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Al-Hasan Al-Basri – may Allah have mercy on him – said:

Faith is not by embellishment or wishful thinking, but it is what settles in the heart and is verified through your actions. Whoever says good but does not do good will have his words compared to his deeds by Allah. Whoever says good and does good will have his words raised by his deeds. This is because Allah ‘Azza wa Jall said:

To Him ascends the good word, and the righteous deed raises it. [Surat Faatir: 10]”

– Ibn Battah in Al-Ibaanah Al-Kubraa 3/120, and Al-Khateeb Al-Baghdaadi in Iqtidaa’ Al-‘Ilm Al-‘Amal #56.

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