March 28, 2018 § Leave a comment
Haatim al-Asamm said, “Don’t be deceived by a virtuous place, for there is no place more virtuous than Paradise and yet Aadam faced what he faced there.
And don’t be deceived by an abundance of worship because Iblees met what he met with after lengthy worship.
And don’t be deceived by a wealth of knowledge because Bul’aam Ibn Ba’ura faced what he faced even though he knew Allaah’s Greatest Name [al-Ism al-A’dham].
And don’t be deceived by meeting the righteous or seeing them for there was no one more righteous than the Prophet ﷺ yet his enemies or the hypocrites didn’t benefit from meeting him.”
Madaarijus-Saalikeen, vol. 1, p. 510.
March 26, 2018 § Leave a comment
Shaikh ’Uthaimeen, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “When you do something [good] don’t be amazed at it and say, ‘Now I’m safe from the Fire and deserve Paradise,’ because Allaah said, ‘… those expect the Mercy of Allaah …’ [2:218] so they do these important actions yet despite that their hearts are full of hope, i.e., they rely on the strength of their hope in Allaah, not on their deeds. That is why Allaah, the Most High, said, ‘And they who give what they give while their hearts are fearful because they will be returning to their Lord,’ [23:60] i.e., fearful that it will not be accepted from them.”
Ahkaam minal-Qur’aanil-Kareem, vol. 2, p. 124.