Prayers of the Pious – Episode 19 – Make Me Better Than What They Think

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Omar Suleiman

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Today’s episode is one that especially applies to those in the public eye. Sh. Omar Suleiman discusses the dangers of destructive praise and the prayer Abu Bakr made to avoid it.

[ Day 19 Du’a ]

اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْنِى خَيْرًا مِمَّا يَظُنُّونَ وَاغْفِرْ لِى مَا لَا يَعْلَمُونَ وَلَا تُؤَاخِذْنِى بِمَا يَقُولُون

“O Allah, make me better than what they think of me, and forgive me for what they do not know about me, and do not take me to account for what they say about me.”

Episode Transcript

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Now money coming up from celebrity cuts everyone welcome back to prayers of the pious.

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A lot of times people think of us that which is not true of us. And one of the scariest thoughts for a person that is often glorified or a person that is given undue praise is that because they don't meet that praise, they meet Allah subhanaw taala. And they're held accountable for what other people say of them of good. And the Prophet peace be upon them told us of this frightening scenario that when a person is buried, and the people start to eulogize that person, and to say all these amazing things about him, that the angels actually poke at that person and say, haka that Quint, where you really as they say, you were, where you really as they thought you were. And this is not something

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that just applies to the great scholar or to the perceived great scholar or to the preacher. This applies to every person who is deemed righteous by the public eye. Just as we hate slander, we hate destructive praise because it can put us in a situation of hypocrisy. May Allah protect this bubble bucket all the time and who was very aware of that. And bubble bucket is a man who used to make it a point to hide his good deeds. And a lot of times, you know, we find other companions finding Rebecca doing some secret good deeds that no one was aware of. Imagine how many good deeds apobec could have did that we were never aware of that the books never encompassed. May Allah be pleased with him. And

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there's a lot that he teaches us that I think is essential to every person that is in the public eye. The dura is allama Gianni hired on mymail unknown what Thirdly, nada Yaga mon wala to his knee the Maya coloane allama Gianni Haytham, ma Illa noon Oh Allah make me better than what they think of me was clearly man iarla Moon and forgive me for that which they don't know of me. What not to outlive me be my own and do not hold me accountable for that which they say about me. Now if you look at this job, the first thing is Oh, Allah

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make me better than what they think of me. And the word that's used this one because they might think something of me that's untrue. So I don't think that I'm as good as they think I am. Well, clearly, mela Jarmon. But Forgive me for that which they don't know about me, meaning it's factual. There are factual shortcomings and sins that they are unaware of. So he even uses a different language. Forgive me for that which they don't know about me that I know about myself. What to ask Sydney be Nyah Kowloon and do not hold me accountable for the things that they say about me. If anything, we want a lot to bring about good testimony from people on the Day of Judgment. But we

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want to make sure that the character testimony which means something, that the the Shahada, the witnessing of people on this earth means something of good, but we want to make sure that we're actually living up to that and that was not all a false portrayal. And then Josie Rahim, Allah has a beautiful saying, No, Josie, who we covered one of us do, as he said that if people are impressed with you don't think that they're impressed with you. They're impressed by the beauty of a loss cover of your sins, they're impressed by the beauty, or the beauty of a loss of a job of you. It's not really you. It's the veil that Allah has provided. And you need to be self aware of that so that

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you can continue to work on those things and not allow for destructive praise, to sedate you or to paralyze you from actually living up to the best of yourself. So May Allah subhanaw taala make us better than what the people think of us. May Allah subhanaw taala forgive us for that which they don't know of us. And may Allah not hold us accountable for the things that they say about us a llama I mean dessicant low height and I'll see you all next time in sha Allah saddam, why do you want to go to council