بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Everyone desires to be honored and hence people find different ways to find recognition and public esteem. In this effort, some people resort to pleasing others and turning to people to fulfill this dream.
At times, people go out of their way and adopt unlawful means such as lying and cheating to obtain this without even realizing this will cause them harm. What a strong driving force it is to follow your desires!
Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) tells us:
مَن كَانَ يُرِيدُ الْعِزَّةَ فَلِلَّهِ الْعِزَّةُ جَمِيعًا إِلَيْهِ يَصْعَدُ الْكَلِمُ الطَّيِّبُ وَالْعَمَلُ الصَّالِحُ يَرْفَعُهُ وَالَّذِينَ يَمْكُرُونَ السَّيِّئَاتِ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَكْرُ أُوْلَئِكَ هُوَ يَبُورُ
“Whoever desires honor [through power] – then to Allah belongs all honor. To Him ascends good speech, and righteous work raises it. But they who plot evil deeds will have a severe punishment, and the plotting of those – it will perish.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surah Fatir: 10]
We learn from this ayah that people may desire honor all they want, but whoever wants it, should always remember that all honor belongs to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى).
Proven Ways to be Amongst Those who are Honored:
Having Taqwa (Allah consciousness):
Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says in Surah Hujarat Verse 13:
إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ
“Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.”
[Al-Qur’an – Surah Hujarat:13]
Narrated Abu Hurairah: The Messenger of Allah (صلي اللهُ عليهِ وسلم) said, “Charity does not decrease wealth. No one forgives except that Allah increases his honor, and no one humbles himself for Allah except that Allah raises his status.”
[Sahih Muslim, Book 32, Number 6264]
Being Beloved in the Sight of Allah
Narrated Abu Huraira: The Messenger of Allah (صلي اللهُ عليهِ وسلم) said: “When Allah loves a servant, He calls Gabriel and says: ‘Verily, I love so-and-so; you should also love him.’ Then Gabriel loves him and makes an announcement in the heaven saying: ‘Allah loves so-and-so and you should also love him.’ Then the dwellers of the Heaven (the angels) also love him and he is honored in the earth.
And when Allah is angry with a servant He calls Gabriel and says: ‘I am angry with so-and-so; you should also be angry with him.’ Then Gabriel becomes angry and makes an announcement to the dwellers of Heaven (the angels): ‘Verily Allah is angry with so-and so, so you be angry with him.’ Thus, they also become angry with him and he is hated in the earth.”
[Sahih Muslim, Book 032, Number 6373]
Therefore, we see that the simple solution to find honor in this world is rushing towards pleasing Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) and being worried about becoming honorable in His sight. Insha’Allah, with this, Allah will give us best of both the worlds.