The True Intellectuals: 1

It was said to Ibn Mubaarak: ‘What is the best thing one is bestowed with?’

He said: ‘An instinctive intellect.’

It was said: ‘If that is not the case? ‘

He said: ‘Good manners.’

It was said: ‘If that was not the case?’

He said: ‘A good friend he seeks advice from.’

It was said:  ‘If that was not the case?’

He said: ‘Long periods of samt (this is observing silence and only speaking what is necessary or what is pleasing to Allah).

It was said: ‘If that was not the case?’

He said: ‘A hastened death.’

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I think he says a hastened death because there is no more good left for this kind of person!

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From the book: Rawdhatul Uqalaa wa Nuzhatul Fudhalaa [The Meadow of the Intellectual and the Vacation of the Virtous] of al-Imaam Ibn Hibbaan al-Bustee , Chapter: Characteristics of the Intelligent

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