Al-Hasan al-Basree, was born in Madinah, 642 CE and was, in fact, the son of Yasar, the slave of Zayd Ibn Thabet Al Ansari. His mother Ummul Hasan was a slave woman of Ummu Salamah, the wife of the Prophet peace be upon him. So he was born in the house of the Prophet, and his father’s master was one of the famous scribes who recorded Divine revelation for the unlettered Prophet.
Ummu Salama used to send Ummul Hasan to do anything for her. Al-Hasan used to cry in his mother’s absence; so Ummu Salama would breast-feed him for some time. She would also bring him out to the Companions of the Prophet while he was still young. They would pray for him. Once Umar Ibn Al Khattab said: “O God! Make him well-versed in religion and make people love him”.
Wisdoms from Al Hasan Al Basree
“Two bad comrades are the dinar and the dirham. They are useful to you only when they leave you.”
“Son of Adam! You are nothing but a number of days, whenever each day passes then part of you has gone.”
“Death has shown the reality of this worldly life. It did not leave any happiness for those who are wise.”
“The laughter of a believer is a sign of the inadvertence of his heart.”
“A believer believes in what God has said. He is the best of men in his deeds, but he fears God most, so that if he spends the size of a mountain of money, he would not be sure of his reward until he sees this with his own eyes. The more righteous and charitable the believer is, the more afraid of God he becomes. While the hypocrite says: Men are too many, I shall be forgiven. There is no harm on me. Thus he acts badly, but wishes many things from God.“
Hasan al-Basri said when he came across a group of people disputing: “These ones have become tired of worship, speaking has become easy for them, and their piety has diminished, and that is why they talk.”
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