Who Is Wise?

Peace, one and all…

In his beautiful book, Memorials of God’s Friends, Attar includes the following story involving Imam Ja’far al-Sadiq and Imam Abu Hanifah.

May the hearts of the lovers be opened.

It is related that Sadeq asked Abu Hanifah, ‘Who is wise?’

‘One who distinguishes between good and evil,’ Abu Hanifah said.

‘Even a beast can distinguish between those who beat it and those who feed it,’ Sadeq answered.

Abu Hanifah asked, ‘In your opinion, who is wise?’

‘One who distinguishes between two goods and two evils so he can choose the better of two goods and pick out of the lesser of two evils’.

Attar, Memorials of God’s Friends, trans. Paul Losensky

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