Imaam Ibnul Jawzi (rahimahullaah) said:

Whoever does not read the stories of the salaf and about the path they followed, then he can never follow that path.  It is befitting for a person to know and understand that the nature of an individual’s (character) is a thief.  If a person leaves his nature with the people of his time, his nature will steal from theirs and he will become similar to them.  But if he reads about the lives of the Salaf, his nature will join theirs and he will learn from their character. [Talbees Iblees’ page 16]


 

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