A Warning To The Son Of Adam About The Origins of Evil
Riya', ''showing off '', occurs when a person says or does something for a reasin other than the pleasure of Allah. If pious people - except for those protected by Allah's mercy - are capable of yielding to riya', then what about the common folk ? How will they fare in the faceof their greatest test ? The Prophet Muhammad said:
'' Actions are like vessel. If the vessel's bottom is good, its top is good. But if the vessel's bottom is polluted, then its top is polluted. ''