They can lay no claim on giving benefit or harm, death or life, reward or punishment.
Ibraheem ibn Adham said:
"We live such a life (of amazing pleasure in the worship of Allah) that if the kings knew about it, they would fight us over it with swords."
Ibn Taymiyah said:
"Sometimes the heart is in such a state, that I say: if the people of Paradise experience this, then they indeed have a wonderful life."
He said on another occasion:
"The heart sometimes dances rapturously, from the happiness of remembering Allah and of feeling close to Him."
He also said upon entering prison, as the guards were closing the doors upon him:
(So at wall will be put up between them, with a gate therein. Inside it will be mercy and outside it will be torment.) (Quran 57: 13)
He said while he was in prison:
"What can my enemies do to me! My garden and my paradise are in my breast, wherever I go they are with me. If my enemies kill me, I become a martyr and if they banish me from my country, I go abroad as a tourist; and by imprisoning me, they allow me to have solitude (so that I can worship Allah).
A wise person once said:
"What has he found who has lost Allah, and what has he discovered who has found Allah? They can never be equal; the one who has found Allah has found everything and the one who has lost Him has lost everything."
Do not blindly feel grief; instead, make sure you know the value of the thing over which you feel sad.
The Prophet (Blessings and Peace be upon him) said:
"For me to say, 'How perfect is Allah, All praise is for Him, there is none worthy of worship except Him, and Allah is the greatest,' is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon."
Of rich people, their castles, houses, and wealth, one of our pious predecessors said:
"We eat and they eat. We drink and they drink. We see and they see. We will not be called to account and they will be held accountable (i.e. for their wealth, how it was acquired and how it was spent)."
In the words of a poet:
"The first night in the grave causes one to forget, the castles of Khosrau and the treasures of Caesar."
(And truly you have come unto us alone [without wealth, companions or anything else] as we created you the first time.) (Qur'an 6: 94)
The believers say:
QT his is what Allah and His Messenger [Muhammad] had promised us, and Allah and His Messenger had spoken the truth. (Qur'an 33: 22)
And the hypocrites say:
(Allah and his Messenger promised us nothing but delusions!)
(Quran 33: I2)
Your life is the product of your thoughts. The thoughts that you invest in will have an indelible effect upon your life, regardless of whether they are happy thoughts or miserable thoughts.
A poet said:
"Fear does not till my heart before the occurrence of that which is feared, And I don't become overly distressed if that event does occur."