Religion is Sincerity

Abu Ruqayya Tamim bin 'Aws ad-Dari relates that the Prophet (Peace and blessings be upon him) said: "Religion is Sincerity." We asked: "To whom, O Messenger of Allah?" He said: "To Allah, His Book, His Messenger, and the leaders of the Muslims and to the common Muslim." [Sahih Muslim]

The Fear of Fame: A Lost Characteristic

The scholars and the righteous of this Ummah always feared fame and becoming well-known amongst the people. They would dislike for their name to be mentioned much and you can see one of them fleeing from the people as if they were a fitnah (trial), whilst at other times you can see one get up and leave the circle of knowledge which he was conducting because the numbers became too many.