Ash-Shahwa Al-Khafiyyah [The Subtle (Blameworthy) Desire]!


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

Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullaah] said, “There are many cases where the Nufoos are mixed with Ash-Shahawaat Al-Khafiyyah [i.e. desires that are concealed, subtle etc] that corrupts its fulfilment of [perfect] love of Allaah, servitude to Him and establishment of the religion sincerely for the sake of Allaah, just as Shaddaad Ibn Aws [radiyallaahu-anhu] said, ‘O Arabs! Indeed, the affair I fear for you the most is Riyaa and Shahwa Al-Khafiyyah’. It was said to Abu Daawud As-Sijistaani, ‘What is Ash-Shahwa Al-Khafiyyah?’ He said, ‘Love of leadership'”.

[Majmoo Al-Fataawaa 10 /214-215]

 

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