Ibrahim on Character: Asking Allah to give Paradise to the wrongdoer

Al-Qushayri reported: Ibrahim ibn Adham, may Allah have mercy on him, went out to one of the prairies and he was confronted by a soldier. The soldier said, “Where are the residents?” Ibrahim pointed to the graveyard, so the soldier struck his head and wounded him. When the soldier passed by later, it was said to him, “He is Ibrahim ibn Adham, the ascetic of Khorasan!” The soldier came to him apologizing, and Ibrahim said, “When you struck me, I asked Allah Almighty to give you Paradise.” The soldier said, “Why?” Ibrahim said, “I knew I would be rewarded for it, so I did not want my share from you to be good and your share from me to be evil.”

Source: al-Risālah al-Qushayrīyah 2/401

عن القشيري أَن إِبْرَاهِيم بْن أدهم رحمه الله خرج إِلَى بَعْض البراري فاستقبله جندي فَقَالَ أين العمران فأشار إِلَى المقبرة فضرب رأسه وأوضحه فلما جاوزه قيل لَهُ إنه إِبْرَاهِيم بْن أدهم زاهد خراسان فجاء يعتذر إِلَيْهِ فَقَالَ إنك لما ضربتني سألت اللَّه تَعَالَى لَك الْجَنَّة فَقَالَ لَمْ فَقَالَ علمت أني أؤجر عَلَيْهِ فلم أرد أَن يَكُون نصيبي منك الخير ونصيبك منى الشر

2/401 الرسالة القشيرية

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