In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most MercifulPrevention is better than the cure
By Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-’Uthaymeen may Allah have mercy on him
The Shaykh mentions this point of benefit in his explanation of “Hilyatu Taalibil ‘ilm” under the chapter “The Etiquette of Companionship: Beware of the bad companion” on page 157. He was explaining the statement of Shaykh Bakr Abu Zayd:
“Just as hereditary disposition is hidden, ‘bad characteristics are (also) hidden;’ because character is transferable, and (first) impressions are major abductors of hearts, and people are like the flocks of birds, naturally disposed to imitating one another; so beware of associating with whosoever is to this liking; for it is indeed destruction, and ‘prevention is better than (the) cure'”.
These words are taken from the statement of the Messenger, peace and blessings be upon him,
إنما مثل الجليس الصالح وجليس السوء، كحامل المسك،…
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