‘For the sake of Allah alone’ – or is it?

Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) said:

حكي أن أبا حامد الغزالي بلغه أن من أخلص لله أربعين يوما تفجرت ينابيع الحكمة من قلبه على لسانه

قال: فأخلصت أربعين يوما فلم يتفجر شيء فذكرت ذلك لبعض العارفين فقال لي: إنك إنما أخلصت للحكمة ولم تخلص لله تعالى

”…News reached Abu Hamid al-Ghazali that whoever proves sincere to Allah
for forty days, wisdom springs from his heart and is established upon his tongue.

He (al-Ghazali) said, ‘So I became sincere to
Allah for forty days but nothing happened so I mentioned this to a
righteous person and he said to me, ‘You were not sincere for the sake
of Allah, rather you were sincere for the sake of attaining wisdom.”

Ibn Taymiyyah then says:

وذلك لأن الإنسان قد يكون مقصوده نيل العلم والحكمة أو نيل المكاشفات
والتأثيرات أو نيل تعظيم الناس له ومدحهم إياه أو غير ذلك من المطالب وقد
عرف أن ذلك يحصل بالإخلاص لله وإرادة وجهه, فإذا قصد أن يطلب ذلك بالإخلاص
لله وإرادة وجهه كان متناقضا, لأن من أراد شيئا لغيره فالثاني هو المراد
المقصود بذاته, والأول يراد لكونه وسيلة إليه

فإذا قصد أن يخلص لله ليصير عالما أو عارفا أو ذا حكمة أو صاحب مكاشفات وتصرفات ونحو
ذلك, فهو هنا لم يرد الله بل جعل الله وسيلة له إلى ذلك المطلوب الأدنى

“And that is because a person’s intention becomes (solely) the attainment of
knowledge or wisdom, or to seek out hidden matters, or to gain
popularity with the people and gain their praise etc. He knows that he
can only achieve all that by being sincere to Allah and seeking His
Face. So if he seeks these things (praise, gaining knowledge etc) by
the token of sincerity to Allah and seeking His Face, then such a
person contradicts himself because whoever seeks something (e.g. being
sincere to Allah) for the sake of something else (e.g. gain understanding/knowledge), then the latter becomes his real goal and the first is just a means to that.

So if a person intends to be sincere to Allah so that he may become a
scholar, or pious, or one endowed with wisdom, or one who discovers
hidden realities etc, then such a person does not intend Allah, rather
he has made Allah a means for him to gain that inferior matter…”

[From the book درء تعارض المنقول مع صريح المعقول by Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah)]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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4 Responses to ‘For the sake of Allah alone’ – or is it?

  1. Assalaamu alaykum sis,
    Mashallah a beautiful (and demanding!) post, jazakillah khair for sharing.
    Barakallah feeki.

  2. Wa’alaykum assalaam wa rahmatullaahi wa barakaatuhu,

    Wa iyyaaki habeebaty :) yeah may all our intentions be for Allaah alone Ameen. Miss you dear, Hayakillaah.

  3. Aameen!
    Miss you too my dear sis. I was wondering did you receive my text messages, I sent 2 over the past few weeks?

    • I haven’t received any my phone was down for a week my 2 year old kid soak my phone with water and everything got wet i haven’t changed my sim card yet and I’m using another sim card, let me give you my new number and also give me ur number I’ll be the one to sms you insha’Allaah, see your mailbox :)

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