The Six Mountain Peaks of Righteousness

Ibrahim ibn Adham rahmatullah alayh said to a man who was doing a tawaf:

“Know that you will not attain the rank of righteous until you have climbed six mountain peaks.

First, you must shut the door of pleasant life and open the door of hardship.

Second, you must shut the door of self glorification and open the door of humility.

Third, you must shut the door of quiet and open the door of self exertion.

Fourth, you must shut the door of sleep and open the door of vigil.

Fifth, you must shut the door of wealth and open the door of poverty.

Sixth, you must shut the door of hope and open the door of readiness for death.”