Hasan on Character: A concise description of the character of a true believer

March 13, 2016

Ibn Abdul Barr reported: Hasan Al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “Verily, from the character of the believer is strength in religion, determination with leniency, faith with certainty, eagerness for knowledge, sympathy with understanding, moderation in worship, mercy with effort, giving to those who ask, not wronging the one he hates, not sinning over the one he loves, dignified in turmoil, grateful in ease, content with what he has, speaking to impart understanding, being silent out of caution, and affirming the truth as a witness over him.”

Source: Jāmi’ Bayān al-‘Ilm 622

عن ابن عبد البر عَنِ الْحَسَنِ قَالَ إِنَّ مِنْ أَخْلاقِ الْمُؤْمِنِ قُوَّةً فِي الدِّينِ وَحَزْمًا فِي لِينٍ وَإِيمَانًا فِي يَقِينٍ وَحِرْصًا عَلَى عِلْمٍ وَشَفَقَةً فِي تَفَقُّهٍ وَقَصْدًا فِي عِبَادَةٍ وَرَحْمَةً لِلْمَجْهُودِ وَإِعْطَاءً لِلسَّائِلِ لا يَحِيفُ عَلَى مَنْ يُبْغِضُ وَلا يَأْثَمُ فِيمَنْ يُحِبُّ فِي الزَّلازِلِ وَقُورٌ وَفِي الرَّخَاءِ شَكُورٌ قَانِعٌ بِالَّذِي لَهُ يَنْطِقُ لِيُفْهِمَ وَيَسْكُتُ لِيَسْلَمَ وَيُقِرُّ بِالْحَقِّ أَنْ يُشْهَدُ عَلَيْهِ

622 جامع بيان العلم وفضله لابن عبد البر