Haatim Al-Asam (rahimahullaah) said:

I have three traits by way of which I gain the upper hand over the one who argues with me! They (i.e. the people) said: “What are they?” He said: “I am happy when the one who argues with me is correct. I am sad when he is mistaken and I prevent myself from being disrespectful towards him.” This (statement of Haatim) reached Imaam Ahmad Ibn Hanbal (rahimahullaah), so he said: ”Glorified be Allaah and free is He from all imperfections! What a judicious man he (Haatim) is!”

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[Source: Quoted by Shaikh Abdullaah Al-Bukhaari in At-Ta’aqqubaat As-Sareehah Alaa Risaaalah An-Naseehah Lid-Duktoor Ibraaheem Bin Aamir Ar-Ruhayli’ page: 48]

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