For the seekers of honor..


Abdullah ibn Mushabbib al-Qahtāni

Whoever seeks honor through other than Allah has actually sought it in a transient dominion and power that will soon go away.

Who could ever stand up to Allah and fight and overcome Him?!The people of Pharaoh sought honor in him:

{So they cast their ropes and their sticks, and said: “By the might of Pharaoh, it is we who will certainly win.”}

[Surat ash -Shu‘arā’: 44]

And what was the result?

{Then Moses cast his staff, and behold,it swallowed up all that they falsely showed.}

[Surat ash-Shu‘arā’: 5]

A lot of people seek honor with the disbelievers and the enemies of religion. Those people had not estimated Allah or known Him properly.Otherwise, they would have recognized the true little worth of those people to whom they show allegiance and  friendliness, for no matter how powerful they become or how many followers they may have, they are nothing compared to the might, power, and dominance of Allah.Allah Almighty has informed them that the honor and pleasure they seek cannot be reached except through Him. Indeed,they have become just like the hypocrites, whose outside differs from their inside.

{Give tidings to the hypocrites that there is for them a painful punishment.Those who take disbelievers as allies instead of the believers. Do they seek with them honor? But indeed, honor belongs to Allah entirely.}

[Surat an -Nisā’: 138-139]

Some seek honor with their own people and tribe. Ubayy ibn Ka‘b (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: “Two men bragged about their lineage during the Prophet’s lifetime. One of them said : ‘I am so-and-so, the son of so-and-so, the son of so-and-so. So, who are you, O you with no good mother?’

Thereupon, the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him) said:‘Two men bragged about their lineage at the time of  oses (peace be upon him). One of them said: “I am so-and-so, the son of so-and-so-till the ninth grandfather-So, who are you, O you with no good mother?” The other one said: “I am so-and-son, the son of so-and-so, the son of Islam.”

So, Allah revealed to Moses: 

“Withregard to these two men talking about their lineage, as for you who bragged about your affiliation to the nine grandfathers, you are in Hellfire; you are the tenth of them. And as for you who have bragged about your affiliation to two grandfathers, you are in Paradise; you are the third of them in  Paradise.’”.

[Narrated by Ahmad; Sahīh (authentic)]

It was once said: “Let those who seek honor in their position consider what happened to Pharaoh; let those who seek honor in their  wealth consider what happened to Qārūn; and let those who seek honor in their lineage consider what happened to Abu Lahab. Indeed, honor lies in piety.”

Truthful was the one who said:“We are people whom Allah has honored by Islam. So, if we seek honor through something else, Allah will humiliate us.

The biggest cause of the humiliation of the Muslim Ummah today is that they do not seek honor through their Lord as they should.

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