It is reported that Makḥūl – Allāh have mercy on him – said, “The people with the softest hearts are those who sin the least.”
Abū Nu’aym, Ḥilyah Al-Awliyā` Vol. 2 p344.
It is reported that ‘Awn b. ʿAbdillāh, the ascetic and jurist, said, “Sit with the repentant, for they have the softest hearts.”
Abū Nu’aym, Ḥilyah Al-Awliyā` Vol. 2 p192.