Abu Bakr Al-Marwazi said: I entered upon Imam Ahmad one day and asked him: ”How is your morning?”

How is the morning of one whose Lord requests from him to fulfill the obligations,

And his Prophet requests from him to fulfill the Sunnah,

And the two Angels request from him to correct his actions,

And his nafs (inner self) requests from him to follow her whims,

And Iblees requests from him to commit evil,

And the Angel of death is watchful to take his Soul,

And his dependents request from him to spend on them? [1]

Reference:

[1] Manaaqib Al-Imam Ahmad, p. 284

قال أبو بكر المروذي: دخلت على أحمد يوما, فقلت: كيف أصبحت؟ قال :كيف أصبح من ربه يطالبه بأداء الفرائض، ونبيه يطالبه بأداء السنة، والملكان يطلبانه بتصحيح العمل، ونفسه تطالبه بهواها، وإبليس يطالبه بالفحشاء، وملك الموت يراقب قبض روحه، وعياله يطالبونه بالنفقة؟

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