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muslim:2744aʿUthmān b. Abū Shaybah And ʾIsḥāq b. Ibrāhīm Wa-al-Lafẓ Liʿuthmān > Isḥāq > ʿUthmān > Jarīr > al-Aʿmash > ʿUmārah b. ʿUmayr > al-Ḥārith b. Sūwayd

I went to see 'Abdullah to inquire about his health as he was sick and he narrated to us a hadith of Allahs Messenger ﷺ. He heard Messenger of Allah ﷺ as saying: Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His believing servant than a person who loses his riding beast carrying food and drink. He sleeps (being disappointed of its recovery) and then gets up and goes in search for that, until he is stricken with thirst. then comes back to the place where he had been before and goes to sleep completely exhausted placing his head upon his hands waiting for death. And when he gets up, lot there is before him his riding beast and his provisions of food and drink. Allah is more pleased with the repentance of His servant than the recovery of this riding beast along with the provisions (of food and drink).  

مسلم:٢٧٤٤aحَدَّثَنَا عُثْمَانُ بْنُ أَبِي شَيْبَةَ وَإِسْحَاقُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَاللَّفْظُ لِعُثْمَانَ قَالَ إِسْحَاقُ أَخْبَرَنَا وَقَالَ عُثْمَانُ حَدَّثَنَا جَرِيرٌ عَنِ الأَعْمَشِ عَنْ عُمَارَةَ بْنِ عُمَيْرٍ عَنِ الْحَارِثِ بْنِ سُوَيْدٍ قَالَ

دَخَلْتُ عَلَى عَبْدِ اللَّهِ أَعُودُهُ وَهُوَ مَرِيضٌ فَحَدَّثَنَا بِحَدِيثَيْنِ حَدِيثًا عَنْ نَفْسِهِ وَحَدِيثًا عَنْ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ ﷺ قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ ﷺ يَقُولُ لَلَّهُ أَشَدُّ فَرَحًا بِتَوْبَةِ عَبْدِهِ الْمُؤْمِنِ مِنْ رَجُلٍ فِي أَرْضٍ دَوِيَّةٍ مَهْلَكَةٍ مَعَهُ رَاحِلَتُهُ عَلَيْهَا طَعَامُهُ وَشَرَابُهُ فَنَامَ فَاسْتَيْقَظَ وَقَدْ ذَهَبَتْ فَطَلَبَهَا حَتَّى أَدْرَكَهُ الْعَطَشُ ثُمَّ قَالَ أَرْجِعُ إِلَى مَكَانِي الَّذِي كُنْتُ فِيهِ فَأَنَامُ حَتَّى أَمُوتَ فَوَضَعَ رَأْسَهُ عَلَى سَاعِدِهِ لِيَمُوتَ فَاسْتَيْقَظَ وَعِنْدَهُ رَاحِلَتُهُ وَعَلَيْهَا زَادُهُ وَطَعَامُهُ وَشَرَابُهُ فَاللَّهُ أَشَدُّ فَرَحًا بِتَوْبَةِ الْعَبْدِ الْمُؤْمِنِ مِنْ هَذَا بِرَاحِلَتِهِ وَزَادِهِ  

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ahmad:3629Abū Muʿāwiyah > al-Aʿmash > Ibrāhīm al-Taymī > al-Ḥārith b. Sūwayd And al-Aʿmash > ʿUmārah > al-Aswad > ʿAbdullāh In al-Muʾmin Yará Dhunūbah

[Machine] Abdullah, verily a believer sees his sins as if they were a mountain about to fall upon him, fearing it would crush him. And indeed, a transgressor sees his sins as tiny flies that landed on his nose, and he says: "Is this how it is?" So he waved them off. The Messenger of Allah ﷺ said, "Indeed, Allah is more pleased with the repentance of one of you who goes out to a barren land and says: 'O Allah, I am returning to my place of deception in it, so let me die there.' He said, "Abu Mu'awiyah said, 'Abdullah narrated two narrations, one from himself and the other from the Messenger of Allah ﷺ . It is about a person who takes his means of destruction with him on his camel, such as his provision, food, drink, and whatever he may need. But it misleads him, so he goes out in search of it until death overtakes him. Then he says, 'Let me return to the place where I went astray in it and die there.' So, he returns, and his eyes grow sleepy, but he wakes up to find his means of destruction beside him, along with his provision, food, drink, and whatever he may need."  

أحمد:٣٦٢٩حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ حَدَّثَنَا الْأَعْمَشُ عَنْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ التَّيْمِيِّ عَنْ الْحَارِثِ بْنِ سُوَيْدٍ وَالْأَعْمَشُ عَنْ عُمَارَةَ عَنْ الْأَسْوَدِ قَالَا قَالَ

عَبْدُ اللهِ إِنَّ الْمُؤْمِنَ يَرَى ذُنُوبَهُ كَأَنَّهُ فِي أَصْلِ جَبَلٍ يَخَافُ أَنْ يَقَعَ عَلَيْهِ وَإِنَّ الْفَاجِرَ يَرَى ذُنُوبَهُ كَذُبَابٍ وَقَعَ عَلَى أَنْفِهِ فَقَالَ بِهِ هَكَذَا فَطَارَ قَالَ وَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللهِ ﷺ لَلَّهُ أَفْرَحُ بِتَوْبَةِ أَحَدِكُمْ مِنْ رَجُلٍ خَرَجَ بِأَرْضٍ دَوِّيَّةٍ ثُمَّ قَالَ أَبُو مُعَاوِيَةَ قَالَا حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ اللهِ حَدِيثَيْنِ أَحَدَهُمَا عَنْ نَفْسِهِ وَالْآخَرَ عَنْ رَسُولِ اللهِ ﷺ مَهْلَكَةٍ مَعَهُ رَاحِلَتُهُ عَلَيْهَا زَادُهُ وَطَعَامُهُ وَشَرَابُهُ وَمَا يُصْلِحُهُ فَأَضَلَّهَا فَخَرَجَ فِي طَلَبِهَا حَتَّى إِذَا أَدْرَكَهُ الْمَوْتُ قَالَ أَرْجِعُ إِلَى مَكَانِي الَّذِي أَضْلَلْتُهَا فِيهِ فَأَمُوتُ فِيهِ قَالَ فَرَجَعَ فَغَلَبَتْهُ عَيْنُهُ فَاسْتَيْقَظَ فَإِذَا رَاحِلَتُهُ عِنْدَ رَأْسِهِ عَلَيْهَا زَادُهُ وَطَعَامُهُ وَشَرَابُهُ وَمَا يُصْلِحُهُ  

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"لَلَّهُ أَفْرَحُ بِتَوْبَةِ العبد مِنْ رَجُلٍ نَزَلَ مَنْزِلًا وَبِهِ مَهْلَكَةٌ وَمَعَهُ رَاحِلَتُهُ عَلَيهَا طَعَامُهُ وَشَرَابُهُ، فَوَضَعَ رَأْسَهُ فَنَامَ نَوْمَةً فَاسْتَيقَظَ وَقَدْ ذَهَبَتْ رَاحِلَتُهُ فطلبها حَتَّى إِذَا

اشْتَدَّ عَلَيهِ الْحَرُّ وَالْعَطَشُ قَال: أَرْجِعُ إِلَى مَكَانِي الذي كنت فيه أنام حتى أموت، فَرَجَعَ فَنَامَ نَوْمَةً ثُمَّ رَفَعَ رَأْسَهُ فَإِذَا رَاحِلَتُهُ عِنْدَهُ عَلَيهَا زَادَهُ وَطَعَامُهُ وَشَرَابُهُ فَالله أَشَدُّ فَرَحًا بتَوْبَةِ الْعَبْدِ الْمُؤمِنِ مِن هَذَا بِرَاحِلَتِهِ وَزَادِهِ".  

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