Al-Hasan al-Basree – rahimahullaah – said:
“Eemaan (faith) is not outer decoration, nor mere hope. Rather it is what settles in the heart and what is affirmed by actions. Whoever spoke good, but did not act righteously, then Allaah throws it back upon his saying. Whoever spoke good and acted righteously, Allaah raises up the actions.
This is because Allaah – the Most High – says:
‘To Him ascend all goodly words, and righteous actions raise it’.”
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