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What Will Enable a Muslim to Sincerely Repel Riyaa and Pride by Allaah’s Aid and Assistance?!

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ

 ”You [Alone (i.e. Allaah)] we worship, and You (Alone) we ask for help (for each and everything).”

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

This (ayah) necessitates having knowledge of the path leading to Him (i.e. to Allaah), and that is nothing else other than worshipping Him alone with what He loves and is pleased with, and seeking His help to worship Him (alone). [1]

[إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُYou alone we worship] is based on four foundations: Fulfilling what is beloved and pleasing to Allaah and His Messenger, be it through speech of the tongue; belief in the heart; deeds of the heart and actions of the limbs. Therefore, [إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُYou alone we worship] is compliance with the rulings (attached) to these four foundations and consenting to them. On the other hand, [ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ And you alone we ask for help] is seeking (Allaah’s) Aid and Assistance in these affairs (i.e. whilst seeking to fulfil them) and to be blessed with the ability to (act in accordance with the rulings attached to these four foundations). [2]

He [Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah)] also said: I used to hear Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullaah) often saying: [إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُYou alone we worship] repels Riyaa and [ وَإِيَّاكَ نَسْتَعِينُ And you alone we ask for help] repels pride.[3]



[1] Al-Fawaa-id: page: 41;

[2] and [3] Badaa-I At-Tafseer Al-Jaami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim Al-Jawziyyah: pages: 41, 53: Vol: 1]

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