Ibn Mas’ood (radiyallaahu-anhu) said to his companions:

”You observe fasting; perform prayer and Jihaad more than the companions of Muhammad (sallal-laahu-alayhi-wasallam), whilst they were better than you.” They said: ”Why is that the case?” He said: ”They practiced more abstinence from the worldly life and they were more desirous of the hereafter.”

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[Jaami-ul Uloom Wal-Hikam: page: 318]