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“Your wealth and your children are only a trial, whereas Allaah! With Him is a great reward (Paradise)”
Choosing righteous companions
Strive to choose righteous friends who are religiously-committed, trustworthy and of good character, who are
sincere towards Allaah and are preoccupied with seeking knowledge and are of a good nature, who can help
you in achieving your aim and encourage you to do good deeds.
Beware of the bad companion, for he may influence you and people are like birds, they will resemble one
another [i.e., “birds of a feather flock together”]. So beware of mixing with people like that, for that is a
sickness, and prevention is better than cure.
Temptation to show off
Riya’ (showing off) renders good deeds void and unacceptable, turning them into sins and making the person
who has this riya’ liable for Hellfire. An act of worship intended for other than Allah will bear witness against
the person on the Day of Judgment and he will be subject to punishment for this very deed.
The Prophet sallallahu alaihe wassalam said, “Whoever shows off, Allaah will expose him.”
Ibn Hajar said: al-Khattaabi said, this means: whoever does something that is not sincerely for the sake of
Allaah, merely wanting people to see him and hear him, will be punished for that – Allaah will expose him and
make known what he is concealing.
It was said that whoever does something with the intention of gaining status and prestige among people, and
does not seek the Face of Allaah by doing it, Allaah will make him the subject of bad speech among the people
in whose eyes he wanted to gain status, and he will have no reward for it in the Hereafter.
Control your anger
The Messenger of Allah sallallahu alaihe wasslam said, "Whoever controls his anger at the time when he has
the means to act upon it, Allaah will fill his heart with contentment on the Day of Resurrection."
al-Taghaabun 64:15
Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 6134; Muslim; 2986
Fath al-Baari, 11/336
Reported by al-Tabaraani, 12/453