Mutarrif ibn ‘Abdillah (rahimahullah) cautioning against vanity and pride

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لأن أبيت نائما وأصبح نادما أحب إلي من أن أبيت قائما وأصبح معجبا



Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement of the Tabi’i; Mutarrif ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Shikkhir (rahimahullah).

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 2 pg. 200)


After citing this statement of Mutarrif ibn ‘Abdillah, ‘Allamah Dhahabi says, ‘By Allah! Those who praise themselves or are self conceited will never succeed’

(Siyaru A’alamin Nubala, vol. 4 pg. 190)



It is more beloved to me that I spend the night asleep and awake regretful [for not offering Tahajjud Salah], rather than spending the night engaged in Tahajjud Salah but being proud/conceited in the morning.

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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