Abu Qilaba and the judgeship

Ayyub Al-Sakhtiyani said,

“Abu Qilaba was asked to become judge of AL-Basra, so he escaped to Syria and lived there for some time, then returned.

Ayyub said, “I said to him, ‘If you had assumed the judgeship and had been just, you would have received two rewards.’

He replied, ‘O Ayyub, if a swimmer falls into the sea, for how long might he possibly swim?’ ”

[Al-Iqd Al-Farid, vol. 1, page 39]