Madah – love of praise

Disease: Madah (love of praise)

Love of praise for other than what Allah has praised them for. It is okay to be praised for what you have done, but don’t even desire it except from Allah. Madah that’s haraam is flattery. That’s why the Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said “throw dust at the face of Flatterers”.  Telling someone genuinely that you have done something well, and them accepting it is not blameworthy.

Tamaa is the reason people praise others, and like to be praised for what they didn’t do.

A good example of this is in situations of higher education, where you have Professors getting praised for work solely done by their graduate students, or in Corporations where the manager gets the praise for the team work, or governments, etc.

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