Therefore, burnish the mirror of the heart, so that the light of Divine magnificence may be reflected in it, and may make you forget this world and everything in it, and your heart is kindled with the fire of His love, so that all other attachments and associations may be dissolved in such a manner that you do not spurn a single moment for the sake of the worldly things; and you derive such a pleasure from His remembrance that all the animal pleasures may appear to you a gimmick. إِنَّهُ مَنْ عَمِلَ لِلنَّاسِ كَانَ ثَوَابُهُ عَلَى النَّاسِ، وَمَنْ عَمِلَ للهِ كَانَ ثَوابُهُ عَلَى اللهِ. For example test* would result in … I am trying to find mention of the hadith about the black ant and am having a hard time tracking it down. Any disobedience, polytheism and two-facedness on our part will not cause any harm to His Empire, but as He is (أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِينَ) —the Most Merciful of the merciful—, His boundless mercy and compassion, and His perfect wisdom require of us the pursuance of the right path, and for this purpose He made clear the difference between good and evil, beautiful and ugly to us and warned us of the perils and hazards to be met on the road of human perfection and the path of true felicity. Ask Him to endow you with the vision of the hidden, the perception of the unity (in diversity)-the Unity of Divine Being, so that you may not attach importance to anything else and consider every other thing as insignificant and trifle. But those who fully understand this issue can appreciate the import of what I say. It … It is mentioned five times in the Qur'an. And there is none in the world who could conceal his wicked deeds for ever, for they were exposed by God before he passed away from the world.’3. In a Hadith of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alayhi Wa Sallam, Riya has been termed as ‘Ash Shirk-ul-Khafi’. A hadith qudsi need not be a sahih (sound hadith), but may be da‘if or even mawdu‘. God Almighty, by means of His all embracing power and might, which governs the whole universe and is immanent in the realms of all possible beings, takes under His control the hearts of all His servants, as no one is outside the range of His power and the domain of His domination; and no one should occupy the hearts of human beings without His permission and His creative Will; not even the person himself has any control over his own heart without the permission of God Almighty. His shirk (idolatry) is confirmed by the traditions of the Imams of the Holy Household (A) and the Quranic text, and hence his sin is unpardonable. One who is guilty of this sin, if he does not believe genuinely in those ideas which he pretends to believe in, is counted among the munafiqun (hypocrites), whose place is in the Fire, and he is doomed to eternal damnation and his punishment is the severest of punishments. This hadith mentions the punishment of practicing Riya: Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated a hadith of the Messenger of Allah (PBUH) that evidently reveals how the act of doing things for others can result some to be enflamed on the Day of Judgment. The second stage, too, is comprised of two steps: 1. To them worship is a state of ecstasy and rapture which is beyond the reach of our imagination and understanding. It is as well verifiable on the basis of the teachings of the Quran and your and my reason. Therefore, your hypocrisy and deceit, if it is meant for attracting the attention of His servants and for earning respect and popularity among them, know that it cannot bear any fruits, for this is totally beyond your powers, and it belongs to the jurisdiction of His power. Showing off (riya) in worship 9359 Publication : 01-12-2009 Views : 80234 en. Pay attention to what we have seen and heard about the double-faced hypocrites, whose hearts were not pure; they were ultimately condemned to be disgraced; whatever they intended, they could not achieve, but something that they did not desire happened to them. Even in the matter of obligatory religious duties, if you believe that you cannot perform them sincerely in public, perform them secretly, though it is preferable to perform them openly. You are guilty of violation of Divine honor in your heart that belongs to the celestial world, in front of the angels of God and His prophets. He makes the hearts of the people a seat of love for whomsoever He likes. "pledge allegiance" Searches for the whole phrase instead of individual words Wildcards e.g. This damned creature, whenever he finds a murky heart, he makes it his resting place and tries to spoil our visible and invisible deeds, and transforms our good deeds into such as lead us directly to the hell. 2. Riya’ is also one of such (relative) vices that we are discussing presently. Man deceives himself by all means and never thinks of correcting himself. 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One of them, for example, will be a wealthy man who will be brought, and Allah will say to him: “Was I not so generous with you that I did not leave you without any need from anyone?” Said the Imam (A): There is no harm in it; there is no one who does not like that his good deeds be made known to the people, in case he does not perform them [solely] for the sake of attracting their admiration.7. All power belongs to the Almighty. Any slightest harm cannot be caused to His Kingdom, and we cannot exclude ourselves from His reign of power either. But the same trait is considered to be a shortcoming in the case of a wali or ‘arif bi-Allah, as for them it amounts to nifaq or shirk. He tries to convert them into polytheists, and for this purpose he invades the hearts of the imams through various means, such as ‘ujb (self admiration), which we shall discuss later on, and riya’, which is a display of religiosity through this significant worship for impressing the people, gaining publicity, and earning their admiration and respect; for instance, when an imam sees that a certain pious person is attending the congregational prayer, he tries to make an ostentation of his humility and devotion in order to capture his attention and win his admiration; he tries to find various ways of mentioning him in the gatherings of ‘people not present in the congregation; in order to show his importance, he drags the name of that pious man again and again and tries to inform the people about his presence as a follower in the congregational prayer; thus, he tries to create a false impression of a close association with him, especially if he belongs to the business class, and expresses such a great love and friendship for him which he never expressed even for a single moment for God or His favored servants. It would have been better for you to be among the perpetrators of major sins, to be one notorious for his evil conduct and perpetration of obvious indignities, while being a monotheist, instead of becoming a polytheist. • Ash Shirk-ul -Jali (Major Shirk) ~ When a person knowingly, deliberately associates partners with Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta’ala … He believes in Allah and believes that Allah has got partners … We may be led to look upon our failure to capture a congregation as otherworldly seclusion, and ourselves as free from love of station and honor. The moral excellences through which the saints of God (awliya’ Allah) acquired resemblance to Him, are being surrendered by you to others than God, and you are surrendering your heart, the seat of God, to His enemy, thus committing shirk (polytheism) in the heart of your hearts. He has made your heart His own habitation. We, the helpless creatures, who do not know the reality, acquire our knowledge from the faqih and think that we have done favor to him. All of them have in their own right fulfilled their function of guiding us and showing the right path, for which we are indebted to them and even a fraction of it we cannot pay back in this world. He is Omniscient, knows the inner, hidden reality of all our actions, and He is fully aware of the nature of our faith and the extent and degree of our submission to His Will. Hadees: Jo Shakhs Shohrat ke liye koi kaam karega tou Allah Taala uske Aib Mashhoor kar dega . Be prepared for the darkness, which is not to be followed by any ray of light; the scorn and shame from which there is no release; the diseases which have no cure; the death after which there is no life; and the fire which is ignited from within the depths of the heart to engulf the whole region of your spirit, as well as the realm of the body. You and your hearts are the abodes of Divine honor. 8, Hadith 725; Vol.1, Hadith 53) 2. Riya' is haram and invalidates the action. Congregational prayer is an eminent form of Islamic worship, and the leader of this prayer holds a distinctive position of honor. In his heart of hearts, this individual wishes to make people believe that he is pious and conscientious to such a degree that he avoids the congregation, so that he may not be trapped into following an unjust imam. The third stage also is divided into several sections. Wake up my friend! Riya’ means to falsely make oneself appear to be virtuous, good natured or a true believer in God before the people for the sake of earning their respect and admiration, or with the purpose of gaining good reputation among them. Hence, come to your senses, seek refuge in God and turn back to Him, for God Almighty is the Compassionate and always seeks for an excuse to shower His mercy. An example of a hadith qudsi is the hadith of Abu Hurairah who said that Muhammad said: When God decreed the Creation He pledged Himself by writing in His book which is laid down with Him: My mercy prevails over My wrath. It may even be said that the performer of such adulterated acts would be treated as one of the munafiqun. This fact is confirmed by a tradition mentioned in al-Kafi, narrated by ‘Ali ibn Salim: سَمِعْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِاللهِ، عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ، يَقُولُ: قَالَ اللهُ، عَزَّ وَجَلَّ: أَنَا خَيْرُ شَرِيكٍ؛ مَنْ أَشْرَكَ مَعِيَ غَيْرِي فِي عَمَلٍ عَمِلَهُ لَمْ أَقْبَلْهُ إِلا مَا كَانَ لِي خَالِصاً. Because the temptations of the Devil and the self are so unobservably shadowy and subtle and the path of humanity is so delicate and tenuous that unless anyone is extremely discriminate, he cannot understand their inherent evil. It is to God, His Prophet (S), and His saints to whom all owe gratitude. This feeling is also similar to the first, or even worse than that; as the vice of jealousy spreads its tentacles in the hearts of such people, who do not enjoy the bounties of this world; the Devil deprives them of the glories of the other world too, and they are condemned to suffer in both the worlds. test* Matches any set of one or more characters. Our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said in hadith: “Shall I not inform you of what I fear for you more than the Masih ad-Dajjal? Sahih Al Bukhari hadith-9.1 explanation and meaning. The common people generally attain a lower stage of it, and this does not harm their iman or ikhlas, because, generally, they have a natural inclination that their virtues be known to others. بِالسَّنَدِ المُتَّصِلِ إِلى مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ يَعْقُوبَ عَنْ عَلِيٍّ بْنِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، عَنْ أَبِيهِ، عَنِ ابْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ، عَنْ أَبِي المَغْرَا عَنْ يَزِيدَ بْنِ خَلِيفَةٍ قَالَ: قَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِاللهِ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ: كُلُّ رِيَاءٍ شِرْكٌ. 2. As Musilms, therefore, we should worship Allah in sincerity and stay away from Riya’ (showing off) and evil intentions. Try to win the hearts of the creatures by first pleasing the real owner of the hearts, so that He comes to your rescue. Said Imam al-Sadiq (A) that Amir al-mu’minin (A) said: ‘There are three distinguishing features of one accustomed to riya’: he expresses joy and cheerfulness when he is greeted by people; he becomes cheerless and sullen when alone; and he wishes to be praised for everything he does.’6. Forty Hadith An Exposition on 40 ahadith narrated through the Prophet [s] and his Ahl al-Bayt [a] by Imam Ruhullah al-Musawi al-Khumayni Translated by: Mahliqa Qara'i (late) and Ali Quli Qara'i Published by: Al-Tawhid P.O Box 37165-111, Qum The Islamic Republic of Iran You ought to realize that this desire issues from the accursed and abominable tree of riya’. Of what advantage is the love or hatred of the weak creatures of God, and gaining favor and name among them? The second step on the path of riya’ is represented by those who eradicate false belief from their hearts and, through such purification, want to attain power and respect among people; they sometimes articulate their belief overtly, sometimes make a covert display of their purity. This is, therefore, a sign for us to comprehend that our deeds were not performed for the sake of God, though we ourselves are not conscious of it, and this is the main cause of our irremediable sickness. And if you have reached such a spiritual station that your prayers are responded and you can do something for this helpless creature of God, who has squandered his life in meaningless pursuits, devoid of any real purpose, hankering after desires and lusts, whose sins have sickened the heart to a point where no exhortation, advice, Quranic verse, or tradition of the Prophet (S), or argument or wise saying can have any effect, do pray for him; may be your prayer shall secure his deliverance. Apart from the above-mentioned ahadith narrated from the Prophet (S) and Amir al-mu’minin (A), there is another hadith also, reported by Zurarah from imam Abu Ja’far (A), which is as follows: عَنْ زُرَازَةَ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ؛ قَالَ (زُرَارَةُ): سَأَلْتُهُ عَنِ الرَّجُلِ يَعْمَلُ الشَّيْءَ مِنَ الخَيْرِ فَيَرَاهُ إِنْسَانُ فَيَسُرُّهُ ذَلِكَ. Beseech His Holy Essence to make your actions pure and sincere, and lead you to the path of sincerity and love. Unrecognized Email or Password, please try again. This comes under the hadith of the Prophet ﷺ where he says, “None of you perfected your belief until you love for your brother what you love for yourself.” Why is it that your self always responds in public, and why do you relish weeping out of the fear of God in the gathering of people, though in loneliness in spite of squeezing your eyes you cannot bring out a single tear? When we went to h (On the authority of the above-mentioned narrators), Yazid ibn Khalifah reports from Imam al-Sadiq (A) that he said, “Riya in any of its forms amounts to shirk, (polytheism); verily, one who works for the people, his reward lies with them, and one who works for God his reward lies with God.”1. But the only thing that you have to do is to sincerely cultivate the love of God in your heart, untainted and unspoiled, with struggle and effort. He transforms their virtues into vices, and makes them to enter hell through the path of ritual worship. Those forms will be in accordance with the state of one’s soul and its traits. Demand from yourself an account of every deed. From Jabir : The Prophet, , may cursed the receiver and the payer of interest, the one who records it and the two witnesses to the transaction and said: "They are all alike [in guilt]." Such a kind of person tries to make a display of his trust in God and His Power, saying that he does not believe in any being except Him. In any case, it is obvious that the hadith condemns riya’, because the performance of the obligatory acts and duties if not motivated by riya’, cannot be the object of Divine wrath. it is an indication that his îmân is very weak. God alone knows what sort of darkness is to follow that disgrace. In what way do you and I consider our humble selves benefactors of the guides of the Ummah, from an ordinary faqih to the great Prophet (S) and God Almighty? 1. May 2, 2019 807,461. For a sick person who considers himself to be sound there is no hope of being cured. The Years of Spiritual and Intellectual Formation in Qum, 1923 To 1962, The Years of Struggle and Exile, 1962-1978, 1979-89: First Decade of the Islamic Republic, Last Decade of the Imam’s Life, Self-Examination and Stipulation (Musharatah), Remembrance of God, Remembering The Graces Bestowed By Him, An Advice for Getting Rid of the Curse of Riya’, The Value Of Human Existence As A Trustee Of Divine Honor. With whom are we trying to wage a war, the consequences of which we will have to face? It has been mentioned earlier that faith emerges from the depths of the heart, and in this matter mere abstract knowledge does not suffice. We ought to seek refuge in God from the vice of deceit, whose guiles are very subtle. Hence, his actions will lead him to felicity; egoism will be eliminated and self-conceit and pride will recede. It is a matter of pity for a person that his prayers and other devotional acts should serve as fuel for the fires of hell. الَّتِي تَطَّلِعُ عَلَى الْأَفْئِدَةِ.﴾. Anyone who has gained knowledge of religion through rational demonstrations and arguments, ought to submit to them whole-heartedly with the totality of his being and obey the call of his heart dutifully i.e. The deeds by means of which you could have gained Divine favors, could have secured a happy and blissful life in eternity, and could have attained the highest station in the highest heaven; you have replaced it with the darkness of polytheism and hypocrisy, and have procured for yourself regret, shame and the severest chastisement, and have converted yourself into a ‘sijjini’ (an inhabitant of the lowest or dungeon of hell) instead.
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