A Scholar once asked his student:
You have accompanied me for a long period of time, so what have you learnt?
He replied : "Eight things"
The first: I looked at the creation and found that every person has
something that is beloved to him, but when that person reaches his
grave, his beloved would be separated from him. So I made the most
beloved thing to me my righteous deeds, so that they may be with me in my grave.
The second: I looked at the saying of Allah the Elevated:
…But as for him who feared standing before his Lord,and restrained
himself from impure evil desires and lusts.Verily, Paradise will be
his abode. [Quran 79:40-41]
So I strove against my self, repelling desires and lusts from it until
it settled upon obedience to Allah.
The Third: I saw that whoever possessed something valuable would keep
it in a safe and secure place, I then looked at the saying of Allah
Whatever is with you will come to an end, and whatever is with Allah
will remain. [Quran 16:96]
So whenever something of value came into my possession, I directed it to Him, so that it may remain for me with Him.
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