“I arrived at Damascus and came across the students of Hadeeth. I passed by the circle of Qaasim al Joo’ee, I saw a group of people sitting around him while he was speaking, I loved the sight of them. I heard him saying:
“Gain five Characteristics from the people of your time:
if you are present in a gathering – you are not known,
if you are absent – you are not missed,
if you are present – you are not asked for counsel,
if you speak – your words are not accepted,
and if you do something – you are not rewarded for it.
I also advise you with five:
if you are oppressed – do not be oppressive,
if you are praised – do not be pleased,
if you are criticized – do not be sad,
if you are belied – do not get upset,
if people betray you – do not betray them.”
Abu Haatim stated: “So I made this the benefit that I gained from Damascus.”
Published: Nov 16, 2008 Translator: Abu Abdul-Waahid, Nadir Ahmad Should you find any error in the translation, please contact us. Please keep comments knowledge based and topic related.