Seeking to Please The People Instead of Allāh Destroys People

Ibn Qudāmah Al-Maqdasī رحمه الله stated:

“Know, that most of the people are only destroyed due to their fear of the blame of the people and loving to be praised by them. As a result, all of their movements become in agreement with that which pleases the people hoping for their praise and fearing their blame. That is from the things which destroy (a person), therefore, it is obligatory to remedy it.”

[Mukhtasir Minhāj Al-Qāsidīn Pg.212]

قال ابن قدامة المقدسي رحمه الله

واعلم: أن أكثر الناس إنما هلكوا لخوف مذمة الناس، وحب مدحهم فصارت حركاتهم كلها على ما يوافق رضى الناس، رجاء المدح وخوفاً من الذم، وذلك من المهلكات فوجبت معالجه

[ مختصر منهاج القاصدين ص. ٢١٢ ]