What is the reference and Arabic text for this narration? Also, who is it attributed to?

‘Abdullah said:

“My father said to me, ‘O my son, accompany the intelligent, and indeed you will be ascribed to them, even if you are not from them! And do not accompany the ignoramuses, lest you are ascribed to them, even if you are not from them!”



Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration as the advice of the famous Tabi’i; Imam Tawus ibn Kaysan (rahimahullah) which he offered to his son, ‘Abdullah.

(Hilyatul Awliya, 4 pg. 13. Also see: Tahdhibul Kamal, vol. 13 pg. 368)


Arabic text

يا بُنَيّ، صاحِبِ العُقَلاءَ تُنْسَب إليهم وإن لَمْ تَكُنْ منهم، ولا تُصاحِب الجُهَّالَ فتنسب إليهم وإن لم تكن منهم


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar