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Ikhlaas..is it there??

Umm Mu'tasim October 10, 2010 2

Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem

Sincerity towards Allaah – Ibn Taymiyyah

All praises due to Allaah, the most high, we praise him and seek his assistance. We ask him for his forgiveness and take refuge in him from the evil within ourselves and from the evil of our deeds. I bear witness that there is no God but Allaah the most merciful, alone, he has no partner and I bear witness that Muhammad is his servant and last messenger, may blessings and peace be on him and on his family and on his companions.

As salaamu aleykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakaatuhu.

ikhlaas = sincerity…..something we all find difficult.

Amir al-Mu’mineen Abu Hafs ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab, radiya’llahu ‘anhu, said, “I heard the Messenger of Allaah, may Allaah bless him and grant him peace, saying, ‘Actions are only by intentions, and every man has only that which he intended…..1

Imam Ash shafiee said that this hadith is a third of all knowledge. Therefore how great is the intention, how important is the intention and what will become of our actions when it has departed from us. When a person perfects and purifies his intention then naturally his actions become sincere , as for a person whose hearts incline towards and are overwhelmed by worldly matters, they find this difficult to accomplish and even obligatory actions prove to soon become difficult and tiresome.

Be wary O muslims that your sincerity towards your Lord is unsafe from impurities..so renew your intention again and again and again. Remember who you stand before in salaat, acknowledge that the all hearing, the all seeing Lord knows all that we harbour in our defective hearts and be certain that Allaah is all aware of what you do. Often the stresses of our daily lives follow us around constantly….ever had that bothersome problem that occupies your thoughts endlessly sometimes even finding your mind drifting over this matter throughout the duration of your salaat. What is wrong with us, where has our logic and knowledge disappeared too…Allahaul musta’an have we forgotten who are Lord is.

Indeed if we contemplated over our Lord and his beautiful attributes more frequently and if we ascertained his ability then surely we would find ourselves most absorbed and concentrated and in a mixture of hope and  fear. Indeed the most astute of the slave of the most merciful would forget his problems and issues as they would have realized that only Allaah is able to solve their problems thus logically they would focus all their attention onto him.

Let us not find ourselves amongst the ignorant and ungrateful, lest all of our efforts be nullified and oh what a sorry state we shall find ourselves in on that the day where all souls shall be gathered and examined for what they used to do.

As Allaah says in the quran:

‘And something will come to them from Allaah which they had never anticipated, for the evil of their deeds will become apparent to them. 2

And also:

‘Shall We tell you who will lose most in respect of their deeds? Those whose efforts were astray in the life of this world, while they thought that they were doing good works.’ 3

By Allaah if that ayaat does not make you think or create a shiver in your heart then certainly some evaluation of yourself on your part is due.

When this worship is contaminated with any intention of showing off or seeking a good reputation, it becomes invalid and its reward is lost.As someone said it is much harder for the people to purify their intentions than to execute any of their actions. In order to be truly sincere one has to give up the worldly desires and devote himself to the love of his Lord. He has to contemplate on the next world that is to come and this would leave no place in his heart for the love of this world.

The Sahabah, the best generation of this ummah, were afraid of being insincere and hypocrites. Imam Bukhari mentioned on the authority of Abu Maleeka that he said: ‘ I met thirty of the companions of Muhammed (peace and blessing of Allaah be upon him), every one of them fears for himself from hypocrisy. So ask yourself how sincere are my actions of worship. We must evaluate our actions to make sure that they are sincerely for the sake of Allaah (swt).

May Allaah, exalted is he, make us amongst those whose actions are sincerely for his sake. Aameen.

[Inspired and some taken from "the purification of the soul" complied from the works of Ibn rajab, Ibn al qayyim and Abu hamid al-ghazali]. May Allaah be pleased with them all.

All things correct are from Allaah and all errors are from myself and shaytaan. wAllaahu ta’ala ‘Alam.

Footnotes:

  1. Bukhari and Muslim
  2. Az-Zumar 39:47-48
  3. Al-Kahf 18:103-104

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  1. Umm Yusuf November 10, 2010 at 3:01 am Reply Tweet

    SubhanAllah was thinking about this myself today….JazakAllah khair for the reminder.


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  2. Umm Mu'tasim December 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm Reply Tweet

    wa-iyyaki umm yusuf

    Want to share something i recently read:

    Allah has described the sincere in one verse, in which He says (interpretation of the meaning):

    “It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, and each and every act of obedience to Allaah) that you turn your faces towards east and (or) west (in prayers); but Al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allaah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the kinsfolk, to the orphans, and to Al-Masaakeen (the poor), and to the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and to set slaves free, performs As-Salaah (Iqaamat-as-Salaah), and gives the Zakât, and who fulfil their covenant when they make it, and who are patient in extreme poverty and ailment (disease) and at the time of fighting (during the battles).” Then Allah says, after listing all these attributes: “Such are the people of the truth and they are Al?Muttaqoon (the pious)”

    [al-Baqarah 2:177].

    Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    This verse includes a number of great meanings, important principles and sound beliefs.

    Tafseer Ibn Katheer, 1/485.

    Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Sa’di (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Such” means those who have the characteristics mentioned, such as good beliefs and actions which are the effect, evidence and light of faith; the morals and manners which lend dignity to man and are the essence of humanity. These are the ones who are “the people of the truth”, whose faith is sincere, because their actions confirm their faith. “And they are Al?Muttaqoon (the pious)”, because they refrained from what is forbidden and did what is enjoined, because these things include all good attributes by implication, and because fulfilling one’s covenant is the essence of the entire religion, and because the acts of worship mentioned in this verse are the greatest acts of worship and the one who does them will undoubtedly do other acts of worship. They are the righteous, the sincere people of truth, the pious.

    Tafseer al-Sa’di, p. 83

    Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-‘Uthaymeen (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    Among the things we learn from this verse is that what is mentioned is true sincerity towards Allah and towards His creation, because Allah says: “Such are the people of the truth”; they are sincere towards Allah, as on the basis of these good beliefs they establish faith and belief in Allah, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book and the Prophets, and they establish prayer, pay zakaah, and give what is dear to them to the charitable causes mentioned. As for their sincerity towards Allah's creation, that is included in the words of Allah: “who fulfil their covenant when they make it”, which is one of the signs of sincerity. Hence Allah says: “Such are the people of the truth”, as they are sincere in their beliefs, in their interactions with Allah and with other people.

    Tafseer Soorat al-Baqarah, 2/293, 294

    Ibn al-Qayyim (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

    A person can have nothing more beneficial than sincerity towards his Lord in all his affairs, along with sincerity of resolve, so he should be sincere towards Him in his resolve and in his actions. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning): “And when the matter (preparation for Jihaad) is resolved on, then if they had been true to Allaah, it would have been better for them” [Muhammad 47:21]. So his happiness lies in sincerity of resolve and sincerity of action. Sincerity of resolve means certain desire to do an action and not hesitating to do it. If his resolve is sincere, all that is left is sincerity of action, which is doing one’s best and striving one’s utmost when doing it , and not letting anything, outward or inward, hold him back from it. Resolve of purpose prevents him from becoming weak-willed and sincerity of action prevents him from becoming lazy or lethargic. If a person is sincere towards Allah in all his affairs, Allah will give him more than He gives to others, and this sincerity results from true love of Allah and true trust in Him. So the most sincere of people is the one who is loves Allah most and puts most trust in Him.

    Al-Fawaa’id, p. 186, 187

    Islam QA

    i ask Allaah to make us of those who sincerely remember him at all times, all day and every day for the remainder of our lives. Ameen.


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