Rabia on Sins: Disease is sin, cure is seeking forgiveness

Abu Nu’aym reported: Al-Rabia’ ibn Khuthaym, may Allah have mercy on him, said to his companions, “Do you know the disease, the cure, and the healing?” They said no. Al-Rabia’ said, “The disease is sin, the cure is to seek forgiveness from Allah, and the healing is to repent and then not repeat it.”

Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 1722

عن أبي نعيم عَنِ الرَّبِيعِ بْنِ خُثَيْمٍ رحمه الله أَنَّهُ قَالَ لأَصْحَابِهِ تَدْرُونَ مَا الدَّاءُ وَالدَّوَاءُ وَالشِّفَاءُ قَالُوا لا قَالَ الدَّاءُ الذُّنُوبُ وَالدَّوَاءُ الاسْتِغْفَارُ وَالشِّفَاءُ أَنْ تَتُوبَ ثُمَّ لا تَعُودَ

1722 حلية الأولياء لأبي نعيم