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Getting Rid of the Need to Obtain People’s Approval


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Getting Rid of the Need to Obtain People’s Approval


Submitted by dicryptor on Thu, 2005-11-03 02:06.Spirituality

O
disciple, strive to purify your heart both from the fear of people and
from putting your hopes in them, for this would make you remain silent
when faced with falsehood, compromise your religion, and neglect
enjoining good and forbidding evil. This would be ample humiliation. A
believer is strong by his Lord; he feels no fear nor hope except with
regard to Him.

When one of your brother Muslims offers you something by way of
showing affection, take it if you need it, but thanks God, for He is
the real giver, and thank the one whom God has chosen to deliver it to
you. If you do not need it, see whether it would be better for your
heart to take it or refuse it. If you refuse, do it tactfully so as not
to hurt the heart of the giver, for the feelings of a Muslim are of
consequence to God.

Beware of refusing for the sake of acquiring a reputation, or of
accepting for your appetites. However, to accept for your appetites is
better than turning something down to acquire a reputation of
asceticism and of turning away from the world. The truthful will not be
confused, for his Lord gives him a light in his heart by which he knows
what is required of him.

-Imam ‘Abdallah ibn ‘Alawi al-Haddad, Two Treatises of Imam al-Haddad

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