Our Inner vs. Outer Condition

“…And the believer – subhan Allah, glory be to You, O Lord – is liked by everyone no matter what.

Why?

The believer isn’t fake. There is nothing you can hold against him. What he does in secret is what he does openly. There aren’t secret acts and public acts. He doesn’t have a personality in secret and a different one in public. They are both the same. So, if you were to peek into his life when he’s alone, you’d find him even better than he is in public. If you were to see him at home at night, you’d find him either praying, sleeping, eating suhur, or reciting the Qur’an. There is nothing you can hold against him. There is no girl he has snuck in to his home to commit indecent acts with, nor does he have stolen money that he is counting.

His outer condition is like his inner condition. In fact, his inner condition is even better than his outer, and the early Muslims would say ‘O Allah, make our inner condition better than our outer condition, and make our outer condition good.’ There is nothing you can hold against him. He has inner confidence, is sure of himself, and is relaxed.

As for the hypocrite, he fears that everyone will discover his faults and that they are privy to his sins. This is why it’s as if the suspicious person wants to tell people ‘Take me away, take me away.’ Why? He is filled with faults, and he suspects that this person knows of them, that person found out, etc. So, his whole life is full of anxiety and constriction.

As for the believer, ‘Umar bin al-Khattab nullified his ablution while on the pulpit. He said: “O people, I’ve passed gas, and I am going to make ablution and return.” He is sure of himself. So, why would he care what people think? On a day other than Friday, he ascended the pulpit and gathered the people and said: “O people, a few years ago, I used to herd sheep for people in Makkah for a few copper coins.” So, ‘Abd ar-Rahman bin ‘Awf took him aside and said to him privately: “Commander of the Believers, you did nothing but belittle yourself in front of everyone.” So, ‘Umar said: “That was exactly my intention. I felt impressed with myself, and therefore wanted to humble myself in front of everyone.””

[‘Fi Dhilal Surat at-Tawbah’; p. 489]

5 Responses to “Our Inner vs. Outer Condition”

  1. Umm Ruqayya Says:

    lol!

    Indeed many think “the gas they left out might not be heard by anyone, but are forgetting that it’s the smell after it, that is burning the eyes.”

    Ali radi Allahu anhu used to say: “The person who is satisfied with his own actions, will have many who dislike him. “

  2. Good stuff masha Allah. Baarak Allaahu feek.

  3. Good read. JazakAllah.

    The best believers don’t have a private life. They have one single Islamic life. They live for serving Allah, they have no other concerns besides this. As the Quran say; “There is no fear for them, and they do not become sad.”

  4. Jazak’Allahukhairan, may Allah swt reward you for posting this.

  5. “among the believers are men true to their covenants with Allah (i.e been martyrd) and amoung them are those that are still waiting, but they have never changed in their determination in the least” (33:23)
    Jazkallahkhayr for this beautifully post can you give the dua in Arabic “o Allah make our inner condition better than our outer, and make our outer condition good”

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