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Mu’adh on Conscience: Beware if a wise man contradicts your conscience

May 1, 2016

Abu Idrees reprted: Mu’adh ibn Jabal, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “I warn you of the deviation of the wise man, for Satan can speak a word of misguidance through the wise man and the hypocrite can speak the truth. Thus, accept the truth for upon the truth is light.” They said, “How can we know if the wise man, may Allah have mercy on him, has spoken misguidance?” Mu’adh said, “It is a word you reject from him and you say: What is this? Yet do not turn away from him, for he may retract it and return to some of what you recognize. Verily, the place of faith and deeds is set until the Day of Resurrection, so whoever seeks them will find them.”

Source: Hilyat al-Awliyā 819

عن أبي إدريس أَنَّ مُعَاذَ بْنَ جَبَلٍ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ تَعَالَى عَنْهُ قَالَ وَأُحَذِّرُكُمْ زَيْغَةَ الْحَكِيمِ فَإِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ يَقُولُ فِي الْحَكِيمِ كَلِمَةَ الضَّلالَةِ وَقَدْ يَقُولُ الْمُنَافِقُ كَلِمَةَ الْحَقِّ فَاقْبَلُوا الْحَقَّ فَإِنَّ عَلَى الْحَقِّ نُورًا فَقَالُوا وَمَا يُدْرِينَا رَحِمَكَ اللَّهُ أَنَّ الْحَكِيمَ قَدْ يَقُولُ كَلِمَةَ الضَّلالَةِ قَالَ هِيَ كَلِمَةٌ تُنْكِرُونَهَا مِنْهُ وَتَقُولُونَ مَا هَذِهِ فَلا يُثْنِيكُمْ فَإِنَّهُ يُوشِكُ أَنْ يَفِئَ وَيُرَاجِعَ بَعْضَ مَا تَعْرِفُونَ وَإِنَّ الْعَمَلَ وَالإِيمَانَ مَكَانَهُمَا إِلَى يَوْمِ الْقِيَامَةِ مَنِ ابْتَغَاهُمَا وَجَدَهُمَا

819 حلية الأولياء لأبي نعيم معاذ بن جبل