Imam Ahmad said:

This Worldly Life is an illness, and the Sultan is an illness, and the Scholar is a doctor. So if you see the doctor dragging the illness towards himself, then beware of him [1].

Reference:

[1] Manaqib al-Imam Ahmad, p.207

قال الإمام أحمد: الدنيا داء, والسلطان داء, والعالم طبيب. فإذا رأيت الطبيب يجر الداء إلى نفسه فاحذره.ـ

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