If It Is Not Self-Amazement, Then Beware of Love of Praise


Imaam Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said:

Beware of that which corrupts your deeds, for indeed Riyaa is what corrupts your deeds. And if it is not Riyaa, then it may be you being amazed with yourself until it makes you think that you are more virtuous than your brother. It may be that you have not achieved actions the likes of which he has achieved, and it may be that he has more apprehensive fear towards that which Allaah has forbidden and more righteous actions than you. And if it is not self-amazement, then beware of loving the praise of the people—loving their praise so that they may honour you due to your deeds and see you as someone of nobility and high status in their hearts, or due to a need you seek from them in many affairs; because you should wish for the home of the afterlife through your actions and not other than it. And remembering death a lot is enough as a means of having less concern for the things of the worldly life and a means to a fervent desire for the afterlife. A prolonged hope (for the things of this worldly life) is enough as a (means) to having little fear of (Allaah) and committing acts of disobedience; and the distress and regret on the Day of Judgment is enough for the one who knows but does not act.


[Hilyatul Awliyaa: 6/391|The Salafi Centre of Manchester]

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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