Ibn ul Qayyim (rah.) said:
“Don’t ruin your happiness with worry, and don’t ruin your mind with pessimism. Don’t ruin your success with deception and don’t ruin the optimism of others by destroying it. Don’t ruin your day by looking back at yesterday
“Sins need to be burnt either with the pain of regret in this world or the fire of Hell in the hereafter.”
[Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim rah.]
Ibn al-Qayyim, may Allaah have mercy upon him, said:
The keys to the life of the heart lie in reflecting upon the Quran, being humble before Allah in secret, and leaving sins.
[Haadee al-Arwaah ilaa Bilaad al-Afraah (p.45) of Ibn al-Qayyim.]
# February – Being more humble
It’s hard to read this one without tears:
“Were it not that Allah treats His slaves with the remedy of trials and calamities, they would transgress and overstep the mark. When Allah wills good for His slaves, He gives him the medicine of calamities and trials according to his situation, so as to cure him from all fatal illnesses and diseases, until He purifies and cleanses him, and then makes him qualified for the most honorable position in this world, which is that of being a true slave of Allah (‘uboodiyyah), and for the greatest reward in the Hereafter, which is that of seeing Him and being close to Him.”
[ Ibn Qayyim al Jawzziyah (rah)]
If the heart is not pure or honourable enough, and distance from every evil and malice, then it is unworthy to love, know and aspire to Allah. On the contrary, the lowest description of man’s heart is that he loves and aspires to this worldly life instead to Allah, the Almighty.
When man’s love, knowledge and aspiration is directed in this worldly way, the heart becomes narrow and gloomy as it is distant from the source of its revival and life.
[AL-FAWA’ID A COLLECTION OF WISE SAYINGS Imam Ibn Al-Qayyim]