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Following the Truth vs. Following your Desire

It is reported that 'Umar ibnu 'Abdil-'Azeez once said:

لا تكن ممن يتبع الحق إذا وافق هواه، ويخالفه إذا خالف هواه، فإذا أنت لا تثاب على ما وافقته من الحق، وتعاقب على ما تركته منه، لأنك إنما اتبعت هواك في الموضعين
Do not be of those who follow the truth only if it goes with their desire, but they reject it if it opposes their whims; for (by thus doing) you do not get rewarded for what you followed of the truth and will be punished for what you rejected of it since it was only your desire that you followed in both cases.*


* Reported by Ibn Abil-'Izz in his commentary on the last chapter of al-'Aqeedah at-Tahaawiyyah