In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.
Ahmad Bin Aasim Al-Antaakee – Abu Ali [rahimahullaa] was well known for his fine admonitions to the people. He was a man who kept away from the extra permissible things of the worldly life and was a devout worshipper. He has some good speech regarding abstinence and how to deal with the (feelings, desires and urges) of one’s heart. He narrated hadeeth from Abu Mu’aawiyah Ad-Dareer [rahimahullaah] and those at his level.
He said, “If you want to achieve rectification for your heart, then seek the aid of Allaah to protect your limbs”.
He said, “One of the bounties is that to rectify affairs during what is left in your lifespan so that you are forgiven what has already elapsed”.
He said, “Whoever knows Allaah more [i.e. truly knows Allaah’s Lordship and His Names and Attributes], then he will fear Allaah more than others”.
He said, “The best companion in your worldly life is the one who cut you off from the worldly life (excessive or sinful) engagement with the worldly life and connects you to the affairs of the Afterlife”. [Ref 1]
An Excerpt from Al-Bidaayah Wan-Nihaayah. Vol 10. Pages 318-319