Yusuf on Khalil: Ibrahim was Allah’s best friend for his generosity

Tahir reported: Yusuf ibn Asbat, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “It reached me that Allah Almighty revealed to Abraham, upon him be peace: Do you know why I have taken you as an intimate friend? It is because you give to people and take nothing in return.”

Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 8/242

عَنْ طَاهِر عَنْ يُوسُف بْن أَسْبَاطٍ رحمه الله قال بَلَغَنِي أَنَّ اللهَ تَعَالَى أَوْحَى إِلَى إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ  تَدْرِي لِمَ اتَّخَذْتُكَ خَلِيلًا لِأَنَّكَ تُعْطِي النَّاسَ وَلَا تَأْخُذُ مِنْ أَحَدٍ شَيْئًا

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