When AI-Mansur bin 'Am mar (RAH) once entered the court of 'Abdul-Malik bin Marwan, the latter said,
"O Mansur, I have a question for you, and I will give you respite for an entire year to answer it: who is the wisest of people, and who is the most ignorant of people?"
AI- Mansur left the castle and spent some time in contemplation in a nearby courtyard. Then the answer came to him, and so he quickly hurried back to 'Abdul-Malik. "O Mansur, why have you returned?" asked 'Abdul-Malik.
"The wisest of people, 0 leader of the believers, is the doer of good deeds who fears (not having his deeds accepted)," said AI-Mansur. "And the most ignorant of people is he who does good deeds and feels safe (in that his deeds will be accepted)." Upon hearing these words, 'Abdul-Malik began to cry until his garment became soaked in tears. He then said,
"You have done well O Mansur. Now recite a part of the Qur'an to me, for the Qur'an is a cure for what is in the breasts of men."
Mansur then recited this verse:
“ On the Day when every person will be confronted with all the good his has done, and all the evil he has done, he will wish that there were a great distance between him and his evil. And Allah warns you against Himself and Allah is full of kindness to (His) slaves.” (Q 3:30)
“ You have killed me, O Mansur,” said ‘Abdul-Malik.
“O Mansur, What does, ‘And Allah warns you against Himself,?”
“It means His Punishment,” said Mansur.
“And what is the meaning of ‘every person will be confronted with all the good he has done’?” asked ‘Abdul-Malik.
"It means that every person will be confronted on the Day of Resurrection by all his deeds, the largest of them and the tiniest of them. Allaah will not leave out or forget any of that."
'Abdul-Malik then continued to cry until, being overcome with fear, he fainted.
Stories of repentance
By: Mohammad Abduh Mughawiri.