I came from my country (Shinqeet [Mauritania]) and with me is a treasure that is very seldom found in the possession of anyone, and it is contentment, and if I wanted high status, I would have known the way to achieve it, but I chose not to exchange this worldly life for the hereafter, and I do not give my knowledge to attain worldly desires.
The hearts of the righteous are concerned about how their life will end, and they always wonder: how will our end be?
Prophet Jesus (peace be upon him) saw worldly life in the form of a toothless old woman adorned with all kinds of adornments, who married uncountable men and killed all of them.
I have not looked with my eyes, nor pronounced with my tongue, nor beaten with my hand, nor risen to my feet until I see whether it is for obedience or disobedience. If it is out of obedience, then I proceed, and if for disobedience, I hold back.
Just as the cause of a disease in the body cannot be treated except with its anti-medication – if it is caused by heat, its medication is to be with cold and vice versa – also ill morals, which are caused by diseases of the heart, are to treated with their opposites; so ignorance is to be treated with knowledge, Stinginess with generosity, pride with humility, and greed with avoiding the desired object.
Some of the Salaf would display sadness on the day of Eid. It was said to them: This is a day of happiness and joy! They would respond: You have spoken the truth, but I am a servant, my Lord has ordered me to perform an action but I am not sure if He will accept it from me or not.