On the authority of `A`ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) it is reported
that Allah's Messenger (saas ) said:
"Whoever seeks Allah's Pleasure at the expense of men's displeasure, will
win Allah's Pleasure and Allah (swt ) will cause men to be pleased with him.
And whoever seeks to please men at the expense of Allah's Displeasure, will
win the Displeasure of Allah (swt ) and Allah (swt ) will cause men to be
displeased with him." (Narrated by Ibn Hibban in his Saheeh)
The Prophet (saas ) informs us in this Hadith that whoever sought Allah's
Pleasure by obeying His Commands and abstaining from all of that which He
has prohibited, without caring whether or not he pleased others and without
paying heed to their insults and oppression, will achieve Allah's Pleasure
and He will place love for that person in the hearts of mankind; but as for
him who tried to please the people at the expense of his Religion, he will
incur the Wrath of Allah (swt ), Most Glorified, Most High, and He (swt )
will place hate of that person in the hearts of the people as a punishment
for him because of his bad intentions - one only has to look at the present
situation in the Muslim world to see the truth of this.
Benefits Derived From This Hadith
1. Confirmation of Allah's Divine Attribute of Pleasure.
2. That adhering strictly to the tenets of the Religion will result in
3. The forbiddance of hypocrisy in religious matters.
4. Confirmation of Allah's Divine Attribute of Anger.
5. That hypocrisy in religious matters results in Allah's Anger.
6. That the love or hate in the heart is in Allah's Hands.
Relevance of This Hadith to the Subject of the Chapter
That it proves the forbiddance of abandoning obedience to Allah (swt ) due
to fear of others or seeking to please them.
Relevance of This Hadith to the Subject of Tawheed (Tawheed means to single
out Allaah with all forms of worship, so that you make all of your worship
for Allaah alone.)
That the Hadith proves the obligation to fear Allah (swt ), Alone; this
proves that fear is a form of worship and directing worship to other than
Allah (swt ) is shirk (The opposite of tawheed is 'Shirk' which is to
associate partners with Allah by giving that which belongs to him, to
Shaikh Imam Muhammad Abdul-Wahhaab
"The Book of Tawheed"
Translated by Sameh Strauch
Published by International Islamic Publishing House
Kitaab At-Tawheed, Chapter: 30 " It is only Satan (shaitan)who suggests to
fear of his awliyaa` [supporters and friends]. Do not fear them, but fear
Me, if you are of the Believers" (Qur'an 3:175)