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Benefit from Five and Beware of Five

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Seize five things

Ibn Abi Haatim (Rahimahullah) said:

“I entered Damascus and came upon the students of hadeeth, and I passed by the circle of Qasim al-Joo’ee. I found a group sitting around him and he was speaking. Their appearance amazed me; and I heard him saying:

“Seize the benefit of five things from the people of your time:

1) When you are present, you are not known;
2) When you are absent, you are not missed;
3) When you are seen, your advice is not sought;
4) When you say something, your saying is not accepted;
5)When you have some knowledge, you are not given anything for it.

I also advise you with five matters:

1) When you are treated unjustly, do not behave unjustly;
2) When you are praised do not become happy;
3) When you are criticised, do not become upset;
4) When you are not believed, do not become angry;
5) If the people act deceitfully towards you, do not act deceitfully towards them.”

Ibn Abi Hatim said: So I took this as my benefit from Damascus”

[Related by Ibn al-Jawzi (Rahimahullah) in Sifatus-Safwaa (2/200]



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