Dear Lord … I seek refuge from the evil of my own self.
If you want to know what kind of heart you have — reflect on these three questions:
What makes you happy? What makes you sad? What makes you angry?
I reflected on what makes me happy, and I found that it was, being given. I saw that I am selfish. I reflected on what makes me sad, and I found that it was, being deprived. I saw that I am needy and dependent. I reflected on what makes me angry, and I found that it was, being insulted. I saw that I am arrogant. Astaghfir Allah.
Harithah Ibn Wahb Al-Khuzai tells how he heard the Prophet say,
“Have I not taught you how the inhabitants of Paradise will be all the humble and the weak, whose oaths God will accept when they swear to be faithful? Have I not taught you how the inhabitants of Hell will be all the cruel beings, strong of body and arrogant ?”
– Shams Al-Ghayeb