Dawud Ta’i on Self-talk: Talking to yourself as a means of discipline

Hammad ibn Abi Hanifah reported: I came to Dawud al-Ta’i, may Allah have mercy on him, and his door was fastened shut. I could hear him saying: You lusted after carrots so I fed you carrots, then you lusted after carrots and dates together and I will never let you eat them again! I entered and greeted him with peace only to find that he was censuring himself.

Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 7/350

عَنْ حَمَّادِ بْنِ أَبِي حَنِيفَةَ قَالَ جِئْتُ دَاوُدَ الطَّائِيَّ رحمه الله وَالْبَابُ عَلَيْهِ مُصَفَّقٌ فَسَمِعْتُهُ يَقُولُ اشْتَهَيْتِ جَزَرًا فَأَطْعَمْتُكِ ثُمَّ اشْتَهَيْتِ جَزَرًا وَتَمْرًا آلَيْتُ أَنْ لَا تَأْكُلِيهِ أَبَدًا فَاسْتَأْذَنْتُ وَسَلَّمْتُ وَدَخَلْتُ فَإِذَا هُوَ يُعَاتِبُ نَفْسَهُ

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