Whenever Fudayl ibn Bazwaan (May Allah shower him with Mercy) would be told: So-and-so is speaking ill of you, he would say:

By Allah, I shall irritate the one who ordered him to do so (i.e. meaning Iblees)!

Then he would say: ‘O Allah if he (the person speaking ill of me) was truthful [in what he said], then forgive me, and if he was lying, then forgive him’ [1, 2].


[1] In another narration he would say: ‘O Allah, forgive me and my brother’

[2] Al-Tarbiya ‘ala Manhaj Ahl Al-Sunnah wa Al-Jamaa’ah p. 131; Ihyaa Uloom Al-Deen 3/314; Mukhtasar Sifat Al-Safwah 1/204

جاء رجل إلى فضيل بن بزوان فقال: إن فلانا يقع فيك فقال: لأغيظن من أمره! يغفر الله لي وله. قيل له: من أمره؟ قال: الشيطان