will like you. Domestic Violence Face of Saudi Arabia. but wealth is the wealth of the self. ²²² Al The Hikam of Ibn Ibn µAta¶illah. Among the signs of success at the end is the turning to Allah at the beginning. chapter 9. and virtue paves the way of a person to Paradise. If you tell the truth. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported by Ibn Majah. Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. Lying leads to vice. and vice leads to indecent acts and if a person goes on lying till in the sight of Allah he is named a liar. ²²² Al The Hikam of Ibn Ibn µAta¶illah. 75. The most valuable things in life) are a tongue which mentions God. Trusting in Allah: One of the signs of relying on one¶s own deeds is the loss of hope when a downfall occurs.Success: The best place to succeed is where you are with what you¶ve got. 26. and forsake what others have. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as agreed upon±mutafakkun ghalai. a grateful heart and a believing wife who helps a man with his faith. chapter 1. Forsake wordly pleasures. chapter 2. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as reported in Al-Tirmidhi. you don¶t have to remember what you said. A woman should have the ability to choose her own destiny. ²²² Mark Twain. . ²²² ²Ranya Al-Baz.1. ²²² Al The Hikam of Ibn Ibn µAta¶illah. and the said person continues to speak the truth till in the sight of Allah he is named Siddiq or Truthful. ²²² The Prophet (s) as reported by Abdullah Ibn Mas¶ud (r) in Bukhari and Muslim. ²²² Charles Schwab. Hadith 721. ²²² Einstein. The best that you can seek from Him is that which He seeks from you. Truth: A true action leads to the path of virtue and good deeds.

nor be saddened by their condemnation Imam Al-Ghazali. I have four dogs. and money has never been my God. ²²² Prophet Muhammad (s) as as narrated by Ibn Hibban. I enjoy my business. I have a few close friends. ³Ted´ Jones. One loves everybody. former CEO of the global investment firm Edward Jones. Do not allow your heart to take pleasure with the praises of people. ²²² Edward D. He takes it from wherever he listens to it.I have a wife who loves me in spite of all my faults. Two love only me. Wisdom: Wisdom is a long-cherished wish to the believer. One loves no one. I love my farm and my home. but is still very loyal«. A HECTIC WEEK: GUIDE ME YA ALLAH. and he does not mind from where it came out. .