Layth on Zuhd: Whoever cares more about the world does not belong to Allah

Al-Ma’afi reported: Layth ibn Sulaim, may Allah have mercy on him, said, “A servant does not draw closer to the ruler but that he moves further away from Allah. A servant does not gather more wealth but that his reckoning will be more severe. He does not gather a following but that he will gather more devils to himself. Whoever awakens with his greatest concern something besides Allah does not belong to Allah. Whoever is not concerned with the affairs of the Muslims does not belong to them.”

Source: al-Zuhd lil-Ma’āfī 28

عن المعافى عَنْ لَيْثِ بْنِ أَبِي سُلَيْمٍ رحمه الله قَالَ مَا ازْدَادَ عَبْدٌ مِنِ السُّلْطَانِ قُرْبَانًا إِلَّا ازْدَادَ مِنَ اللَّهِ بُعْدًا وَلَا كَثُرَ مَالُ عَبْدٍ إِلَّا اشْتَدَّ حِسَابُهُ وَلَا كَثُرَ تَبِعُهُ إِلَّا كَثُرَتْ شَيَاطِينُهُ وَمَنْ أَصْبَحَ أَكْبَرُ هَمِّهِ غَيْرُ اللَّهِ فَلَيْسَ مِنَ اللَّهِ وَمَنْ لَمْ يَهْتَمَّ بِأَمْرِ الْمُسْلِمِينَ فَلَيْسَ مِنْهُمْ

28 الزهد للمعافى