When a man sought knowledge, it would not be long before it could be seen…

عن الحسن أنه قال كان الرجل إذا طلب العلم لم يلبث أن يرى ذلك في تخشعه وبصره ولسانه ويده

وصلاته وحديثه وزهده وإن كان الرجل ليصيب الباب من أبواب العلم فيعمل به فيكون خيرا له من الدنيا وما فيها لو كانت له فجعلها في الآخرة


When a man sought knowledge, it would not be long before it could be seen in his humbleness, his sight, upon his tongue and his hands, in his prayer, in his speech and in his disinterest (zuhd) in worldly allurements. And a man would acquire a portion of knowledge and put it into practice, and it would be better for him than the world and all it contains – if he owned it he would give it in exchange for the hereafter.



See Ibn al Mubarak’s Kitab al Zuhd. Part of it is in al Khatib’s al Jami li Akhlaq al Rawi  and other works.

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