Just Refrain

The Mother of the Believers ‘Aa’ishah bint Abi Bakr said,

أَقِلُّوا الذُّنُوبَ، فَإِنَّكُمْ لَنْ تَلْقَوُا اللَّهَ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ بِشَيْءٍ خَيْرٍ لَكُمْ مِنْ قِلَّةِ الذُّنُوبِ، فَمَنْ سَرَّهُ أَنْ يَسْبِقَ الدَّائِبَ الْمُجْتَهِدَ، فَلْيَكُفَّ نَفْسَهُ عَنْ كَثْرَةِ الذُّنُوبِ

Lessen your sins, for most definitely you will never meet Allah with anything better for you than having few sins. So whoever wants to surpass those who exert themselves in ‘ibaadah habitually, then let him stop himself from committing numerous sins.

[Sifaat al-Safwah of Imam Abu al-Faraj ibn al-Jawzi 1/319; also mentioned by Imam Ahmad ibn Hanbal in al-Zuhd, and Imam ‘Abdullah ibn Mubaarak in al-Zuhd wa al-Raqaa’iq]

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