Regular Reading of the Quran

It is reported that ʿUthmān b. ʿAffān – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

I do not like it that a day or night comes upon me without me looking at the speech of Allāh, meaning reading from the muṣḥaf.

Imām Aḥmad, Al-Zuhd #675.

When the Scholar Talks, and When He is Silent

It is reported that Al-Fuḍayl b. ʿAyyāḍ – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

The true faqīh (scholar) is the one who the fear of Allāh makes talk and the fear of Allāh makes silent. If he speaks it is by the Book and the Sunnah, and if he is silent, it is by the Book and the Sunnah. And if something is confusing to him and unclear, he withholds judgement and refers it back to whoever knows about it.

Ibn Baṭṭah, Ibṭāl Al-Ḥiyal p18, 19.

Being Selective about Going Out

It is reported that Imām Mālik said to one of his companions:

Do not leave your house a lot, except for something that you must do. And do not sit in a gathering in which you do not benefit some knowledge.

Al-Qāḍī ʿAyyāḍ, Tartīb Al-Madārik 2:63

Four of the Worst of the Major Sins

ʿAbdullāh b. Masʿūd – Allāh be pleased with him – said:

The worst of the worst (major) sins are: to associate partners with Allāh, to lose hope of the aid of Allāh, to despair of the mercy of Allāh, and to feel safe from the plans of Allāh.

Al-Ṭabarī, Al-Tafsīr (Qurān 4: 31). Graded ṣaḥīḥ by Ibn Kathīr in his tafsīr of the same verse.

Evil Equality

It is reported that Al-Ḥasan Al-Baṣrī – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

People will remain upon good as long as they vary (some are more knowledgeable, righteous etc); when they become equal, that is when they are destroyed.

Al-Bayhaqī, Shuʿab Al-Īmān #8664 (Al-Rushd ed.).