Those who remember death the most, and those who are best prepared for what comes after it. These are the intelligent ones.
‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul-‘Azeez used to gather the fuqahaa. Every night and they would [all] remember death, the Day of Judgment and the Hereafter and then they would weep.
Indeed the people of Truth and the Sunnah do not follow anyone [unconditionally] except the messenger of Allaah (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), the one who does not speak from his desires – it is only revelation revealed to him.
The sword was put to my neck five times [and each time] it was not said to me, ‘Leave your madhhab’ but it was said to me, ‘Remain silent about those who are in opposition to you’. So I would say, ‘I will not remain silent’.
When I say something contradicting the Book of Allaah the Exalted or what is narrated from the Messenger (sal-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam), then ignore my saying.