idleness is destructive, and most people who suffer
from worries and anxieties are the same people who are idle and inactive.
Rumors and gossip are the only dividends for those that are bankrupt of meaningful
and fruitful work.
Apply yourself to something and work hard at it. Read,
recite, and glorify your Lord with praises. Write, visit friends, and benefit from
your time. In short, do not give a single minute away to idleness. The day that
you do will be the day that anxieties and worries will find their way into your
life. Superstition and evil whispers will enter your mind, allowing you to
become a playground for the games of the devil.
Do not grieve over the person who forgets or denies
the favors you once gave to him, for your desire should be solely for the
reward of Allah.
Perform righteous deeds purely and sincerely for the
pleasure of Allah, and do not expect either congratulation or gratitude from
any person. Do not take it to heart if you confer a favor upon someone and he
then turns out to be ungrateful, showing no sign of appreciation for what you
have done. Seek your reward from Allah. Allah says of His righteous slaves:
(They seek Bounties prom Allah and His pleasure.)
(Qur'an 59: 8)
(Say: 'No reward do I ask of you for this) (Qur'an
25: 5 7)
(And have in his mind no favor from anyone for which a
reward is expected in return. (Qur'an 92: 19)
([Saying]: 'we feed you seeking Allah is Countenance
only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.) (Qur'an 76: 9)
So make your dealings with Allah alone, as He is the
One Who rewards people for good deeds. He gives and He bestows, or He punishes
and He takes to account, being pleased with those who do well and angry with
those who do evil.
Martyrs were killed in Qandahar, and 'Umar (may Allah
be pleased with him) asked the companions, "Who was killed?" They mentioned
some names to him, and then they said, "And people whom you do not
know." 'Umar's eyes filled with tears and he said,
"But Allah knows them."
A pious person fed the best and finest of food to a
blind man. His family said to him, "This blind man does not know what he
is eating (so give him something of lower quality)." He replied, "But
Since Allah knows your deeds, knows of the good you do
and the help you give to others remain carefree and untroubled about what
Grieve not when others blame and disparage you
(They will do you no harm, barring a tri/ling
(Qur'an 3: 111)
(And be not distressed because of what they plot) (Qur'an
(And harm them not. And put your trust in Allah) (Qur'an
(...but Allah cleared him [Moosa] of that which they
(Qur'an 33: 69)
An Arab poet said:
"The vast ocean feels no harm, When the boy
pitches into it a rock."
In a hadith that has a hasan grading, the Prophet
"Do not speak ill to me of my Companions, for
verily, I would love to leave you with a sound breast."