In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Ibn Sadi (rahimahullaah) said:

The one whose aim in his supplication is to seek nearness to Allaah as well as obtain what he asks for, then indeed he has perfected a lot of (affairs) contrary to the one who only seeks after what he asks for, and such is the case with the majority of the people. Indeed this is a deficiency and a loss (for a person) in this tremendous virtue. So with regards to the likes of this affair, then let all the competitors (i.e. for good deeds and perfection in Iman) compete. This is from the fruits of beneficial knowledge, for indeed ignorance prevents many of the creation from lofty goals and the beautiful pathways (to success in this life and the next). [Al-Fataawaa As-Sadiyyah page 43]