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Sufyan on Intelligence: The intelligent person follows good and avoids evil

November 18, 2014

Bishra ibn Al-Harith reported: Sufyan ibn Uyaina, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The reasonable person is not one who merely recognizes good and evil. Rather, the reasonable person is only one who follows good when he sees it, and who avoids evil when he sees it.”

Source: Hilyat al-Awliya 12893

عن بشر بن الحارث قَالَ قَالَ سُفْيَانُ بْنُ عُيَيْنَةَ رحمه الله لَيْسَ الْعَاقِلُ الَّذِي يَعْرِفُ الْخَيْرَ وَالشَّرَّ إِنَّمَا الْعَاقِلُ الَّذِي إِذَا رَأَى الْخَيْرَ اتَّبَعَهُ وَإِذَا رَأَى الشَّرَّ اجْتَنَبَهُ

12893 حلية الأولياء لأبي نعيم بشر بن الحارث