Hudhayfah on Sins: Gradual disobedience led Israelites to unbelief

Tariq ibn Shihab reported: It was said to Hudhayfah, may Allah be pleased with him, “Was it in one day that the tribes of Israel abandoned their religion?” Hudhayfah said, “No, rather when they were given a command, they would leave it, and when they were given a prohibition, they would commit it, until they slid out of their religion just as a man slides out of his shirt.”

Source: Ḥilyat al-Awliyā’ 1/278

عَنْ طَارِقِ بْنِ شِهَابٍ عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ رضي الله عنه قَالَ قِيلَ لَهُ فِي يَوْمٍ وَاحِدٍ تَرَكَتْ بَنُو إِسْرَائِيلَ دِينَهُمْ قَالَ لَا وَلَكِنَّهُمْ كَانُوا إِذَا أُمِرُوا بِشَيْءٍ تَرَكُوهُ وَإِذَا نُهُوا عَنْ شَيْءٍ رَكِبُوهُ حَتَّى انْسَلَخُوا مِنْ دِينِهِمْ كَمَا يَنْسَلِخُ الرَّجُلُ مِنْ قَمِيصِهِ

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