Practice what you preach

The Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said:

A man will be brought on the Day of Resurrection and cast into hell, and his intestines will pour forth in hell and he will go round in them as an ass goes round with its millstone. The inhabitants of hell will gather round him and say, ‘What has happened to you, so and so? Were you not enjoining us to do what was reputable and forbidding us to do what was disreputable?’ He will reply, ‘I was enjoining you to do what was reputable, but was not doing it myself; and I was forbidding you to do what was disreputable, but was doing it myself.’ [Bukhari and Muslim]

Al-Shu’bi said, “A people from Paradise will look at a people from Hell-Fire, and will say: ‘What made you enter Hell-Fire? We have entered Jannah by the grace of your teaching and discipline’ They said, ‘We used to command good but we did not act on it’. [Ibn Al-Mubarak’s ‘Al-Zuhd’]

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