Showing Off.

Answered by Shaykh Farid Dingle

Question: Assalamu alaykum

What is the ruling regarding the person who shows off worldly gains and items but does all good deeds purely for the sake of Allah Ta’ala? Is this comparable or in any way compatible with the hadith regarding wearing clothes below the ankle? Also, is it permissible for an individual to migrate to a non-muslim country for pursuit of a halal career that is otherwise unavailable in his place of living?

Answer: Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

It is forbidden to show off in world matters. And yes, it is comparable to showing about one’s expensive clothes and Allah has threatened such people with a terrible punishment.

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Regarding moving to a non-Muslim country, it is not ideal but it is permissible.

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I pray this helps.

Wassalam,
[Shaykh] Farid Dingle

Shaykh Farid Dingle grew up in a convert family in Herefordshire, UK. In 2007, he moved to Jordan to pursue traditional studies. Shaykh Farid continues to live in Amman, Jordan with his wife and kids. In addition to continuing his studies he teaches Arabic and several of the Islamic sciences.

Shaykh Farid began his journey in sacred knowledge with intensives in the UK and Jordan (2004) in Shafi’i fiqh and Arabic. After years of studying Arabic grammar, Shafi’i fiqh, hadith, legal methodology (usul al-fiqh) and tafsir, Sh. Farid began specializing in Arabic language and literature. Sh. Farid studied Pre-Islamic poetry, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, and Andalusian literature. He holds a BA in Arabic Language and Literature and continues exploring the language of the Islamic tradition.

In addition to his interest in the Arabic language Shaykh Farid actively researches matters related to jurisprudence (fiqh) which he studied with Shaykh Hamza Karamali, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, and continues with Shaykh Amjad Rasheed. 

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