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Hadith #1

أبي - رحمه الله - قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله، عن القاسم بن محمد الأصبهاني، عن سليمان بن داود المنقري، عن فضيل بن عياض، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: قلت له: من الورع من الناس؟ فقال: الذي يتورع من محارم الله ويجتنب هؤلاء. وإذا لم يتق الشبهات وقع في الحرام وهو لا يعرفه، وإذا رأى المنكر فلم ينكره وهو يقوى عليه فقد أحب أن يعصى الله، ومن أحب أن يعصى الله فقد بارز الله بالعداوة، ومن أحب بقاء الظالمين فقد أحب أن يعصى الله، إن الله تبارك وتعالى حمد نفسه على [إ] هلاك الظلمة فقال: " فقطع دابر القوم الذين ظلموا والحمد لله رب العالمين ".

1. My father, may Allah grant him mercy, said: We were told by Sa’d bin Abdullah, from Qasem bin Muhammed al-Esbahani, from Sulayman bin Dawud al-Manqari, from Fudail bin ‘Iyadh, from Abu Abdillah, peace be upon him, that he said: I said to him: Who is the pious among people? He said: The one who is pious (by maintaining avoidance) from that which is forbidden by Allah and avoids those. If he does not fear (Allah by avoiding) matters of dubiousness, he will fall into the prohibited whilst not recognizing it, and if he sees the evil and does not condemn it whilst having the ability to it, he has certainly liked for Allah to be disobeyed. The one who likes for Allah to be disobeyed, has certainly challenged Allah with enmity. The one who likes the continuation of the oppressors, has certainly liked for Allah to be disobeyed. Indeed, Allah, Blessed and Exalted is He, has praised Himself for causing the oppressors to perish, and He said: «So, eliminated were the people who wronged. And praise be to Allah, the Lord of all the worlds.» (6:45)