Intention, To Please Allah Or Prove Something?

So why do we get involved with conversations, is it to help others, to share knowledge or is it to argue and prove that we are intellectual. One should have sincere intention to seek and earn Allah’s pleasure when correcting the mistakes of others and is essential. One should not try to demonstrate one’s superiority, to vent one’s anger or especially to impress others.

Sincerity of intention to give advice will gain one rewards and his advice will be accepted and acted upon, by the permission of Allah of course.






Al-Tirmidhi (may Allah have mercy on him) reported from Shufayy al-Asbahi that he entered Madeenah and saw a man with people gathered around him. He asked, "Who is this?"

They said, "Abu Hurairah (raa)." [Shufayy said:] "So I approached him and sat down in front of him."

He was speaking to the people, and when he finished and they had gone away, I said to him, "I ask you by Allah, to narrate to me a hadeeth (narration) that you heard from the Messenger of Allah (saws) and understood fully." Abu Hurairah (raa) said, "I will do that, I will tell you a hadeeth I heard from the Messenger of Allah (saws) and understood fully."

Then Abu Hurairah (raa) began to gasp, and remained in this condition until he recovered, then he said, "I will tell you a hadeeth that the Messenger of Allah (saws) told me in this house when there was no one else present except me and him."

Then Abu Hurairah (raa) began to gasp again, then he recovered and wiped his face, and said, "I will tell you a hadeeth that the Messenger of Allah (saws) told me in this house when there was no one else present except me and him."

Then he gasped, then he recovered and wiped his face and said, "I will tell you a hadeeth that the Messenger of Allah (saws) told me in this house when there was no one else present except me and him."

Then Abu Hurairah (raa) began to gasp severely, and his head fell forward, and I supported him with my shoulder for a long time, then he recovered, and said:
The Messenger of Allah (saws) told me:

When the Day of Judgment comes, Allah will come down to judge between the people. And every nation will be kneeling in submission. The first people to be called forth will be a man who had learned the Qur`aan by heart, a man who was killed for the sake of Allah and a man who had a lot of wealth.

Allah will say to the reciter [of the
Qur`aan], "Did I not teach you that which I had revealed to My Messenger?"

He will say, "Of course, My Lord."

Allah will say, "What did you do with what you were taught?"

He will say, "I stayed up at night and during the day (to recite it)."

Allah will say, "You have lied," and the angels will say, "You have lied."

Allah will say, "You only wanted it to be said that so-and-so is a reader, and it was said."

The one who had a lot of wealth will be brought and Allah will say to him, "Did I not give generously to you so that you were not in need of anyone?"

He will say, "Of course, O Lord."

Allah will say, "What did you do with what I gave you?"

He will say, "I used to give it to my relatives and in charity."

Allah will say, "You have lied," and the angels will say, "You have lied."

Allah will say, "You only wanted it to be said that so-and-so is generous, and it was said.

Then the one who was killed for the sake of Allah will be brought and Allah will say to him, "What were you killed for?"

He will say, "I was commanded to fight in Jihaad for Your sake so I fought until I was killed."

Allah will say, "You have lied," and the angels will say, "You have lied."

Allah will say, "You only want it to be said that so-and-so was courageous, and it was said."

Then the Messenger of Allah (saws) struck my knees and said, "O Abu Hurairah (raa), these three are the first people for whom the Fire will be heated on the Day of Resurrection."

Sunan al-Tirmidhi, no. 2382, Shaakir edn. Abu ‘Esa said: this is a ghareeb hasan hadeeth.