Proving Sincere for Allaah

بسم الله والحمد لله والصلاة والسلام على رسول الله وعلى آله وصحبه ومن تبع هداه وبعد

 

Proving Sincere for Allaah

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 Hameed al-Ghazali that whoever proves sincere to Allaah for forty days, wisdom springs from his heart and is established upon his tongue.

He (al-Ghazali) said, ‘So I became sincere to Allaah 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 Allaah, rather you were sincere for the sake of attaining wisdom.”

Ibn Taymiyyah commented:

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 Allaah and seeking His Face. So if he seeks these things (praise, knowledge etc.) by the token of sincerity to Allaah and seeking His Face, then such a person contradicts himself because whoever seeks something (e.g. being sincere to Allaah) for the sake of something else, 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 Allaah so that he may become learned or pious, or one endowed with wisdom, or one who discovers hidden matters etc, then such a person does not intend Allaah, rather he has made Allaah a means for him to gain that inferior matter…”

 

Taken from Shaykh al-Islam’s book: ‘Dar Ta’arud’ -:
found at: http://www.waqfeya.com/book.php?bid=654

May Allaah سبحانه و تعالى make us sincere for His Sake alone.

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