Shaykh Abdul Aziz Al-Tarefe:

The nafs may relish evil until it depicts it as being good. So what is correct is not necessarily what the nafs desires, but rather what is affirmed by evidence even if you dislike it:

{ وَإِنَّهُمْ لَيَصُدُّونَهُمْ عَنِ السَّبِيلِ وَيَحْسَبُونَ أَنَّهُم مُّهْتَدُونَ }
“And indeed, they [the devils] avert them from the path [of guidance] while they think that they are rightly guided.” [Al-Zukhruf 43:37]

النفس قد تستسيغ الشر حتى تظنّه الخير، فالصواب ليس ما تهواه النفس بل ما ثبت بالدليل ولو كرهته (وإنهم ليصدونهم عن السبيل ويحسبون أنهم مهتدون)

The ten days of Dhul Hijjah start tomorrow, this is a short reminder of the benefits of these blessed days:

Ibn ‘Abbaas (may Allaah be pleased with him and his father) reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “There are no days in which righteous deeds are more beloved to Allaah than these ten days.” The people asked, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah?” He said, “Not even jihaad for the sake of Allaah, except in the case of a man who went out to fight giving himself and his wealth up for the cause, and came back with nothing.” (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 2/457).

Allaah swears an oath by them, and swearing an oath by something is indicative of its importance and great benefit. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “By the dawn; by the ten nights” [al-Fajr 89:1-2].

Fasting is recommended in 9 days:

Fasting is one of the best of deeds. Almighty Allah says, “All the deeds of the son of Adam are for him, except fasting, which is for Me and I shall reward for it.

Increase in any act of worship such as reading Quran, making Dhikr, praying at night and giving charity & In Sha Allah you will be rewarded:

"So whosoever does good equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it,

And whosoever does evil equal to the weight of an atom, shall see it.”

[al-Zalzalah 99:7-8]

There is much to be gained, so make the most of the opportunity afforded by these invaluable and irreplaceable ten days. Hasten to do good works, before death strikes, before one can regret one’s negligence and failure to act, before one is asked to return to a place where no prayers will be answered, before death intervenes between the hopeful one and the things he hopes for, before you are trapped with your deeds in the grave.

O you whose hard heart is as dark as the night, is it not time that your heart was filled with light and became soft? Expose yourself to the gentle breeze of your Lord’s mercy during these ten days, for Allaah will cause this breeze to touch whomever He wills, and whoever is touched by it will be happy on the Day of Judgement. May Allaah bless our Prophet Muhammad and all his Family and Companions.

Private sins

"The sins that you do in private kills the heart more than the sins that you do in public, because it means that you value the eyes of the people more than you value the sight of Allah. You are more worried about people catching you sinning than Allah seeing you."

-Ibn Qudamah

Imam Abd al-Rahman al-Awza’i:

“It used to be said that there were five things that the companions of Muhammad (ﷺ) and those who followed them in goodness were upon:

(1) sticking to the Jamaa’ah
(2) following the Sunnah
(3) maintaining the Masjids
(4) reciting the Qur’an
(5) making jihaad in Allah’s cause.”

(Hilyah, 8/142)