Outward and Inner Adornment – [Two Great Blessings of Allaah Bestowed Upon Mankind, But Which of The Two Is Superior?!]

In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy

Allaah [The Most High] said:

يَـٰبَنِىٓ ءَادَمَ قَدۡ أَنزَلۡنَا عَلَيۡكُمۡ لِبَاسً۬ا يُوَٲرِى سَوۡءَٲتِكُمۡ وَرِيشً۬ا‌ۖ وَلِبَاسُ ٱلتَّقۡوَىٰ ذَٲلِكَ خَيۡرٌ۬‌ۚ

O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and the raiment of righteousness, that is better. Such are among the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, that they may remember (i.e. leave falsehood and follow truth ). [Surah Al-A’raaf. Aayah 26]

Imaam Ibnul Qayyim [rahimahullaah] said: Allaah informed us that the Libaas At-Taqwah [raiment of piety] is far superior to wealth, leadership and outward beautification. Allaah created His slaves and beautified their outward appearance in the best form, and He beautified their hearts and souls by guiding them to the right path. So, Allaah granted mankind two types of beautification – beautification of the body by way of clothing and beautification of the heart by way of Taqwah; outward beautification and inner beautification; outward perfection and inner perfection’’. [An Excerpt From ‘Badaa’i At-Tafseer Al-aami Limaa Fassarahu Al-Imaam Ibnul Qayyim’. Slightly paraphrased. Vol 1. Page383-384]

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