قيل ليحيى بن معاذ : ما صفة الزاهد ؟

قال: الزاهد;   قوته ما وجد ، ومسكنه حيث أدرك ، ولباسه ما ستر عورته ، والدنيا سجنه ، والفقر ضجيعه ، والخلوة مجلسه ، الشيطان عدوه ، والقرآن أنسه ، والله همه ، والذكر رفيقه ، والزهد قرينه ، والحكمة سلاحه ، والصمت كلامه ، والاعتبار فكرته ، والعلم قائده ، والصبر وسادته ، والتوبة فراشه ، واليقين صاحبه ، والنصيحة نهمته ، والصديقون إخوانه ، والعقل دليله ، والتوكل كسبه ، والعمل شغله ، والعبادة حرفته ، والتقوى زاده ، والبر مطيته ، والمعرفة وزيره ، والتوفيق مستعمله ، والحياة سفره ، والأيام مراحله ، والجنة منزله ، والله عز وجل معتمده

It was said to Yahya ibn Mu’adh; ‘what is the description of the Zaahid?’

He said : ‘The Zaahid [practiser of Zuhd] : his food is what he finds, and his home is wherever he attains, and his cloth is what covers his awrah, and the world his prison, poverty his resting-place, seclusion his sittings, shaytaan his enemy, The Qur’an his pleasure, Allaah his main goal, Dhikr his friend, Zuhd his companion, wisdom his weapon, silence his speech, pondering his intellect, knowledge his driver, patience his pillow, repentance his bed, certainty his partner, advise his greed, the truthful ones his brothers, reliance on Allaah his profit, worship is what he is busy with, fear of Allaah his provision, piety his comfort, intellect his minister, this life is his travel, the days are his stages, Paradise his destination, and Allaah The Most Majestic The Most Mighty is who he depends on..’ 

az-Zuhd of Imaam al-Bayhaqee : no.85

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