Please mention the reference for this narration:

عن وهب بن كيسان، قال: كتب إلي عبد الله بن الزبير بموعظة: أما بعد فإن لأهل التقوى علامات يعرفون بها ويعرفونها من أنفسهم من صبر على البلاء ورضى بالقضاء وشكر النعماء وذل لحكم القرآن



Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration. Imam Abu Dawud (rahimahullah) has recorded a slightly different version in Kitabuz Zuhd.

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 1 pg. 336, Kitabuz Zuhd of Imam Abu Dawud, Hadith: 391)



Wahb ibn Kaysan (rahimahullah) says:”Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn Zubayr (radiyallahu ‘anhu) once wrote to me some advice, There are certain signs/characteristics that those with taqwa possess with which they are recognised and they too know that they possess these qualities;

  1. Patience when afflicted with a calamity
  2. Happiness with Allah’s decree
  3. Gratitude and shukr for all of Allah’s bounties
  4. Complete submissiveness to the laws of the Quran


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar