Dirty Robe

Imam ibn al-Jawzi رحمه الله was once asked:

"Is it better for me to make Tasbeeh (praise Allah) or to make Istighfaar (seek forgiveness)?"

He replied:

"The dirty robe is more in need of soap than perfume"

source:Purifying the Heart

True Devotee

The most distinguished qualities of a true devotee of Allah are that he keeps his secret concealed, his self safe from sins and performs his duties towards Allah with full responsibility.
Hazrat Royam bin Mohammad

Value Ilm

“There are two ways of recognizing how to value and appreciate ‘ilm,

(1) Become a seeker of knowledge (taalibe ilm).

(2) Do not restrict this knowledge to knowing only.”
Mufti Mohammed Shafi (r.a.)

Beneficial Knowledge

Beneficial knowledge is [knowledge] that increases your fear of God Most High, improves your ability to discern the faults of your ego, makes you more cognizant of how to worship your Lord, reduces your desire for this world, increases your longing for the next world, and opens your spiritual insight to the disastrous defects of your actions so you can avoid them. It discloses to you the plots and delusions of the Devil and how he misleads the scholars who have gone astray until he exposes them to the hatred and anger of God Most High, for they have used religion to purchase this world, taken knowledge as a means to gain the wealth of sultans, to consume the wealth of religious endowments, the poor, and the needy, and turned their energies throughout the day to the acquisition of prestige and high standing in the hearts of people, which forces them to show off their good deeds, to argue, and to be quarrelsome and ostentatious when they speak.
Imam Ghazali, Bidayat al-Hidaya
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Mashwarah

Do not expose the secrets of people. Whomsoever makes mashwarah [consultation], then endeavour to advise them in accordance to your knowledge and experience. By doing so, the Qur’b [Proximity] of Allah Ta’ala is achieved.
Imam Abu Haneefah (r.a)

Implementing Knowledge

I have been in hard worship for 30 years, but I didn’t find anything more difficult than being practical about one’s knowledge.
Hazrat Abu Yazid Bustami

Weak memory

‘I complained to Imam Waqee’ of my weak memory; he advised me to abstain from sins; for, verily, knowledge is a nur from Allah; and this nur of Allah is not awarded to sinners.’
Imam Shafi’ee