How thoughts become habits May 5, 2007Posted by Rasheed Eldin in Islam.
“Ward off passing thoughts, for if you do not, they will become ideas.
Ward off ideas, for if you do not, they will become desires.
Fight the desires, for if you do not, they will become intentions.
If you do not resist them, they will become actions.
If you do not repel them with their opposites, they will become habits,
and it will be difficult to get rid of them.”
From Al-Fawâ’id of Imam Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah
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