[Taken from 'An Explanation to Riyaadh
as-Saaliheen' Vol1, Trans. Abu Sulaymaan and
modified.] Al-Fawaa`id [218-219]
of Imaam Ibnul-Qayyim al-Jawziyyah, may Allaah have mercy upon him.
Sincerity cannot coexist in a heart that
contains the love of praise and commendation
and the yearning to possess that
which is owned by the people save in the manner that fire and water or a lizard and fish may coexist.
If your soul directs you to seek sincerity
then first turn your attention towards your
yearning and slaughter it with the knife
of renunciation. Then turn your attention towards praise and commendation and forsake it with the asceticism of those who
loved the world for the sake of the Hereafter. When your slaughtering of your yearning and the renunciation of praise and
commendation becomes firm then attaining sincerity will become easy for you.
If it is asked: what may facilitate the act of slaughtering ones yearning and renouncing the love of praise and commendation?
reply: as for slaughtering your yearning
then this is made easy by you having certain
knowledge that there is nothing
that one would desire except that its treasures are in the Hand of Allaah alone and none has power over it save Him. There is no
one who may bestow these things to a servant except for Allaah.
renouncing the love of praise and
commendation then this is made easy by your
knowing that there is no one who
can praise you such that it would benefit you, or censure and vilify you such that it would harm you save Allaah alone.
This is what occurs in the hadeeth in which the Arab said to the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam), "my being
praised is adornment and my being vilified is disgrace," to which the Prophet (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, "that is (for) Allaah."
[Reported by at-Tirmidhee [no. 3266] with a saheeh isnaad from Baraa`a bin Aazib (RA).]
renounce the praise of one whose praise
cannot beautify you and the vilification of
one whose censure
cannot disgrace you! Instead desire the praise of the One whose commendation contains perfect beauty and the
One whose censure contains total disgrace. This cannot be attained except after patience and certainty for when
there is no patience and certainty then you are like one who wished to traverse an ocean without a vessel to carry him!
patient! Indeed the Promise of Allaah is
true and let not those who are devoid of
certainty discourage you from
conveying (the message)." [al-Rum (30):60]
made from amongst them leaders, guiding
under Our Command when they were patient and
believed in Our Signs
with certainty." [al-Sajdah (32):24]