Honour

{وَلِلَّـهِ الْعِزَّةُ وَلِرَسُولِهِ وَلِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ وَلَـٰكِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ لَا يَعْلَمُونَ}

“And to Allah belongs all honor, and to His Messenger, and to the believers, but the hypocrites know not”
[Al-Munafiqun 63:8]

 

During his Caliphate, ‘Umar radi Allahu anhu set out for Ash-Shaam with Abu Ubaydah. On this journey, they came upon a deep creek, which they needed to cross. So ‘Umar took off his sandals and carried them on his shoulders. Then he took the reign of the camel and began plowing through the water. Seeing the khalifah of the Muslims in this state, Abu Ubaydah felt saddened and said, “I fear that the people of the village will think you without honor.”

‘Umar replied, “Oh Abu Ubaydah, if only someone less knowledgeable then you made such a statement. We were of the most disgraced of people, and Allah granted us honor with this Islam. Now, whenever we seek honor in other than that which Allah honored us with, Allah shall disgrace us (once again).”

Ibn Katheer said, Whoever wants a place of honor in this life and the next, let him hold firmly to the obedience of Allah and his goal will be realized.”  

Al-Hasan Al-Basri said concerning the people of sin, “They – even though their riding beasts pitter patter with them atop and their mules carry them ever so gracefully, upon them at all times is the hovering disgrace of sin. Allah shall never allow for those who disobey Him anything more than disgrace.”
 
 {وَمَن يُهِنِ اللَّـهُ فَمَا لَهُ مِن مُّكْرِمٍ}
And whoever Allah humiliates – for him there is no one to give him honor
 [Al-Hajj 22:18] 
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