Pleasing The People

A man said to al-Hasan al-Basri (rahimahullah):”The people sit around you so that they may find fault with you!” So he said, “Indeed, I encouraged my soul to aspire for Paradise so it aspired for it. Then I encouraged it to aspire for salvation from Hellfire and so it aspired for it. Then I encouraged it to aspire for salvation from the people, but I didn’t find a way to that. Indeed the people were not pleased with their Creator although He provides for them, so how can they be pleased with another creation like themselves?”

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