Abbād b. Abbād al-Khawwās:
Doubt and suspect your opinions and the opinions of the people of your era, and be certain, verifying [a matter] before speaking [about it]. Seek knowledge before it is sought from you, for indeed a time will come in which Truth and falsehood resembles each other such that they will become confused, and in which good is [called] evil and evil is [called] good. So some of you will end up trying to get close to Allaah with that which will distance you from Him, showing love for Him with that which will anger Him. Allaah, the Most High, said:
“Is he then to whom the evil of his deeds is made to seem fair to him, so that he considers it as good, (equal to the one who is rightly guided)? Verily, Allaah leads astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. So do not destroy yourself (O Muhammad) in sorrow for them. Indeed Allaah is the All-Knower of what they do.” [Soorah al-Faatir (35):8]
- Source: Narrated by ad-Daarimee (1/160-163), who said: “`Abdul-Malak ibn Sulaymaan Aboo `Abdur-Rahmaan al-Antaakee reported the whole of this to us.”
- Translated by: `Aboo Abdullaah as-Sayalaanee.