What a wonderful thing to know Him (I.e. Allaah)!
But how can one know Him and not love Him?
How can one hear the caller but fail to respond?
How can one know the profit that will be gained in dealing with Him but still prefer others?
How can one taste the bitterness of disobeying Him but still abstain from seeking the pleasure of obeying Him?
How can one feel the severity of engaging in trivial speech, but fail to open your heart with His remembrance?
How can one be tortured by being attached to others but not rush toward the bliss of turning to Him in repentance?
Perhaps it is most surprising to know that while you are in need of Him, you are still reluctant to move toward Him because you seek others.
Extract from Ibn Al-Qayyim’s Al Fawaaid