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Fame

Fame الشُّهرَة

Fame

Praiseworthy Fame

الشُّهرَةُ المَحمودَةُ

1ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ) ـ لمّا سُئلَ عنِ الرجُلِ الذي يَعمَلُ العَمَلَ مِنَ الخَيرِ، ويَحمَدُهُ الناسُ علَيهِ ـ: تلكَ عاجِلُ بُشرَى المؤمِنِ.

1– The Prophet (S) was once asked regarding someone who performs a good deed, and is consequently praised by people on account of it, to which he replied, ‘That [praise] is advance glad tidings for the believer.’[Sahih Muslim, no. 2642]

2ـ رسولُ اللهِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): إذا أحَبَّ اللّه‏ُ عَبداً مِن اُمَّتِي قَذَفَ في قُلوبِ أصفِيائهِ وأرواحِ ملائكَتِهِ وسُكّانِ عَرشِهِ مَحَبَّتَهُ لِيُحِبُّوهُ ، فذلكَ المُحَبُّ حقّاً.

2– The Prophet (S) said, ‘When Allah loves a servant of His from among my community, He radiates love for him into the hearts of His elite servants, the spirits of the angels and the retinue of His throne, in order that they too may love him, and that is one who is truly loved.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 70, p. 24, no. 23]

Blameworthy Fame

الشُّهرَةُ المَذمومَةُ

3ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): بِحَسْبِ المَرءِ مِن الشَّرِّ ـ إلّا مَن عَصَمَهُ اللّه‏ُ مِن السُّوءِ ـ أن يُشِيرَ الناسُ إلَيهِ بالأصابِعِ في دِينِهِ ودُنياهُ.

3– The Prophet (S) said, ‘It is bad enough for a man - except for one whom Allah protects from evil - that people should point the finger at him with regard to either his faith or his worldly affairs.’[Sharh Nahjul Balaghah li Ibn Abi al-Hadid, v. 2, p. 181]

4ـ الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): ما مِن عَبدٍ يُرِيدُ أن يَرتَفِعَ فِي الدُّنيا دَرَجةً ، فَارتَفَعَ فِي الدُّنيا دَرَجةً ، إلّا وَضَعَهُ اللّه‏ُ فِي الآخِرَةِ دَرَجَةً أكبَرَ مِنها وأطوَلَ.

4– Imam Ali (a.s.) said, ‘Every single servant who desires to raise his own status in this world, Allah abases his status in the Hereafter by a greater and longer extent.’[Kanz al-’Ummal, no. 6144]

5ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ) ـ في صفةِ المؤمنِ ـ: لا يَرغَبُ في عِزِّ الدُّنيا ولا يَجزَعُ مِن ذُلِّها ، لِلناسِ هَمٌّ قد أقبَلُوا علَيهِ، ولَهُ هَمٌّ قد شَغَلَهُ.

5– Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.), in his description of a believer, said, ‘He neither desires repute in this world, nor does he grieve at its disgrace. People have their own matters of significance that they tend to, whilst he occupies himself with his own concerns.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 67, p. 271, no. 3]

The Censure of Clothing or Acts of Worship That Draw Attention

ذَمُّ شُهرَةِ اللِّباسِ وشُهرَةِ العِبادَةِ

6ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): كَفى بِالمَرءِ خِزياً أن يَلبَسَ ثَوباً يَشهَرُهُ ، أو يَركَبَ دابَّةً مَشهورَةً.

6– Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘It is enough of a disgrace for a man that he should wear such clothes or ride such a beast as draws attention to himself.’[Ibid. v. 78, p. 252, no. 105]

7ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): إنَّ اللّه‏َ يُبغِضُ الشُّهرَتَينِ: شُهرَةَ اللِّباسِ وشُهرَةَ الصَّلاةِ .

7– Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘Verily Allah despises the two forms of attention-seeking: attention-seeking clothes and attention-seeking prayer.’[Mishkat al-Anwar, no. 320]

8ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الاشتِهارُ بِالعِبادَةِ رِيبَةٌ .

8– Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘Renown for one’s prayer is a form of deception.’[Bihar al-Anwar, v. 72, p. 297, no. 27]

9ـ الإمامُ الصّادقُ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): الشُّهرَةُ خَيرُها وشَرُّها في النارِ .

9– Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) said, ‘The best and worst of [seeking] fame lands one in the Fire.’[al-Kafi, v. 6, p. 445, no. 3]