What is the reference for this?

لأن أبيت نائما وأصبح نادما أحب إلي من أن أبيت قائما وأصبح معجبا



Imam Abu Nu’aym (rahimahullah) has recorded this statement of the Tabi’i; Mutarrif ibn ‘Abdillah ibn Shikkhir (rahimahullah).

(Hilyatul Awliya, vol. 2 pg. 200)


After citing this statement of Mutarrif ibn ‘Abdillah, ‘Allamah Dhahabi says, ‘By Allah! Those who praise themselves or are self conceited will never succeed’

(Siyaru A’alamin Nubala, vol. 4 pg. 190)



It is more beloved to me that I spend the night asleep and awaken [in the morning] regretful [for not offering Tahajjud Salah], rather than spending the night engaged in Tahajjud Salah but being proud/conceited in the morning.



And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.


Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala


Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar


Checked by: Moulana Haroon Abasoomar