Being True with Allah By the martyred Imām ‘Abdullāh ‘Azzām (May Allāh have Mercy upon him)
BEING TRUE WITH ALLAH
And the days went by, and through my experiences in life, what I had expected was confirmed: the foam does not live on or remain, and the puny and insignificant affairs eventually fade away, and quickly disappear with a simple gust of wind from the right to the left.
Because of this, the Salaf – may Allāh be Pleased with them – were very particular about following the truth, even if it was unpleasant and sour.17
They were very particular about being truthful, even if this was very heavy and difficult to maintain.
They were very particular about having both their apparent
and inner conditions be one and the same, even if in the most difficult of circumstances. One of them would make sure to have deeds between himself and Allāh that nobody else would know of.
So, if the people were to come to know of this act of worship that he was engaged in, he would quickly leave that area in order that he would be once again hidden from the people.
Imām Ahmad18 – may Allāh have Mercy upon him – when he would walk in the streets, he would walk amongst the laborers so that nobody would point to him out of respect, and so that the people would think him to just be another laborer, and would therefore not point to him out of respect.
One of them, when he would enter battle, would disguise himself, and if he ended up with an abundance of war booty, he would conceal his identity and abandon his booty so that the people would not know who had acquired it.