Yahya on Hereafter: Seek the Hereafter only and you will acquire the world

Ibn Al-Jawzi reported: Yahya ibn Mu’adh, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “O son of Adam, you seek the world as one seeks what he must have, and you seek the Hereafter as one who has no need of it. The world will suffice you as long as you do not seek it, yet by seeking the Hereafter you will acquire it. Thus, understand your affair.”

Source: Ṣifat al-Ṣafwah 2/294

عن ابن الجوزي قال يحيى بن معاذ رحمه الله يَا ابْنَ آدَمَ طَلَبْتَ الدُّنْيَا طَلَبَ مَنْ لا بُدَّ لَهُ مِنْهَا وَطَلَبْتَ الآخِرَةَ طَلَبَ مَنْ لا حَاجَةَ لَهُ إِلَيْهَا وَالدُّنْيَا قَدْ كُفِيتَهَا وَإِنْ لَمْ تَطْلُبْهَا وَالآخِرَةُ بِالطَّلَبِ مِنْكَ تَنَالُهَا فَاعْقِلْ شَأْنَكَ

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