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Riyad as-Salihin / Book 1 / Hadith 680

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Riyad as-Salihin
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Abu Musa Ash'ari (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

I called on the Prophet (ﷺ) with two of my cousins. One of them said to him: "O Messenger of Allah (ﷺ), appoint me governor of some land over which Allah has given you authority." The other also requested for something of the same nature. Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, "By Allah we do not appoint someone to this post who seeks it or someone who contends for it." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

-عن أبى موسى الأشعري رضي الله عنه قال‏:‏ دخلت على النبى صلى الله عليه وسلم أنا ورجلان من بني عمي، فقال أحدهما‏:‏ يا رسول الله أمرنا على بعض ما ولاك الله، عز وجل، وقال الآخر مثل ذلك، فقال‏:‏ “إنا والله لا نولى هذا العمل أحدا سأله، أو أحدا حرص عليه” ‏(‏‏(‏متفق عليه‏)‏‏)‏ ‏.‏