“The Prophet (SAWS) combined fear of Allah (SWT) and good character because fear of Allah (SWT) rectifies between the servant and his Lord, and good character rectifies between the servant and His creation. So fear of Allah (SWT) brings about love of Allah (SWT) for him , and good character calls the people to love him”
Be on your guard against committing oppression, for oppression is darkness on the Day of Resurrection. Be on your guard against being stingy, for being stingy is what destroyed those who were before you. It made them shed blood and make lawful what was unlawful for them.
Ahmed Ibn Harb said: “I worshipped Allah (SWT) for fifty years, but tasted the delight of worship only after I abandoned three things: I discarded seeking people’s pleasure, and thus I was able to speak the truth. I abandoned associating with the wicked, and thus I tasted the delight of accompanying the righteous. I ignored the delight of this world, and thus I tasted the delight of the Hereafter.”
The Heart, in its journey to Allah (SWT) is like that of a bird: Love is its head, and fear and hope are its two wings. When the head and two wings are sound, the bird flies gracefully; if the head is severed, the bird dies; if the bird loses one of its wings, it then becomes a target for every hunter or predator.
. His referring to “noble ways” (or noble character) is a recognition of that there is nobility, virtue, and good in people, customs, cultures, & societies. Islam comes to build upon and fulfill human, social, & spiritual potential, not to negate & destroy.
Were people to have pause for thought, they would realize that the Hereafter is the future that every sane person should prepare for by doing good deeds; that is to make this worldly life a paved passage to it. Moreover, he should turn his entire endeavor in life to be seeds of which he expects no fruition in this life, but waits for its reward from Allah (SWT) in the Hereafter.
The intelligent person’s tongue is behind his heart: when he wants to speak, he first thinks. If [his words] will be in his favor, he says them, and if they will be against him, he does not speak. The ignorant person’s heart is behind his tongue; when he merely thinks of saying something, he says it, whether it is for or against him.
Al-Hasan Al-Basri Rahmathullahi ‘alaihi [Al-Mujâlasah wa Jawâhir Al-’Ilm 2049]