It was said to Abū Uthmān An-Naysabūrī : What from your actions is most valuable to you?
He said: I was in my youth and my family was striving hard to convince me to marry
but I refused. A woman came to me and said: 'O Abū Uthmān, indeed I am
infatuated with you. I ask you, by Allāh, to marry me.' So I went to her father,
who was poor, and he married her to me and he was very happy with that. When she
entered upon me I saw her and she was cross-eyed, cripple, and deformed.
Due to her love for me she would prevent me from going out so I would sit with her
to soothe her heart and I didn't display to her any aversion, yet it was as if I was
burning due to the aversion which I had for her. I remained like this for fifteen
years until she passed away.
There is none of my actions that I hope to preserve more than my (action of)
preservation of her heart.
Sayd Al-Khātir pg. 132
Translated by Raha ibn Donald Batts
Masjid Tawheed was-Sunnah in Durham, NC
Source: MTWS Posthaven
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