Fudayl on Virtue: What is humility? What is patience?

October 4, 2017

Ibrahim ibn Al-Ash’at reported: I asked Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad, may Allah have mercy on him, “What is humility?” Fudayl said, “It is to humble yourself for the truth, to act in accordance with it, and to accept it even if you hear it from a child.” I asked, “What is patience with calamity?” Fudayl said, “It is to not publicize your complaint.”

Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā 11692

عن إبراهيم بن الأشعث قَالَ سَأَلْتُ الْفُضَيْلِ رحمه الله مَا التَّوَاضُعُ قَالَ أَنْ تَخْضَعَ لِلْحَقِّ وَتَنْقَادُ لَهُ وَلَوْ سَمِعْتَهُ مِنْ صَبِيٍّ قَبَلْتَهُ مِنْهُ وَلَوْ سَمِعْتَهُ مِنْ أَجْهَلِ النَّاسِ قَبَلْتَهُ مِنْهُ وَسَأَلْتُهُ مَا الصَّبْرُ عَلَى الْمُصِيبَةِ قَالَ أَنْ لا تَبُثَّ

11692 حلية الأولياء لأبي نعيم