There is no aid other than [from] Allaah, and no guide other than the Messenger of Allaah, and no provision other than taqwa, and no act [to be undertaken] other than [to remain] patient upon it.
Obedience to Allaah
“O people! Being patient upon obedience to Allaah is easier than being patient at the punishment of Allaah.
Made istikhaarah for three years
Abu Ja’far at-Tabaree said: I made istikhaarah to Allaah for three years and asked him for assistance for that which I had made the intention to compile the tafseer before I began, and so he assisted me.
His love of reading
Once, the Shaykh ascended the [library] steps at al-Maktabah az-Zaahiriyyah (Damascus) to get a manuscript.