One of the greatest deficiencies of the self is to be pleased with oneself and content with oneself. One of the righteous of the past said, someone who doesn’t accuse himself at all times, and doesn’t go against his desires, has been misled.
The one who looks at himself and his actions and is pleased and sees no room for improvement, then he has destroyed himself.
Every day is a fresh challenge to get closer to Allah. The day you think you’ve done enough or are doing enough is the day you have destroyed yourself. When can we ever do enough for Allah?!
Try to improve something everyday whether it’s how you talk to people, your concentration in salaah, praying Sunnah prayers and so on.
Make today better than yesterday!
Ibn Rajab (rh) mentions that a person holding themselves accountable is more beneficial than fasting during the day and praying at night.
Try to think about what you’ve done and what you can improve on a daily basis. Make tawbah for any shortcomings.
Ali (ra) said, whoevers exterior is given more effort than their interior, his scales will be light on the last Day and whoevers interior is given more effort than their exterior, will have heavy scales on the Last Day.
Meaning, a person needs to clean their heart as everyone has a past and remnants of it such as arrogance, pride, showing off, boasting and so on and these are from the greatest of sins!
Bakr bin Abdullah al Muzzani said, if you come across a person who knows other’s deficiencies and has forgotten his own, know that he is being plotted against.
Let us try our best to busy ourselves with our own faults and weaknesses whilst making excuses for others.
Ibn Rajab (rh) said that holding yourself accountable will help you more than fasting during the day and praying during the night!