The Prophets Recommendation
to Ibn `Abbas in Which He Describes
the Habits A Believer Must Have
With Allah Almighty
Al-Tirmidhi narrated from Ibn `Abbas
- Allah be well-pleased with both of them! - that he said:
"I was [riding] behind the Prophet one day
and he said to me: `My boy! I shall teach you certain
words. Keep Allah [with you], and He shall keep you.
Keep Allah [with you], and you shall find Him facing
you. If you ask for something, ask Allah. If you seek
help, seek it from Allah. Know with certainty that if
the entire Community gather together to support you,
they can benefit you nothing except in what Allah has
foreordained for you; and if they gather together in
order to harm you, they can harm you in nothing except
in what Allah has foreordained against you. The quills
have been raised and the records are dry.'"
Imam Ahmad added in his narration: "Seek to know
Allah in the time of prosperity and He shall know you
in the time of affliction. Know that perseverance in
the face of what you hate is an immense good, that
help lies with patience, deliverance with trial, and
with hardship goes ease."