Imam Ibn Hibbaan رحمه الله said: None behaves haughtily unless he becomes self-amazed and considers himself more virtuous than the other. Imam Shafi’i رحمه الله said, ”If self-amazement is concealed within your deeds, then recall the one whose pleasure you are seeking, which blessings you desire and which outcome you fear. The one who ponders upon this, his actions will become small in his presence.” Imam Ibn Sad, رحمه الله mentions in alTabaqaat about Imam 'Umar ibn 'Abdu alAziz, رحمه الله that: Whenever he delivered a khutbah on the mimbar, and feared being amazed by himself; he would terminate it (i.e. the khutbah) And whenever he wrote a letter and feared amazement by way of it; he would tear it. And he would say: ”O Allaah! I seek refuge in you from the evil of my nafs.’‘ Imam alFudayl ibn Iyad, رحمه الله, said: ”O miserable one! You are disobedient yet you see yourself as a good-doer; you are ignorant yet you see yourself as a scholar; you are miserly yet you see yourself as a generous person; you are an idiot yet you see yourself as a sensible person, and your lifespan is short yet your hopes are prolonged” Imam alDhahabi, رحمه الله said, ”I swear by Allaah, (Fudayl) spoke the truth! You (O miserable one) are an oppressor yet you see yourself as one who is oppressed; you eat haraam yet you see yourself as one who fears (Allaah); you are a rebellious evil person yet you see yourself as someone who is just; you seek knowledge for the sake of the worldly things yet you see yourself as one who seeks it for the sake of Allaah”.  Imam Ka’b Al-Ahbar, رحمه الله said to a man who came to him, seeking after Hadeeth, ”If your knowledge filled what is between the heavens and the earth, whilst (you are afflicted with) Self-Amazement, it will not increase you except in lowliness and deficiency”. Imam Ibrahim Ibn Adham, رحمه الله, said, "The highest level of loving Allah (a: Azza wa Jall) is to cut yourself off from everything that will distance you from Him, all for the sake of your Lord, to seek intimacy with Him with your heart, intellect and the rest of your limbs. Make your love of Him firm in your heart so that you give nothing precedence over it. If you are fortunate enough to reach this point, then it won’t matter to you if you were on land or at sea or in ease or difficulty!"  ***  Rawda al Uqala  alFawaid  Siyar A’lam alNubulaa:  alFawaid  Siyar A’lam alNubulaa  Hilyat alAwliyaa  al-Qa’idat Fi al-Mahabbah.