Hasan on Consultation: Know that blessing is in consulting companions

Ibn Muflih reported: Al-Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Indeed, Allah Almighty did not command His Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, to consult his companions because he needed their opinions, but rather He intended for them to recognize the blessing in consultation.”

Source: al-Ādāb al-Shar’īyah 1/326

قَالَ الْحَسَنُ رحمه الله إنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالَى لَمْ يَأْمُرْ نَبِيَّهُ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ بِمُشَاوَرَةِ أَصْحَابِهِ حَاجَةً مِنْهُ إلَى رَأْيِهِمْ وَلَكِنْ أَرَادَ أَنْ يُعَرِّفَهُمْ مَا فِي الْمَشُورَةِ مِنْ الْبَرَكَةِ

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