Be content with what you have,Be satisfied with your dwelling place to accommodate your enterprise,Restrain your tongue,And shed tears of regret regarding past sins you committed knowingly, and those you do not recognize… ‘Abdullah Ibn Mas’ud
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‘Abdullah bin Mas’ud said: You recognise the Qur`an reader when he stays up worshipping at night while others remain asleep, and he observes voluntary fast during the day when others feast.
He is mostly heavy hearted, while others merrily celebrate the attractions of this passing world. He cries when others laugh, he is silent while others mix truth with falsehood, and he is humble and meek when others walk around exhibiting haughtiness disdain & arrogance.
In fact one who reads the Qur`an is contemplative and despondent; he is wise, forbearing, knowledgeable and mostly quiet. Such one is neither coarse nor slumberous and he is not boisterous, vociferous, or argumentative.”
[Hilyat al Awliyaa pg 110 #245]
Abdullah bin Mas’ud – “Taqwa is to obey Allah, so that He is not disobeyed, to remember Allah, so that He is not forgotten, and to thank Allah, so that no ingratitude is shown to Him”