Prevention is better than the cure -Shaykh ibn al-’Uthaymeen

Trying to Follow the Salaf

In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful

Prevention 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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