Ibn Mas’ood [radiyallaahu-anhu] said to his companions:

”You observe fasting, perform prayer and Jihaad more than the companions of Muhammad [sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam], whilst they were better than you.” They said, ‘’Why is that the case?’ He said, ‘’They practiced more abstinence from the worldly life and were more desirous of the hereafter.”

[Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 318]

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