Someone asked Hassan Al Basri: “What is the secret of your piety?”
He replied, “I understood 4 things:
1. I understood my rizq (sustenance) cannot be taken by anyone so my heart is content.
2. I understood no one can do my actions (worship) so I started doing them myself.
3. I understood Allaah Ta’ala is watching me, so I felt shame to do wrong.
4. I understood death is waiting for me so I started to prepare for my meeting with Allah Ta’ala.”