Since I understood four things…

March 13, 2008

Since I understood four things, I have discarded all other knowledge.

  1. First, that my daily sustenance has already been apportioned to me and will neither increase nor decrease by my futile efforts, so I strive to increase it no more.
  2. Second, I alone and no one else can atone for my sins, so I devote myself to the Lord.
  3. Third, I know that I will never be able to escape death, which is in our pursuit, so I have prepared myself to meet him.
  4. Fourth, I know that God is observing me; therefore I restrain from doing what I must not do.”

    Imam Haatim al-Asamm


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