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Allāh Looks Not to Your Bodies Nor to Your Faces, Rather He Looks to Your Hearts

Imām Muhammmad ibn Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn

The importance of righteous character when trying to please Allāh. Beauty, healthy and other worldly affairs are frivolous in comparison to the strength of a Muslim’s soul.

Indeed, Allāh looks not to your bodies, nor to your faces; rather He looks to your hearts [and deeds].

Messenger of Allāh (ﷺ) as narrated by Abū Hurayrah ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Sakhr 1

Shaykh al-ʿUthaymīn comments: 2

Allāh, the Perfect and Most High, does not look to the slaves and their bodies, and whether they are large or small in stature, nor whether they stand in good health or illness. He does not look to their faces, and whether or not they are beautiful or hideous. All of these affairs are of [absolutely] no significance to Allāh. Similarly, He does not look towards their lineage nor ancestry, and whether or not they are of nobility or ignobility, nor does He look towards their wealth. He does not look towards any of these affairs at all.

There lies no connection between Allāh and His creation except through at-taqwá (righteousness). Whoever possesses more taqwá of Allāh, is nearer to Him, and thus most honorable with Him, so do not take pride in your wealth, nor in your beauty, nor in your body, nor in your children, nor in your palaces, nor in your cars, nor in any worldly matter. Indeed, if Allāh granted you success in attaining al-taqwá, it is from the His Grace upon you, so praise Allāh.


[1] Related by Muslim, no. 2564.
[2] Shaykh Ṣāliḥ al-ʿUthaymīn, Sharḥ Rīyaḍ as-Ṣāliḥīn, 1/61 – (Dār al-Watan).

Translated by Umm Sufyān Fāṭimah

Published: February 5, 2013
Edited: September 22, 2022


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