Do not impose strictness on yourselves so that strictness will be imposed on you

The Messenger of Allah (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) used to say: Do not impose strictness on yourselves so that strictness will be imposed on you, for people have imposed strictness on themselves and Allah imposed strictness on them. Their survivors are to be found in cells and monasteries. (Then he quoted:) "Monasticism, they invented it; we did not prescribe it for them."

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