How to Earn and Lose Respect (From the People) and the Connection of This Matter to Tawhid|
Posted by Abu.Iyaad on Friday, August, 09 2013 and filed under Rectification
The greatest a servant is in terms of (holding) status and (having) respect from the creation is when he is not needy (dependent) upon them from any angle whatsoever, as it has been said:
This is from the great and profound insight of Shaykh al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah and it comprises a taste and relishing of Tawhid that a person feels and perceives when he understands and implements this, that is, to place his trust and reliance upon none but Allaah and to be free of need of the creation. You can only begin to fathom the wonders and pleasures of Tawhid that the grave and saint worshippers are deprived of - and that's bearing in mind that we are speaking here of being in need of others for things that are actually permitted and lawful (such as asking for a drink of water) - a universe apart from being in need of the dead for things which they are incapable of and which constitutes Shirk with the Lord of the worlds. So how deprived, humiliated and of low rank are those who throw their needs upon the saints and the dead, and how raised and dignified are the people of Tawhid - those who understand the above point - and aim not to be in need of the creation for anything!