You were once in the womb, unmentioned and unknown.

Imam Ṭabari: “You were once in the womb, unmentioned and unknown. And again you will be forgotten, unknown and unmentioned.” ● [جامع البيان عن تأويل آي القرآن]


Seeing your own flaws.

“If Allah wants well for a slave, He strips away from his heart the ability to see his own good deeds and speaking about them with his tongue, and preoccupies him with seeing his own sin, and it continues to remain in front of his eyes until he enters Jannah.”

– Ibn al-Qayyim (rahimahullah)

[Tareeq Al-Hijratain, 1/168-169]


“The condition of the one who relies on Allaah , “has Tawakkul” is like the condition of the one who is given a dirham by a king, then it gets stolen from him; so the king says to him: ‘I have many times as much as that, so don’t worry. When you come to me, I will give you from my treasures much more than that.’ Thus if (this person) knows the truthfulness of the king’s statement, and trusts him, and knows that his treasures are full of that, then what he missed will not make him sad.”

– Ibnul Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah (rahimahullah)

[Madaarij us-Saalikeen, Tawakkul; Vol.1, pg.527]

He (rahimahullah) further explained reliance (Tawakkul) of the one who relies upon Allah stating:

The essence of tawaakul relying upon Allah is not complete without resorting to the means which Allah has set out in order for us to achieve results both according to His decree (qadr) and His laws. Not using these means is contrary to tawakkul: it goes against and undermines the command and wisdom of Allah , although the one who neglects the means may think that this makes his tawakkul stronger. Ignoring the means is a sign of helplessness that goes against the true essence of tawakkul, which is that the heart relies on Allah to bring the slave whatever will benefit him in this world and the next, and to protect him from whatever may harm him in this world and the next. But along with this reliance, it is essential to take the appropriate means, otherwise he will be going against the wisdom and command of Allah . Helplessness should not be taken as a sign of tawaakul, nor should tawakkul make a person helpless.

[Zaad Al-MaAad, 4/15. See Al-MawsooAh Al-Fiqhiyyah, 11/116

Upon what do you build your trust in Allah?

Adh-Dhahabi reported: It was said to Hatim Al-Asm.

“Upon what do you build your trust in Allah?” Hatim said, “It is upon four traits.

I know that my provision will not be consumed by another besides me, so I am content with myself.

I know that my good deeds will not be performed by another besides me, so I keep myself busy with them.

I know that my death will be unexpected, so I prepare for it.

I know that I am not hidden from the eyes of Allah, so I am shy to sin before him.”

Source: Siyar A’lam An-Nubula 11/485

From the tricks of Satan.

When it was said to Hasan Al Basri (Rahimahullah),
“Shouldn’t one of us feel too shy before his Lord to ask for forgiveness of his sins then do them again, then ask for forgiveness then do them again?”

He said: “The Shaytan would love to gain victory over you in this manner. Do not ever get bored of asking for forgiveness.”

[Ibn Rajab, Jami Al-Ulum al-Hikam, 1/165]

Imitating others.

Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said in Iqtida’ as-Siraat al-Mustaqeem (1/548):

Imitating others and being like them in outward appearance and behaviour leads to imitating them and being like them in one’s heart and mind, by way of gradual, hidden influence. We have seen that the Jews and Christians who mix with the Muslims are milder in terms of disbelief than others, just as we have seen that Muslims who mix a great deal with the Jews and Christians are weaker in terms of faith than others. End quote.

قال شيخ الإسلام ابن تيمية في اقتضاء الصراط المستقيم (1/548) : “فالمشابهة والمشاكلة في الأمور الظاهرة ، توجب مشابهة ومشاكلة في الأمور الباطنة على وجه المسارقة والتدريج الخفي ، وقد رأينا اليهود والنصارى الذين عاشروا المسلمين ، هم أقل كفراً من غيرهم ، كما رأينا المسلمين الذين أكثروا من معاشرة اليهود والنصارى ، هم أقل إيماناً من غيرهم”