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Interact with humans as you would with fire

Respected scholars who is this attributed to and please mention the reference?

“Interact with humans as you would with fire. Draw warmth from them but don’t get burnt in the process. (i.e. Take the good and avoid the bad)


Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this as the statement of Shaqiq Al Balkhi (rahimahullah).

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 8 pg. 77 and vol. 10 pg. 47)

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

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Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar

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