Imaam Ibn AlQayyim in his infamous book Madaarij asSalikeen states:
كم من مستدرج بالنعم وهو لا يشعر،
مفتون بثناء الجهال عليه،
مغرور بقضاء الله حوائجه وستره عليه،
وأكثر الخلق عندهم أن هذه الثلاثة علامة السعادة والنجاح، وذلك مبلغهم من العلم.
“How many people are blinded by apparent blessings that are actually leading them to destruction?
How many people are deceived by the praises of the ignorant lavished upon them?
How many people are deluded by the facilitation of their worldly needs, and the way that Allah conceals their flaws?
Most people measure success and happiness by these three things. And that is due to their lack of understanding.”
Subhanallah! Wise eloquent words.
May Allah protect us from deception.
May Allah protect us from viewing our eases as God Almighty being entirely pleased with us and may Allah Almighty protect us from viewing our difficulties as a sign of Allah Almighty punishing us. May Allah bless us with obedience and make us a people that always have good hope in Him. Ameen…