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Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullah) regarding an intelligent person

Can you provide the source of this statement of Sufyan ibn ‘Uyaynah (rahimahullah):

“An intelligent person is not he who merely knows what is good and what is evil. An intelligent person follows good when he sees it and abstains from evil when he sees it”


Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement in Hilyatul Awliya.

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 8 pg. 339)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

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