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Seize The Benefit Of Five Things From The People Of Your Time

Ibn Abee Haatim(.328H) Rahimahullaah said:

”I entered Damascus and came upon the students of hadeeth, and I passed by the circle of Qaasim al Joo’ee(d.248 AH). I found a  group sitting around him and he was speaking. Their appearance amazed me; and I heard him saying:

”Seize The Benefit Of Five Things From The People Of Your Time:

  1. When you are present, you are not known;
  2. When you are absent you are not missed;
  3. When you are seen, your advice is not sought;
  4. When you say something, your saying is not accepted;
  5. And when you have some knowledge, you are not given anything for it.

I Also Advise You With Five Matters:

  1. When you are treated unjustly, do not behave unjustly;
  2. When you are praised, do not become happy;
  3. When you are criticised, do not become upset;
  4. When you are not believed, do not become angry;
  5. And if people act deceitfully towards you, do not act deceitfully towards them.”

Ibn Abee Haatim said: ”So I took that as my benefit from Damascus.”

Related by Ibn al Jawzee in Sifatus-safwah(2/200).