Ibn al Qayyim al Jawziyyah said:
"And there is due from the servant to Allaah, in every moment from his time, servitude which will advance him or bring him nearer to Allaah. So if he spends his time in servitude to Allaah, he will advance to his Lord and if he busies himself with desires, or relaxation or inactivity, he will lag behind. And the servant never ceases either to be moving forward or falling behind, and there is no stopping whilst on the path, ever. Allaah, the Exalted, said:
To any of you that chooses to go forward (by working righteous deeds), or to remain behind (by commiting sins). [Qur’an, Surah al-Muddathhir (74):37]. [Al-Fawaa’id (pp.187-188].
And he (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:
"And if he is not moving forward then he is remaining behind, by necessity. Therefore, the servant is always moving and does never stop (in one place). So either he moves higher or he falls lower, either he moves to the front or he goes to the back … it is but the steps or phases of a journey which lead, in the most rapid manner, to Paradise or to Hell-fire. Therefore (there is one who is) fast and slow, one who moves forward and one who remains behind and there is no one on the path who stands still, ever. They only differ with each other as to how quickly or slowly they move." [Madaarijus-Saalikeen (1/267)].
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