The Way to Pleasure, the Way to Pain

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim, may Allāh have mercy on him, said:

Allāh, be He glorified in His perfection, has sealed off the greatest pleasures with [a barrier of] various disagreeable [and detestable] things, and He made them a bridge that leads to [those pleasures], just as He sealed off the greatest agonies with lusts and pleasures and made them a bridge that leads to [those agonies].

Because of this, the people of sound understanding, all of them, have said that pleasures are not attained through pleasures, nor rest earned with rest.

Shifāʾ Al-ʿAlīl, p. 250, as quoted by Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī.

Source: @dr_albukhary

Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff