So direct your face toward the religion, inclining to truth (Islam). [Adhere to] the fitrah of Allah (Islamic monotheism) upon which He has created [all] people. [Quran 30:30]
Umar Ibn Khattab advised saying:

"Hold fast to truthful companions; live with them closely, for they are a charm at times of ease and an aid at times of difficulty. Stick to the truth even if the truth kills you, and do not involve yourself in issues that do not concern you. Do not ask about things which have not taken place for indeed, that which has already taken place is enough to preoccupy you from it. Do not seek help or take your affairs to someone who does not wish to see you succeed, and do not befriend the sinful lest you learn from his sins and evil. Keep away from your enemy and be cautious of even your friends, except for the truthful and trusted friend. And no one is trustworthy except him who fears Allah.”

From: Rawdhat al ‘Uqala

Umar Ibn Khattab advised saying:

"Hold fast to truthful companions; live with them closely, for they are a charm at times of ease and an aid at times of difficulty. Stick to the truth even if the truth kills you, and do not involve yourself in issues that do not concern you. Do not ask about things which have not taken place for indeed, that which has already taken place is enough to preoccupy you from it. Do not seek help or take your affairs to someone who does not wish to see you succeed, and do not befriend the sinful lest you learn from his sins and evil. Keep away from your enemy and be cautious of even your friends, except for the truthful and trusted friend. And no one is trustworthy except him who fears Allah.”

From: Rawdhat al ‘Uqala

As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum,
Bismillah,
The Noble Scholar, Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy on him, said:
In this life, the description of a person’s actions is based upon what is apparent, so we interact with people based upon what is apparent from their conditions.
However, in order for a person’s actions to be sound, his inner actions must match these outward actions. Also, what is apparent from him must coincide with that which is hidden in him.
If a person’s actions are contradictory to his intentions, and his heart becomes engrossed with corrupt aims - and we seek refuge with Allah from this - then there is no greater loss for him! He tires himself by doing deeds; yet, there is no reward for his effort.
The end result of these sorts of actions are clarified in an authentic hadeeth. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah exalt his mention and grant him safety, said:

‘Allah, the Most High, said: ‘I am not in need of any partners, whoever does an action for Me and for other than Me, I have abandoned him and his polytheism.’ [Collected by Muslim]

[A Subtle Point]
The devil (shaytaan) may come to you when you want to do a good deed and say, ‘You are only doing this good deed to show-off.’ As a result, he decreases your desire to do an action, and he discourages you.
Do not pay attention to this, and do not obey him; rather, perform deeds, even if he says to you: ‘You’re only performing this action to show-off or to gain a good reputation.’ Ignore him, because if someone were to ask you, ‘Are you performing this action to show-off?,’ you would surely say, ‘No!’
Therefore, these devilish whisperings that the devil entered into your heart, don’t pay attention to them. Do good deeds. And do not say to yourself, ‘I am showing-off’ and the like. (1)
Benefits from Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen’s Speech (2):
[1]: Allah, the Most High, is not in need of any partners.
[2]: The Messenger’s clear manner in warning against polytheism.
[3]: A lofty encouragement to work solely for Allah.
[4]: We assess and interact with people based on what is apparent.
[5]: It is possible for the heart to become engrossed with corrupt intentions.
[6]: Doing deeds for other than Allah is a waste of time and effort; furthermore, there is no reward for them.
[7]: The devil is underhanded and diligent in misguiding us.
[8]: Ignore devilish whisperings and perform as many good deeds as possible.
Footnotes:
Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen, Explanation of Riyaadh al-Saaliheen, 1/15-16
Summary by the translator
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Abu Adam Jameel Finch                                                                              
Umm al-Quraa University, College of Sharee’ah
Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
April 6, 2012 by Embody Islam

As-Salaamu ‘Alaykum,

Bismillah,

The Noble Scholar, Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen, may Allah have mercy on him, said:

In this life, the description of a person’s actions is based upon what is apparent, so we interact with people based upon what is apparent from their conditions.

However, in order for a person’s actions to be sound, his inner actions must match these outward actions. Also, what is apparent from him must coincide with that which is hidden in him.

If a person’s actions are contradictory to his intentions, and his heart becomes engrossed with corrupt aims - and we seek refuge with Allah from this - then there is no greater loss for him! He tires himself by doing deeds; yet, there is no reward for his effort.

The end result of these sorts of actions are clarified in an authentic hadeeth. The Messenger of Allah, may Allah exalt his mention and grant him safety, said:

‘Allah, the Most High, said: ‘I am not in need of any partners, whoever does an action for Me and for other than Me, I have abandoned him and his polytheism.’ [Collected by Muslim]

[A Subtle Point]

The devil (shaytaan) may come to you when you want to do a good deed and say, ‘You are only doing this good deed to show-off.’ As a result, he decreases your desire to do an action, and he discourages you.

Do not pay attention to this, and do not obey him; rather, perform deeds, even if he says to you: ‘You’re only performing this action to show-off or to gain a good reputation.’ Ignore him, because if someone were to ask you, ‘Are you performing this action to show-off?,’ you would surely say, ‘No!’

Therefore, these devilish whisperings that the devil entered into your heart, don’t pay attention to them. Do good deeds. And do not say to yourself, ‘I am showing-off’ and the like. (1)

Benefits from Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen’s Speech (2):

[1]: Allah, the Most High, is not in need of any partners.

[2]: The Messenger’s clear manner in warning against polytheism.

[3]: A lofty encouragement to work solely for Allah.

[4]: We assess and interact with people based on what is apparent.

[5]: It is possible for the heart to become engrossed with corrupt intentions.

[6]: Doing deeds for other than Allah is a waste of time and effort; furthermore, there is no reward for them.

[7]: The devil is underhanded and diligent in misguiding us.

[8]: Ignore devilish whisperings and perform as many good deeds as possible.

Footnotes:

  1. Muhammad al-‘Uthaymeen, Explanation of Riyaadh al-Saaliheen, 1/15-16
  2. Summary by the translator

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Abu Adam Jameel Finch                                                                              

Umm al-Quraa University, College of Sharee’ah

Makkah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

April 6, 2012 by Embody Islam

Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked: Is it obligatory to move the tongue when reciting Qur’an in prayer or is it sufficient to say it in one’s heart?

He replied:

Recitation must be done with the tongue. If a person recites it in his heart when he is praying, that is not sufficient. The same applies to all other adhkaar; it is not sufficient to recite them in one’s heart, rather it is essential to move one’s tongue and lips, because they are words to be spoken, and that can only be achieved by moving the tongue and the lips. End quote.

From: Majmoo’ Fataawa Ibn ‘Uthaymeen, 13/156

Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

With regard to the accepted Hajj it was said that it is that in which there is no showing off or seeking reputation, and in which there is no obscene speech or evil deeds, and it is done with halaal wealth.

[Al-Tamheed lima fi’l-Muwatta’ min al-Ma‘aani wa’l-Asaaneed, 22/39]

Shaykh ibn ‘Uthaymeen and the Russian Pilgrims
“This incident was mentioned by one of the members of the Da‘wah and Guidance Office in Jeddah. During Hajj in the year 1417AH/1996CE he was with Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen at King ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Airport in Jeddah. The Shaykh would stand amongst the pilgrims arriving for Hajj carrying out his obligation of da‘wah and teaching. He was then surprised by the arrival of some pilgrims who had come from one of the Soviet Republics, so the Shaykh wanted to speak to them and asked whether they had a translator. The group guide who was a Russian came forward but he did not know that the Shaykh [standing before him] was Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen.
Once he had finished translating, the guide asked, ‘Who is this Shaykh?’ ‘That is Ibn ‘Uthaymeen,’ he was told. [Upon hearing that] he hugged the Shaykh, kissing him and crying. And then he took the microphone and told the entire group of pilgrims that this is Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen, and so tears started flowing from them all, and the guide kept calling out with the mic at the top of his voice, repeating the name of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. And the individuals in the group started to give salaam to the Shaykh and kiss him [on his forehead].
The guide [then] said to the Shaykh,

‘These are your students. They used to read your books in the cellars underground during Communist rule.’”

From: Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-‘Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, p. 38.

Shaykh ibn Uthaymeen and the Russian Pilgrims

“This incident was mentioned by one of the members of the Da‘wah and Guidance Office in Jeddah. During Hajj in the year 1417AH/1996CE he was with Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen at King ‘Abdul-‘Aziz Airport in Jeddah. The Shaykh would stand amongst the pilgrims arriving for Hajj carrying out his obligation of da‘wah and teaching. He was then surprised by the arrival of some pilgrims who had come from one of the Soviet Republics, so the Shaykh wanted to speak to them and asked whether they had a translator. The group guide who was a Russian came forward but he did not know that the Shaykh [standing before him] was Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen.

Once he had finished translating, the guide asked, ‘Who is this Shaykh?’ ‘That is Ibn ‘Uthaymeen,’ he was told. [Upon hearing that] he hugged the Shaykh, kissing him and crying. And then he took the microphone and told the entire group of pilgrims that this is Shaykh ‘Uthaymeen, and so tears started flowing from them all, and the guide kept calling out with the mic at the top of his voice, repeating the name of Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen. And the individuals in the group started to give salaam to the Shaykh and kiss him [on his forehead].

The guide [then] said to the Shaykh,

‘These are your students. They used to read your books in the cellars underground during Communist rule.’

From: Al-Jaami’ li-Hayaatil-‘Allaamah Muhammad Ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen, p. 38.