Hasan on Fear: Believer are righteous by fear of Allah

Al-Dhahabi reported: Hasan al-Basri, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “The believer is the best of people in good deeds, but has the strongest apprehension. If he were to spend a mountain of his wealth in charity, he would not be sure of the reward until he sees it. He does not increase in piety and righteousness unless he increases in fear. The hypocrite says: There are many people, so I will be forgiven and I will not be harmed. Thus, he commits evil deeds yet still has hope in Allah.”

Source: Siyar A’lām al-Nubalā’ 4/586

عن الذهبي عَنِ الْحَسَنِ رحمه الله وَالْمُؤْمِنُ أَحْسَنُ النَّاسِ عَمَلًا وَأَشَدُّ النَّاسِ وَجَلًا فَلَوْ أَنْفَقَ جَبَلًا مِنْ مَالٍ مَا أَمِنَ دُونَ أَنْ يُعَايِنَ لَا يَزْدَادُ صَلَاحًا وَبِرًّا إِلَّا ازْدَادَ فَرَقًا وَالْمُنَافِقُ يَقُولُ سَوَادُ النَّاسِ كَثِيرٌ وَسَيُغْفَرُ لِي وَلَا بَأْسَ عَلَيَّ فَيُسِيءُ الْعَمَلَ وَيَتَمَنَّى عَلَى اللَّهِ

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