Hasan on Backbiting: Hasan sends gifts to those who backbite him

Abu Sa’id al-Khadimi reported: A man said to Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, “Indeed, someone has backbitten you!” Hasan sent a dish of sweet dates to the backbiter and he said, “I heard that you have given me your good deeds as a gift, so I want to repay you for it, but please excuse me for I am unable to completely repay you.”

Source: Tanbīh al-Ghāfilīn 1/164

عَنْ السمرقندي عَنْ الْحَسَنِ الْبَصْرِيِّ أَنَّ رَجُلًا قَالَ لَهُ إنَّ فُلَانًا قَدْ اغْتَابَك فَبَعَثَ إلَيْهِ طَبَقًا مِنْ الرُّطَبِ وَقَالَ بَلَغَنِي أَنَّك أَهْدَيْت إلَيَّ حَسَنَاتٍ فَأَرَدْت أَنْ أُكَافِئَك عَلَيْهَا فَاعْذُرْنِي فَإِنِّي لَا أَقْدِرُ أَنْ أُكَافِئَك بِهَا عَلَى التَّمَامِ

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