Ibn Mas’ud on Wisdom: Fear of Allah is beginning of wisdom

Abu ‘Iyas reported: Abdullah ibn Mas’ud, may Allah be pleased with him, would say in his sermons, “The best provision is mindfulness of Allah (al-taqwa), and the foundation of wisdom is the fear of Allah Almighty.”

Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 712

عَنْ أبي إِيَاسٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ رضي الله عنه أَنَّهُ كَانَ يَقُولُ فِي خُطْبَتِهِ خَيْرُ الزَّادِ التَّقْوَى وَرَأْسُ الْحِكْمَةِ مَخَافَةُ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

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