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Abdullah on Humility: Is my heart too arrogant to refuse house work?

October 31, 2016

Bukair ibn Al-Ashajj reported: Abdullah ibn Salaam, may Allah be pleased with him, came out from behind a building while carrying a bundle of firewood. When the people saw him, they said, “O father of Yusuf, your son and your servant are enough to help you with this!” Abdullah said, “I want to test my heart. Is it too proud to reject this?”

Source: al-Zuhd wal-Raqā’iq 819

عن بكير بن الأشج أَنَّ عَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ سَلَامٍ رضي الله عنه خَرَجَ مِنْ حَائِطٍ لَهُ بِحُزْمَةِ حَطَبٍ يَحْمِلُهَا فَلَمَّا أَبْصَرَهُ النَّاسُ قَالُوا يَا أَبَا يُوسُفَ قَدْ كَانَ يَعْنِي فِي وَلَدِكَ وَعَبِيدِكَ مَنْ يَكْفِيكَ هَذَا قَالَ أَرَدْتُ أَنْ أُجَرِّبَ قَلْبِي هَلْ يُنْكِرُ هَذَا

819 الزهد والرقائق لابن المبارك