The prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم said:
Three things lead to destruction, and three things lead to salvation, three things lead to the expiation of sins and three things which raise you in levels:
As for the three things that lead to destruction they are:
1.Stinginess which is obeyed.
2.(Sinful) desires which are followed.
3.And a person being amazed with himself (self admiration).
As for the three things which lead to salvation they are:
1.Being just when angry or pleased.
2.Being moderate when in poverty or in richness.
3.And having fear of Allaah in secret and in open.
And as for the things that lead to the sins being expiated they are:
1.To wait for the next prayer after having prayed the previous prayer.
2.Competing wudhoo during severe cold.
3.To walk to the congregational prayer.
And as for the things that will raise you in levels they are:
1.To feed the people.
2.To spread the greeting of salam.
3.And to pray at night whilst the people are asleep.
[Reported in Tabaraanee in al-Awsat, Saheehul Jaami’ no.3045]