Salahuddin Ayyubi (RA) and the importance of not seeking fame

Many of us have heard of Salahuddin Ayyubi رحمه الله but how many have heard of Nooruddin Zingi رحمه الله? He was the teacher of Salahuddin رحمه الله, who paved the way for the conquest of Palestine in 1187 CE. Nooruddin رحمه الله observed Salahuddin رحمه الله as a young man and noticed his bravery and piety. He knew that spirituality attracts the attention and divine assistance of Allah. In a war it is the assistance of Allah that leads to victory, not numbers. With this in mind he sent Salahuddin رحمه الله to Egypt and with Allah’s help, he unified the nation. He remarked, “When Allah gave me the land of Egypt, I’m sure he meant Palestine for me as well.” Eventually, he liberated Palestine and became famous for this.

However, Nooruddin رحمه الله remained relatively unknown. That is the system of Allah. He makes some people known to the public and others unknown. Regardless of how big or small our deeni efforts are, never seek to be famous. Otherwise, in seeking people we risk losing the pleasure of Allah, which is the primary and only goal. Be sincere. Thereafter if Allah makes someone famous, that is His choice and there is wisdom behind it.

This Ummah has produced many fuqaha and mujtahideen but only a few became well-known. The majority are unknown to us. However, their reward has been secured in the court of Allah and He is well aware of all that they did. And in the end that’s all that matters. May Allah grant us the tawfiq to be sincere, aameen.

— Hazrat Ml. Dawood Seedat حفظه اللّٰه

Above is an extract from Hazrat’s talk on 7/11/18 in Masjid-ut-Taqwa, Pietermaritzburg. To listen to the full audio, please click here

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