HOW TO RECOGNIZE PIETY?
Someone once asked Hadhrat Shafeeq bin Ibraheem (R.A), "People call me a pious person. How can piety be recognized?"
The reply was, “It can be recognized by three factors. These are:
1. Explain your inner condition to the pious people. If they are satisfied, then you are pious, otherwise not.
2. Offer the world to your heart. If it refuses the world then you are pious, otherwise not.
3. Offer death to yourself. If you are pleased with it, then you are pious, otherwise not.
If a person has these three qualities, he should thank Allah and display humility. He should then never allow ostentation to infect his actions, for this will pour water over all that he does."