Reminder: Some Obstacles to well-being in this life and the next
Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) quotes Shaqeeq Ibn Ibraaheem (rahimahullaah):
The door of success and wellbeing are closed due to six things: Preoccupation with the blessings of (Allaah), whilst being unthankful; desire for knowledge, whilst abandoning action; rushing towards sin, whilst delaying repentance; being (given) prestige in accompanying the righteous people, whilst not following their deeds; the worldly life elapses, whilst they (i.e. the people) run after it and the afterlife is approaching them, whilst they turn away from it.
I (i.e. Ibnul Qayyim) say: The basis of this is due to not having a fervent desire and fear, weakness in one’s certainty, being short-sighted, humiliation, the lowliness of the soul and exchanging that which is better for that which is lower; otherwise, if the soul were noble and exalted, it would not have been pleased with something lower.
[Al-Fawaa-id: page: 255. abridged and slightly paraphrased]