On Admonition and moderation in it

Riyad as-Salihin (The Meadows of the Righteous)

by Imam Nawawi

91. Chapter: On Admonition and moderation in it

Allah Almighty says, "Call to the way of your Lord with wisdom and fair admonition." (16:125)

699. From Abu Wa'il Shaqiq ibn Salama said, "Ibn Mas'ud used to teach us every Thursday. A man said to him, 'Abu 'Abdu'r-Rahman, I wish that you would teach us every day.' He said, 'I am prevented from doing that because I do not want to bore you and I admonish you again and again, as the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, admonished us again and again, out of fear of boring you." [Agreed upon]

700. Abu'l-Yaqathan 'Ammar ibn Yasir said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, say, "The length of a man's prayer and the shortness of his oration are a sign of his understanding. So make the prayer long and the oration short." [Muslim]

701. Mu'awiya ibn al-Hakam as-Sulami said, "While I was praying with the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, a man among the people sneezed and I said, 'May Allah show you mercy.' The people looked hard at me and I said, 'May your parents be bereaved! Why are you looking at me?' They began to hit their hands on their thighs. Then I saw that they were trying to make me be silent so I was silent. When the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, had finished praying - may my father and mother be his ransom, I have never seen a better teacher before or after him - by Allah, he did not rebuke me or hit me or abuse me. He merely said, 'It is not fitting to have any speech from people in the prayer. It is only glorification and proclaiming Allah great and reciting the Qur'an.' Or as the Messenger of Allah said. I said, 'Messenger of Allah, I was until recently in a state of pre-Islamic ignorance but Islam has now come to us. There are still men among us who go to the soothsayers.' He said, 'Do not go to them.' I said, 'Among us there are still men who follow omens.' He said, 'That is something which they find in their breasts. They should not be influenced by them.'" [Muslim]

702. Al-'Irbad ibn Sariya said, "The Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, admonished us with an admonishment which made the hearts fearful and the eyes weep." [at-Tirmidhi] He mentioned the hadith and it was already given in full in the chapter on preservation of the Sunna. (Hadith 157)