The People of Hadeeth believe and testify that no one is entitled to Paradise, even if he had performed good deeds and his worship was the most sincere, or his obedience was the purest obedience and his way was a pleasing one, unless Allaah favors him, thereby granting it to him through His Blessings and Graciousness the good deeds which the person performed was not made easy for him except by the facilitation of Allaah – Mighty is His Name.
So if He had not facilitated it for him, the person would not have been able to accomplish this deed and (similarly) if He did not guide him to it he would have never have accomplished it out of his own effort and exhortation. Allaah ‘Azza wa Jall says (translated to mean);
"And had it not been for the Grace of Allaah and His Mercy on you, not one of you would ever have been pure from sins. But Allaah purifies (guides to Islaam) whom He wills, and Allâh is All-Hearer, All-Knower."
"…and they will say: "All the praises and thanks be to Allaah, Who has guided us to this, never could we have found guidance, were it not that Allaah had guided us!"
The Creed of the Pious Predecessors – The People of Hadeeth
Imaam As Saaboonee – rahimahullaah
Chapter 26 Point 131 – You will not Enter Paradise by Your Deeds Alone
Eng. Trans. Pages 96 – 97