One of the most difficult things for me, in running AutismUAE, is trying to escape from being thanked or praised by the parents of children we help via our therapists. I don’t mind being cried on, but once people start telling me how great/awesome/cosmic I am, I really start to squirm. I feel guilty, because on one hand, everyone loves hearing how much they’re appreciated, but when you’re making your intention for the sake of Allah, and seeking your reward with Him and Him alone, then how do you reconcile when peoples’ praise makes you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside?
Islam has the answer! Hence, the title of this post, and the link to this video, which I’ve actually linked before. This link goes to the exact moment when Yasiq Qadhi talks about the same challenge that I face on a near daily basis- praise. A man went to the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, and shared his concern that sometimes, when he did something for the sake of Allah, people would later praise him. The Prophet’s response must have felt as liberating to him as it does to me- the Prophet- salAahu alaihi wasallim- said that these praises are the heralds, the forerunners, the preliminary blessings for believers. They are an advance of the good that is coming in the next life.
When I first heard this, I had to sigh with relief. Alhamdulillah. Up until hearing that hadith, I was beating myself up for being thanked, and while that doesn’t mean I can start my own We *heart* Abez club, that means that the happiness felt in my heart when a father tells me that his whole family makes dua for me every day is not a guilty pleasure anymore. It’s good tidings of good things to come, InshaAllah. Provided, of course, that I keep my intentions sincere and my actions halal.