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Ahmad ibn Harb (rahimahullah) explains how he achieved enjoyment in ‘ibadah

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Respected scholars

Who is the following attributed to and please mention the reference:

عبدت الله خمسين سنة، فما وجدت حلاوة العبادة حتى تركت ثلاثة أشياء: تركت رضى الناس حتى قدرت أن أتكلم بالحق، وتركت صحبة الفاسقين حتى وجدت صحبة الصالحين، وتركت حلاوة الدنيا حتى وجدت حلاوة الآخرة

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Eat and apply olive oil

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Can this narration be quoted?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Eat olive/olive oil and use its oil for indeed it is a blessed tree”

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Were the Jinn the first to reside on earth before Humans?

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What is the level of authenticity of this narration?

Ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma) states, “The first to reside on earth were the Jinn. They spread corruption and bloodshed in it and killed one another. So, Allah sent Iblis with an army of Angels and he fought them until they were forced to settle on islands and mountain tops. Allah then created Adam and placed him on earth. Thus, Allah says, ‘I will place upon earth a successor.'”

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A monk was forgiven due to charity

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What is the reference for this incident?

Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (radiyallahu ‘anhu) said, “A monk worshipped Allah in his hermitage for sixty years. Then a woman came and laid down at his side, so he laid down with her and was intimate (in adultery) with her for six nights. He became regretful and he fled. He arrived at a masjid and sought refuge in it and remained inside for three days without eating anything. He was given a loaf of bread, so he broke it into two halves and gave half to the man on his right and half to the man on his left. Allah sent to him the angel of death to take hold of his soul. The angel placed his deeds of sixty years upon one side of the scale and the sin [of zina] was placed the other side, yet the six nights outweighed it. Then, the loaf of bread was placed on the scale and it outweighed the six nights.”

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‘You are an ummah for whom I want ease’

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Is this Hadith reliable?

It is narrated that Sayyiduna Mihjan ibnul Adra’ said: I came with Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) and when we were at the door of the Masjid, we saw a man offering Salah. He said: ‘Do you think he is sincere?’ I said: ‘O Prophet of Allah, this is So and so, he is one of the best of the people of Madinah, or one of those who offers the most  Salah of the people of Madinah.’ He said: “Do not let him hear you [praising him] lest you be destroy him” – two or three times –. He then said, ‘You are an ummah for whom I want ease.’”

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Salutations [durud] to cleanse the heart of hypocrisy

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Is this Hadith reliable?

من قال صلى الله على محمد طَهُرَ قلبه من النفاق كما يطهر الثوب بالماء

Whoever says, ‘Sallallahu ‘ala Muhammad, his heart will be cleansed of hypocrisy just as water cleanses a garment

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Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would choose the easier option as long as it did not entail sin

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Is this Hadith authentic?

Sayyidah ‘Aaishah (radiyallahu ‘anha) said: If there were two alternatives Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) would adopt the easiest, provided there was no sin in it. If it was a wrong action, he was the furthest of people from it. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) did not take revenge for himself in respect of anything unless it violated the sanctity of Allah, then he would take revenge for the sake of Allah.”

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‘If you knew what I know, you would laugh little and weep much’

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Please source and mention the authenticity of this Hadith. Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “If only you knew what I know [of death, the Hereafter, Qiyamah, Jahannam and the like], then you will laugh little, cry much, not derive any pleasure from your wives in your beds, and you would go to a highland/wilderness supplicating fervently to Allah.

Sayyiduna Abu Dharr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) would say, ‘I wish I were a tree which was then uprooted’

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