Honest Scrutiny of Oneself: [What Made Sa’eed Weep After Sufyaan Spoke About The Righteous People?!]
In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
One day Sufyaan Ath-Thawree [rahimahullaah] sat and spoke, whilst Sa’eed Ibn As-Saa’ib At-Taa’ifee [rahimahullaah] was present in the gathering; so Sa’eed started weeping until Sufyaan felt sorry for him. Then Sufyaan said to him, ‘O Sa’eed! What makes you weep when you heard me mentioning the good people and their deeds?’ He said, ‘O Sufyaan! What should prevent me from weeping, for when the stations of the good people are mentioned, I am not from them’. So Sufyaan said, ‘You have a right [or it is befitting that] you weep’’’.
[Muhaasabatun Nafs. By Ibn Abee Dunyaa (rahimahullaah). page 76. Slightly paraphrased]