Wahb on Khalil: Ibrahim was Allah’s best friend for his humility

Wahb ibn Munabbih reported: I read in some of the books revealed from heaven, “Verily, Allah Almighty said to Abraham, upon him be peace: Do you know why I have taken you as an intimate friend? Ibrahim said: No, O Lord. Allah said: For your humility in standing before Me in prayer.”

Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 4/59

عَنْ وَهْبِ بْنِ مُنَبِّهٍ قَالَ قَرَأْتُ فِي بَعْضِ الْكُتُبِ الَّتِي أُنْزِلَتْ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ إِنَّ اللهَ تَعَالَى قَالَ لِإِبْرَاهِيمَ عَلَيْهِ السَّلَامُ أَتَدْرِي لِمَ اتَّخَذْتُكَ خَلِيلًا قَالَ لَا يَا رَبِّ قَالَ لِذُلِّ مَقَامِكَ بَيْنَ يَدَيَّ فِي الصَّلَاةِ

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