Allah’s Acceptance of the Pious

Mawlana Ashraf Ali Thanavi (r.a) in his Haqiqat al Tariqa min al Sunna al- Aniqa writes following,

Anas ibn Malik (r.a) stated that Allah’s Prophet (s.a.w) said, “How many people are there with dishevelled hair, and covered in dust, who possess no more than the clothes on their backs so that no one takes notice of them; yet if they swear something by Allah, the Almighty will bring it to pass. Among such people is al- Bara ibn Malik (r.a) ‘  This hadeeth appears in Tirmidhi: 3854

This Hadeeth clearly points to Allah’s acceptance of those who dedicate their lives to the pleasure of the Almighty. The initial description, dusty and dishevelled, should not be understood as conditional, as certain ignorant ones would have us believe. Rather, what the Hadeeth expresses is that appearance has nothing to do with spiritual perfection. It is the wealthy and the prideful who would have us believe that the poor are somehow less than we are.

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