Ibn Abee Haatim “I Advise You With 5 Matters”


Ibn Abee Haatim (Rahimahullah) said:

I entered Damascus and came upon the students of hadeeth, and I passed by the circle of Qaasim 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) and when you have some knowledge, you are not given anything for it.

I 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) and if the people act deceitfully towards you, do not act deceitfully towards them.”

Ibn Abee Haatim further remarked:

So I took this as my benefit from Damascus.

Related by Ibn al-Jawzee (RH) in Sifatus-Safwaa (2/200)

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