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A man said to Al-Hasan Al-Basri (rahimahullah):

The people sit around you so that they may find fault with you!

So he said,

Indeed, I encouraged my soul to aspire for Paradise so it aspired for it. Then I encouraged it to aspire for salvation from Hellfire and so it aspired for it. Then I encouraged it to aspire for salvation from the people, but I didn’t find a way to that. Indeed the people were not pleased with their Creator although He provides for them, so how can they be pleased with another creation like themselves?

– Source: Al-Bidaya wal-Nihaya (9/318 –

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