شَيْئانِ لايَعْرِفُ فَضْلَهُما إلاّ مَنْ فَقَدَهُما الشَّبابُ وَالْعافِيَةُ
Nobody knows the value of these two things until they are gone: youth and health.
ثَلاثٌ لا يَهْنَأُ لِصاحِبِهِنَّ عَيْشٌ : الحِقْدُ ، وَ الْحَسَدُ ، وَ سُوءُ الْخُلْق
Three traits you cannot live in happiness if you have them: hatred, envy and ill manners.
أبْغَضُ الخَلائِقِ إلَى اللّهِ المُغْتابُ
He who backbites is the most abhorred creature by Allah.
Backbiting is a sin and is mentioned in the Holy Quran in the following translated verse:
O you who have believed, avoid much [negative] assumption. Indeed, some assumption is sin. And do not spy or backbite each other. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his brother when dead? You would detest it.
التَّفَكُّرُ في آلاءِ اللّهِ نِعْمَ العِبادَةُ
Reflection on Allah’s favours is an excellent act of worship.
خَفِ اللّهَ يُؤمِنْكَ، وَ لا تأمَنْهُ فَيُعَذِّبَكَ
Fear Allah and he will make you safe, but if you do not fear him he will punish you.
Fearing Allah and avoiding sins is a cornerstone in the practice of Islam. In sermon 64 of Nahjul Balagha, Ali bin abi Talib said:
O creatures of Allah! Fear Allah and anticipate your death by good actions. Purchase everlasting joy by paying transitory things – pleasures of this world. Get ready for the journey, for you are being driven, and prepare yourselves for death, since it is hovering over you.
We discussed the importance of keeping hope in Allah in a previous post. Fear and hope should both be present in one’s heart:
Man’s psyche should contain a perfect balance of fear and hope.
Here is a good article about the same subject.