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Muzaahim said:

‘Umar Ibn “Abdul ‘Aziz Rahimahullah told us the following, “There are five things which if a judge missed any of them, it will be a blemish on him: A judge should be discerning, deliberate, chaste, resolute, knowledgeable and inquisitive.

Fath al Bari

‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul ‘Azeez (رحمه الله) said, “Al-Taqwa does not mean spending the night in prayers and observing fast in the day, but it does mean: to perform Divine obligations and to avoid prohibitions; and if one acts upon additional good deeds, this will be light upon light.”

Jame’al ‘uloom wal hikam

Ibn ‘Asakir recorded that ‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul-’Aziz wrote to ‘Adiy ibnu ‘Adiy, “Belief includes obligations, doctrines, boundaries, and preferred ways. Whoever fulfills all of them has perfected his belief, and whoever does not fulfill them has not perfected his belief. If I live, I will make them clear to you so that you can act on them. If I die, however, I am not eager for your company.”

Fathul  Bari

Umar b. Abdul Aziz RA said. ‘Whoever of you does good action then let him praise Allah. Whoever does wrong action, let him seek Allah’s forgiveness and turn in tawbah, because for some people there is no avoiding doing actions which Allah appointed as their destinies and which He decreed for them.’

In another narration from him, ‘Whoever does a wrong action, then let him seek Allah’s forgiveness and turn in tawbah. Then if he repeats [the wrong] then let him seek Allah’s forgiveness and turn in tawbah. Then if he repeats then let him seek Allah’s forgiveness and turn in tawbah, because they are only mistakes marked on men’s necks, and total destruction lies in persistence upon them.’

The meaning of this is that the slave will unavoidably do whatever wrong actions are decreed for him, as the Prophet S said, ‘There is decreed for the son of Adam his portion of adultery, and he will meet that unavoidably.’ [Bukhari]. However. Allah has made a way out for the slave from the wrong actions into which he falls, and he effaces them by turning in tawbah and seeking Allah’s forgiveness. If he does that then he becomes free from the evil of this wrong action, and if he persists in that, he perishes.

Ibn Rajab, Jami al-Ulum wa’l-Hikam

“I was told that `Umar bin `Abdil-`Azeez wrote to the Syrian army as follows: ‘As-salaamu ‘alaikum wa rahmatullaah. Now then, whoever contemplates death frequently speaks little, while he who knows that death is certain is satisfied with a little. Farewell.’

[at-Tabaree]

Umar bin `Abdul-`Aziz, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “I found that punishment comes with negligence, meaning the Ayah:

[فَلَمَّآ ءَاسَفُونَا انتَقَمْنَا مِنْهُمْ فَأَغْرَقْنَـهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ ]

(So when they angered Us, We punished them, and drowned them all).” [Surah az- Zukhruf]

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir]

Ma’n b. ‘Îsâ reports

Mâlik b. Anas was once returning from the mosque, leaning on my arm, when a man called Abû Al-Juwayrîyah who was accused of Al-Irjâ` caught up with him. He said. “O Abû ‘Abdullâh, listen to something I have to say and debate with me and let me tell you my opinion.” [Imâm] Mâlik said, “And what if you overcome me?” The man replied, “If I defeat you, you follow me.” Mâlik asked, “And what if another man comes and defeats us?” He replied, “Then we follow him.” To this, Mâlik – Allâh’s mecy be upon him – said, “O servant of Allâh, Allâh sent Muhammad – Allâh’s peace and blessings be upon him – with a single religion, but I see you moving from religion to religion. ‘Umar b. ‘Abd Al-‘Azîz [Rahimahullah] said, ‘Whoever makes his religion the object of argumentation will frequently change it.’”

Al-Âjurrî, Ktâb Al-Sharî’ah Vol.1 p128

‘Umar bin ‘Abd al-’Aziz [Rahimahullah]  used to say: “None can reach the state of taqwa until he possesses neither actions nor words that can be exposed to his embarrassment, either in this World or the Hereafter.”

He was also once asked: “When does the worshipper reach the peak of piety?” He replied: “If he puts all the thoughts and desires in his heart on a plate and then wandered around in the market, he should not feel ashamed of anything there.”

[‘Min Akhlaq as-Salaf’; p. 56]

Imam Al-Bukhari [Rahimahullah] was also  also mentioned in “al-Fath al bari”: ‘Umar Ibn ‘Abdul ‘Aziz wrote to all the countries: “Search for the hadith of the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam and assemble them.”