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Benefit: Allāh Looks Not to Your Bodies Nor to Your Faces; Rather He Looks to Your Hearts

In the Name of Allāh, the Ever Merciful, the Bestower of Mercy

From Abū Hurayrah ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Sakhr, may Allāh be pleased with him, who said: The Messenger of Allāh, may Allāh raise his rank and grant him peace, said: «Indeed, Allāh looks not to your bodies, nor to your faces; rather He looks to your hearts [and deeds].1» 

Shaykh al-ʿUthaymīn comments:2

Allāh, the Perfect and Most High, does not look to the slaves and their bodies, and whether they are large or small in stature, nor whether they stand in good health or illness. He does not look to their faces, and whether or not they are beautiful or hideous. All of these affairs are of [absolutely] no significance to Allāh. Similarly, He does not look towards their lineage nor ancestry, and whether or not they are of nobility or ignobility, nor does He look towards their wealth. He does not look towards any of these affairs at all.

There lies no connection between Allāh and His creation except through at-taqwá (righteousness). Whomever possesses more taqwá of Allāh, is nearer to Him, and thus most honorable with Him, so do not take pride in your wealth, nor in your beauty, nor in your body, nor in your children, nor in your palaces, nor in your cars, nor in any worldly matter. Indeed, if Allāh granted you success in attaining al-taqwá, it is from the His Grace upon you, so praise Allāh.

[1] Related by Muslim, no. 2564.
[2] Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn, Sharḥ Rīyaḍ as-Ṣāliḥīn, 1/61 - (Dār al-Watan) 

Translated by Umm Sufyān Fāṭimah

Tags: Īmān, Taqwá

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