Hassan Al-Basree (rahimahullaah) was asked:

“O Abu Sa’eed! What should we do? We sit with people who bring fear to our hearts, so much so, that our hearts would almost fly away in fright.”

He answered them by saying, “By Allaah! It is better for you to associate with those who bring fear to you, so that you may gain safety, than to associate with people who make you feel safe, for you might earn fear in this case.”

Al-Hasan, may Allaah have mercy on him, said:

‘When you stand in prayer, stand in due obedience as Allaah has ordered you, beware of negligence and looking (here and there), beware that Allaah be looking at you while you are looking at something else, asking Allaah for Paradise and taking refuge with Him from the Fire, yet your heart is heedless, not knowing what the tongue is saying.’

The Humility in Prayer, Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbalee

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