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Admonish me and be brief–Umar Ibn Abdul Azeez (rahimahullaah) seeks advice!

Ibraaheem Ibn Adham (rahimahullaah) said: It has reached me that Umar Ibn Abdul Azeez (rahimahullaah) said to  Khaalid Ibn Safwaan (rahimahullaah): ”Admonish me and be brief”; so Khaalid said: ”O Leader of the believers! Indeed there are a people who have been deceived by Allaah’s concealment of (their sins, blameworthy affairs,  shortcomings etc) and are put to trial by the good praise (received from the people), so let not the ignorance of others about your (real state of affairs) prevail over what you know about yourself.  May Allaah protect us and you  from becoming deceived by Allaah’s concealment of (our real state of affairs), delayed and negligent in that which  Allaah has obligated and inclining towards desires.”  Ibraaheem said: So he (Umar) wept and then said: ”May Allaah protect us and you from following desires.”


[Hilyatul Awliyaa 8/18]

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