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Ibn ʿAbbās said, “The trial-way by God is that when they increased in unbelief and sin, He increased their blessings until He pulled them into total recklessness. They brought immense unbelief and applied their heads to rebellion and misguidance. Then He took them little by little from whence they did not know.”

It has come in the traditions that someone tormented Abū Dardā. Abū Dardā said, “Lord God, bestow upon him a healthy body, long life, and great wealth!” An intelligent man who ponders these words will know that this is the worst of supplications. When anyone is given this, recklessness and heedlessness will make him heedless of the next world so that he will be destroyed.

3:60 The truth is from thy Lord, so be not among the doubters.

“O Muḥammad, take care not to suppose that I have associates and partners in the power of existence-giving. I do not need or require anyone in that. No one besides Me has the power of existence-giving and devising.”

A man once whispered prayer, “O Lord, the one who does the work is the one who can, and the one who bestows is the one who has. What do I have and what can I do? Who has the ability like Your ability? In praising You who has a tongue? Without Your love, who has the joy of spirit?”

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