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Advice from Damascus

by Ihsan Buxsoo


Ibn Abee Hatim(rh) said "I enetered Damascus and came upon a the students of hadeeth and I passed by the circle of Qaasm al-Joo'ee. I found a group sitting around him and he was speaking. Their appearance amazed me. I heard him saying: "Seize the benefit of five things from the people of your time: When you are present, you are not known; When you are absent, you are not missed; When you are seen, your advice is not sought; When you say something, your saying is not accepted; and When you have some knowledge, you are not given anything for it.


I also advise you with five matters: When you are treated unjustly, do not behave unjustly; When you are praised, do not become happy; When you are criticised, do not become upset; When you are not believed, do not become angry; and If people are deceitful to you, do not act deceitfully towards them. Ibn Abee Hatim(rh) said : So I took this as my benefit from Damasus.



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