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.).

The Viral Sin

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

We used to narrate: Whoever faults his brother for a sin he has repented to Allāh from, Allāh will try him with that very sin.

Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, Al-Zuhd p342 (Al-ʿIlmīyah ed., 1983).

The Famous Fake

It is reported that Ibrāhīm b. Adham – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

A person has not been true to Allāh, the mighty and sublime, if he loves recognition (fame).

Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, Al-Zuhd article 2240.

Remembering Your Sins

It is reported that Masrūq – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

Everyone should have times when they sit alone, remember their sins, and thus seek [Allāh’s] forgiveness for them.

Aḥmad b. Ḥanbal, Al-Zuhd article 2038.

Benefiting from Happiness and Sadness

It is reported that ʿIkrimah – Allāh have mercy on him – said:

Everyone gets happy and gets sad, but you should turn your happiness into gratitude (to Allāh) and your sadness into patience (ṣabr).

Ibn Kathīr, Tafsir of Al-Ḥadīd: 23.