Ibn Adham on Love: Those who love Allah are compassionate with sinners

July 8, 2012

Ibrahim ibn Adham reported: We were passing through some cities and I saw two people among the ascetics on a journey. One of them said to the other, “O brother, what do the people who love Allah inherit from their beloved?” The other said, “They inherit insight from the light of Allah the Exalted and compassion for those who disobey Allah.” I said, “How can he have compassion for people who contradict their beloved?” He looked to me and said, “They abhor their sinful deeds and have compassion for them that by their admonition they might leave their deeds, and they feel sympathy that their bodies might be burned in Hellfire. The believer is not truly a believer until he is pleased for people to have what he is pleased for himself.” Then they left and I never saw them again.

Source: Hilyat al-Awliyā 11441

Ibn Rajab reported: Some of the righteous predecessors said, “The people who love Allah look by the light of Allah and they are compassionate with those who disobey Allah. They hate their actions but show mercy to them so that through their admonitions they might leave their actions. They are afraid that the Hellfire will consume their bodies. The believer will not truly be a believer until he is pleased for people to have what he is pleased for himself. If he sees in someone else a merit by which they excel him, then he wishes the like of it for himself. If that merit is related to the religion, then it is good.”

Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 13

عن إبراهيم بن أدهم كُنْتُ مَارًّا فِي بَعْضِ الْمُدُنِ فَرَأَيْتُ نَفْسَيْنِ مِنَ الزُّهَادِ وَالسَّيَّاحِينَ فِي الأَرْضِ فَقَالَ أَحَدُهُمَا لِلآخَرِ يَا أَخِي مَا وَرِثَ أَهْلُ الْمَحَبَّةِ مِنْ مَحْبُوبِهِمْ فَأَجَابَهُ الآخَرُ وَرِثُوا النَّظَرَ بِنُورِ اللَّهِ تَعَالَى وَالتَّعَطُّفَ عَلَى أَهْلِ مَعَاصِي اللَّهِ قَالَ فَقُلْتُ لَهُ كَيْفَ يَعْطِفُ عَلَى قَوْمٍ قَدْ خَالِفُوا مَحْبُوبَهُمْ فَنَظَرَ إِلَيَّ ثُمَّ قَالَ مَقَتَ أَعْمَالَهُمْ وَعَطَفَ عَلَيْهِمْ لِيَرُدَّهُمْ بِالْمَوَاعِظِ عَنْ فِعَالِهِمْ وَأَشْفَقَ عَلَى أَبْدَانِهِمْ مِنَ النَّارِ لا يَكُونُ الْمُؤْمِنُ مُؤْمِنًا حَقًّا حَتَّى يَرْضَى لِلنَّاسِ مَا يَرْضَى لِنَفْسِهِ ثُمَّ غَابُوا فَلَمْ أَرَهُمْ

11441 حلية الأولياء لأبي نعيم إبراهيم بن أدهم

عن ابن رجب قَالَ بَعْضُ الصَّالِحِينَ مِنَ السَّلَفِ أَهْلُ الْمَحَبَّةِ لِلَّهِ نَظَرُوا بِنُورِ اللَّهِ وَعَطَفُوا عَلَى أَهْلِ مَعَاصِي اللَّهِ مَقَتُوا أَعْمَالَهُمْ وَعَطَفُوا عَلَيْهِمْ لِيُزِيلُوهُمْ بِالْمَوَاعِظِ عَنْ فِعَالِهِمْ وَأَشْفَقُوا عَلَى أَبْدَانِهِمْ مِنَ النَّارِ وَلَا يَكُونُ الْمُؤْمِنُ مُؤْمِنًا حَقًّا حَتَّى يَرْضَى لِلنَّاسِ مَا يَرْضَاهُ لِنَفْسِهِ وَإِنْ رَأَى فِي غَيْرِهِ فَضِيلَةً فَاقَ بِهَا عَلَيْهِ فَتَمَنَّى لِنَفَسِهِ مِثْلَهَا فَإِنْ كَانَتْ تِلْكَ الْفَضِيلَةُ دِينِيَّةً كَانَ حَسَنًا

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