Ten advices from Five Scholars

 

It is said that a king gathered five scholars and ascetics and ordered each one to give a word of wisdom. Each one spoke and gave two pieces of wisdom and thus they became ten.

 

 

 

The first one said,

“Fearing the Creator is security and feeling safe [from His wrath] is disbelief; and feeling safe from another creature is freedom and fearing him is slavery.”

 

 

The second said,

“Hoping from Allah is richness that no poverty can harm, and loosing hope in Him is poverty that no wealth can alleviate.”

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The third said,

“Poverty in worldy possessions does not harm the one rich at heart (i.e. contented), and richness in worldy possessions does not benefit the one poor at heart (i.e. greedy).”

 

 

The fourth said,

“Generosity does not increase the richness of the heart except in richness, and poverty at heart (greed) does not increase with richness in material possessions except in poverty.”

 

 

The fifth said,

“Taking a little from goodness is better than leaving a lot from evil, and leaving all acts of evil is better than committing a few acts of goodness.”

 

 

[Preparing For The Day Of Judgement By: Imaam Ibn Hajar Al‘ Asqalani, page 42-43]

 

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