Fame is not a virtue in Islam
Many a times, we judge people by certain societal criteria and external factors, but is this really the most accurate way of judging people? Let’s see by recalling this hadith.
Narrated Sahl bin Sa`d As-Sa`id:
A man passed by Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) and the Prophet (ﷺ) asked a man sitting beside him, “What is your opinion about this (passer-by)?” He replied, “This (passer-by) is from the noble class of people. By Allah, if he should ask for a lady’s hand in marriage, he ought to be given her in marriage, and if he intercedes for somebody, his intercession will be accepted. Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) kept quiet, and then another man passed by and Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) asked the same man (his companion) again, “What is your opinion about this (second) one?” He said, “O Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ)! This person is one of the poor Muslims. If he should ask a lady’s hand in marriage, no-one will accept him, and if he intercedes for somebody, no one will accept his intercession, and if he talks, no-one will listen to his talk.” Then Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “This (poor man) is better than such a large number of the first type (i.e. rich men) as to fill the earth.” [ Sahih A Bukhari]
Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, Allah loves a servant who is righteous, independent, and obscure.”
Source: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2965
Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Muslim