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عَن عَطَاء ، قَالَ : « كَانَ فَتىً يَخْتَلِفُ إِلَى أُمِّ المُؤْمِنِينَ عَائِشَةَ ، فَيَسْأَلُهَا وَتُحَدِّثُهُ ، فَجَاءَهَا ذَاتَ يَومٍ يَسْأَلُهَا فَقَالَتْ : يَا بُنَيَّ هَلْ عَمِلتَ بَعْدَ مَا سَمِعتَ مِنِّي ؟ فَقَالَ : لَا وَاللهِ يَا أُمَّه ، فَقَاَلَتْ : يَا بُنَيَّ فَبِمَا تَسْتَكْثِرُ مِنْ حُجَجِ اللهِ عَلَينَا وَعَلَيكَ »

Our mother ʿĀʾishah was a loving teacher. Her student ʿAṭāʾ relates that a young man would come to her frequently to ask questions. One day, she said to him in response to one of his questions, “My dear son, did you act upon what I told you earlier?” “Not yet, dear mother.” he replied. She said to him:

“My dear son, the why do seek to gain more of Allah’s proofs against myself and yourself?”

Al-Khaṭīb al-Baghdādī, Iqtiḍāʾ al-ʿIlm al-ʿAmal #92.

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