Fudayl on Sincerity: Good will to love others more than yourself

Ibn ‘Asakir reported: Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “If you love for people to be equal to you, you have not fulfilled sincerity for the sake of your Lord. How so while you love for people to be less than you?”

Source: Tārīkh Dimashq 48/418

Ibn Rajab said, “He is indicating that true sincerity for them is to love for them to be above you, for this is an exalted spiritual station and a high degree of good will.”

Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 1/309

عن ابن عساكر قَالَ الْفُضَيْلُ رحمه الله إِنْ كُنْتَ تُحِبُّ أَنْ يَكُونَ النَّاسُ مِثْلَكَ فَمَا أَدَّيْتَ النَّصِيحَةَ لِرَبِّكَ كَيْفَ وَأَنْتَ تُحِبُّ أَنْ يَكُونُوا دُونَكَ

48/418 تاريخ دمشق لابن عساكر

قال ابن رجب يُشِيرُ إِلَى أَنَّ النَّصِيحَةَ لَهُمْ أَنْ يُحِبَّ أَنْ يَكُونُوا فَوْقَهُ، وَهَذِهِ مَنْزِلَةٌ عَالِيَةٌ، وَدَرَجَةٌ رَفِيعَةٌ فِي النُّصْحِ

1/309 جامع العلوم والحكم