Knowledge

“Knowledge is three hand spans, the first breeds arrogance, the second breeds humility and in the third, you realize you know nothing.”

-Sufyan At-Thawri Rahimahullah

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Covering heads (hijab), separation, etc.

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Affliction

The Prophet salAllahu ’alayhi wa sallam said: “Reward is directly proportional to the affliction. If Allah loves a people, He inflicts them with a calamity.  Whoever accepts it, Allah is pleased with them, and whoever resents it, Allah is displeased with them.”
[Hasan: Related by at-Tirmidhi (no.2398) and Ibn Majah (no.4021), from Anas radiallahu ’anhu.  It was authenticated by al-Albani in as-Sahihah (no.146).]

Likewise, the Prophet salAllahu ’alayhi wa sallam said: “Whenever Allah loves a people, He sends affliction upon them.  So whoever is patient, is one of the patient-ones, and whoever resents it, is one of the resenters.”
[Sahih: Related by Ahmad (5/427), from Mahmud ibn Lubayd radiallahu ’anhu.  It was authenticated by al-Mundhari in at-Targhîb wat-Tarhib (4/283), al-Haythamiin Majma’uz-Zawa‘id (2/291) and Ibn Hajar in Fathul-Bari (10/108).]

Similarly, in the hadith of Sa’ad:  The Prophet salAllahu ’alayhi wa sallam was asked: Who from mankind suffers the greatest afflictions?  He replied: “The Prophets, then those most like them, then those most like them.  A person is afflicted with calamities in comparisons to his Deen, so if he is firm in his Deen, then his afflictions are strong and if he is weak in his Deen, then his afflictions are lighter.  A person is afflicted with calamities until he is left walking upon the face of this earth without any sins.”
[Sahih: Related by Ahmad (l/172), at-Tirmidhi (no.2398) and Ibn Majah (no.4023). It was authenticated by al-Albani in as-Sahihah (no.143).]

May Allah Brighten the Man Who…

Narrated by Zayd Ibn Thabit who said that Allah’s Messenger (sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “May Allah brighten the man who heard a hadeeth from us, memorized it and then conveys it just as he heard it, for perhaps the one who carries fiqh is not a faqeeh (one who understands), and perhaps he passes it on with the fiqh to one who is better than him in understanding.  There are three things the heart of Muslim harbours no ghill (aversion) towards:  making one’s act sincerely for Allah’s sake, sincerely advising the Muslim rulers, and sticking to the Jamaa’ah, for indeed their supplication encompasses those who are behind them.  And the one who makes the worldly life his main concern, Allah will remove from his heart contentment and He will place poverty right between his eyes, and Allah will shatter his affairs and nothing will come (to him) except what was written for him.  And the one who makes the Hereafter his concern, Allah will place contentment in heart and He will remove the poverty that is between his eyes, and He will suffice him in his affairs, and the worldly life will come to him regardless.”
[Mutawaatir (concurrent) hadeeth, as per Imaam at-Tirmidhee, al-Hafidh Ibn Hajr, Ibn Jafar al-Katanee, as-Suyootee, et al.  Taken from T.R.O.I.D Publications’ A Study of the Hadeeth, ‘May Allah Brighten the Man.’ ]