Al-Warraq on Nearness: Seek nearness to Allah by asking from Him and not people

Muhammad ibn Hamid reported: I asked Abu Bakr Al-Warraq, “Teach me something that will bring me closer to people.” Abu Bakr said, “As for what brings you closer to Allah, then continue to ask him. As for what brings you closer to people, then stop asking from them.”

Source: Shu’b Al-Iman 1061

عن محمد بن حامد قال قُلْتُ لأَبِي بَكْرٍ الْوَرَّاقِ عَلِّمْنِي شَيْئًا يُقَرِّبُنِي مِنَ النَّاسِ فَقَالَ أَمَّا الَّذِي يُقَرِّبُكَ إِلَى اللَّهِ فَمَسْأَلَتُهُ وَأَمَّا الَّذِي يُقَرِّبُكَ مِنَ النَّاسِ فَتَرْكُ مَسْأَلَتَهُمْ

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