SINCERITY (`Ikhlas’ in Arabic)

SINCERITY (`Ikhlas’ in Arabic) – The purification & protection of one’s SPEECH & ACTION, from every blemish of the soul’s desire”

           Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala, send peace and blessings upon our

              Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and his companions,

 

    Al-Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil ‘Alamin was-Salatu was-Salamu ‘alá Asra fil Anbiyaa wal Mursaleen.

       “There is no helper but Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD),

        No guide but (Prophet Muhammad Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) messenger of

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), no provision but Taqwa.

 

The Islamic definition of Sincerity (`Ikhlas’ in Arabic) is:

“The purification & protection of one’s SPEECH & ACTION, from every blemish of the soul’s desire”

 

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) says:

 Deeds of man are mortgaged by his intention and everyone gets what he intends.

 If anybody fights for the Cause of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) his reward is with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) and if one wages a war for worldly gain his reward remains limited only to this world.

 

Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) that The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: Islam began as something strange and will return as something strange as it began, so give glad tidings to the strangers.

Islam appeared as something strange in Makkah where only a few accepted the faith while most showed enmity towards it and rejected The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) whom they harmed along with his Sahaba (Companions of the Prophet) who embraced Islam. Then it reached Madinah the city that those Companions who had the ability migrated to. It continued to be regarded as something strange until the number of Muslims increased in Madinah and other cities. People then embraced Islam in crowds after Allah made it possible for His the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasalaam) to conquer Makkah. Islam was viewed as strange by people at a time when most were heathens associating others with Allah. They worshipped idols, prophets, saints, trees, stones, and the like.

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) guided whom He pleased through His Messenger the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and through his Companions. Thus, they entered Islam, worshipped Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) sincerely abandoning their idols, prophets, and saints. They did not offer prayer, prostrate, or call upon anyone except Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD). They only sought assistance or cure from Him (may He be Exalted and Glorified). They did not supplicate or seek help from the dead, idols, trees, stones, planets, Jinn (creatures created from fire), or angels. Instead, they worshipped Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) (May He be Exalted and Glorified) exclusively. Such are the strangers.

 Towards the end of time there will be those who hold fast to the religion of Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) while others fall by the wayside.

 When, disbelief, disobedience, and evil increase, these strangers will remain obedient to Allah and His religion. They will be granted Paradise and Happiness with a goodly reward in this life and the Hereafter.

 Before we begin any Islamic work, we should `purify’ our intention to make that effort for Allah ALONE –

    Hence we should question why we are doing whatever we are doing – is our Endeavour for some worldly gain, or is it to please Allah, the Most High?

    Our task is to ensure that our works are for Allah alone, and for no other reason whatsoever.

 WHY DO WE START WITH SINCERITY

(It means warding off lethargy and laziness, and exerting one’s effort in making his words goes with his deeds).

 Allah the Almighty says: {O you who believe! Why do you say that which you do not do? Most hateful it is with Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) that you say that which you do not do}. (As-Saff, 2-3)

 

This is because as Muslims, we know that there are TWO conditions for ANY action to be acceptable to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD), and thus be an action that is rewarded by Him.

 

These CONDITIONS are that the action MUST be performed:

– Sincerely for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) alone, on Tawheed:-Islam provides us complete guidance for every aspect of our life.

 It solves all sorts of problems facing humanity now and in the future, be it physical, material or economic, socio-cultural, political, legal, religious and spiritual, and the like. Everything it enjoins us to do is for our own benefit. An example of this is the performance of Salah (Islamic prayers) particularly the five compulsory daily prayers. Allah commands us to perform Salah (2:110; 4:103; 20:14) for our own benefits and not because He needs it as He is free of any need. He does not depend on anyone. Allah alone possesses all power. He is the All-Knowing, the Powerful (42:50), the Almighty, the Wise (59:24). When He desires a thing He only says ‘Be’ and it is (36:82). In other words, nothing is impossible to Him. He is the Cherisher and Sustainer of the Worlds (1:2). All creatures depend on Him (11:6). To Him belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth. He creates what He wills (42:49). He enlarges and restricts provisions to whom He wills (49:12). True prayer is due to Him Alone (13:14). We have to worship Allah Alone (6:102, 103; 11:1-2) because He commands us to worship Him. Allah says:

– According to the Sunnah of His Noble Messenger

 Hence, to ensure that all our actions are SINCERELY for Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) alone is of paramount significance.

 Sincerity to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD):

 Being sincere to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) is of paramount importance in Islam.

There are two aspects to this sincerity. The first of these is sincerity in worship.

 We must worship Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) alone, offering all of our devotions to him and to no other.

The second is sincerity in our belief. We must have absolute faith that Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) alone is our Creator, our Sustainer, and our Lord.

 Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) says: “They were not commanded but that they should worship Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) sincerely and worship none but Him, and that they should perform prayer and pay Zakah.

That is the right religion.” [Surah Al-Bayyinah: 5]

Sincerity to His Book:

 Sincerity to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s Book comprises a number of ideas. We must believe in what the Qur’an tells us and doubt nothing that it says.

We must know that the Qur’an is Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s word that was revealed to The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam).

 Likewise, we must submit to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)’s commands found within it and guide our lives by its teachings. We must believe that the laws enumerated in the Qur’an are the best of laws that can never be rivaled by man-made laws.

 Another aspect of this sincerity is to come to the defense of the Qur’an from those who would aspire to corrupt, abuse, and misinterpret it with their tongues.

Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) has taken the preservation of the Qur’an upon Himself.

However, this does not mean that people will not try to misrepresent it and corrupt how people approach it and understand it.

 Sincerity to Allah’s The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam):

 We must have unwavering faith that The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) is indeed the Messenger of Allah and that everything that he tells us is true. We must obey him in all of his commands and prohibitions. We must know that everything that comes to us by way of The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) comes from Allah, for Allah informs us: “He does not speak of his own accord. It is but revelation that is revealed to him.” [Surah al-Najm: 3-4]

 Allah equates obeying The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) to belief when He says: “O you who believe, obey Allah and obey His Messenger” [Surah al-Nisa’: 59]

 Obedience to the Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) is obedience to Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD).

 Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) says: “Whoever obeys the Messenger has indeed obeyed Allah.” [Surah al-Nisa’: 80]

 He also says: “Whatever the Messenger gives you, take it, and whatever he forbids you, abstain from it.” [Surah al-Hashr: 7]

Sincerity to Allah’s messenger Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) also includes coming to his defense. During his lifetime, this meant literally defending him and physically standing by his side. Today, it means to defend his honor from those who malign it and his Sunnah from those who would disparage it or corrupt it.

 The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said: No slave shows sincerity for forty days except that streams of wisdom begin to flow from his heart to his tongue.Hadith Qudsi, in which Allah, the Most High, says:

“Indeed I am so self-sufficient that I am in no need of having partners –

   Thus, whoever does an action for someone else’s sake as well as Mine, will have that action rejected by Me, to him whom he associated with Me” (Saheeh Muslim)

And Allah says in His Noble Book:

. . . “They were not commanded except with this:

         That they should worship Allah, being completely sincere in the Deen” (Qur’an 98:5)

 

PRACTICAL MANIFESTATIONS OF IKHLAS

 1. It is singling out Allah with one’s intention in all acts of worship

2. It is forgetting the sight of the creation by continual observance of the Creator

 3. It is to hide your good deeds just like you would hide your evil deeds

4. It is the freedom of the desire for nearness to Allah from every blemish or impurity

 

 The Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

Verily for every fact there is a reality and the reality of sincerity is that man does not attain sincerity unless he dislikes praise by the people for his deeds.

 An Arab came to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) and said:

O Messenger of Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD)! Some people wage jihad on the basis of racial or national prejudices and some to exhibit their bravery, and some only for the sake of Allah. In response the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:

 The way of only that person is the Way of Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) who fights for the victory of truth over falsehood.

 It is necessary for us to understand that anything that is not done purely for God and without sincerity gives no benefit to man, rather, it is harmful for the hereafter.

 The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) said:Many a times a man who fasts does not derive anything from his fast except hunger and thirst and many worshippers worshiping during nights will not get from their awakening except sleeplessness.

 The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) has reportedly said:

The reward of every deed depends upon and is according to the intention and it is the intended thing that everyone gets;

So one who migrates toward Allah and His Messenger has his migration toward Allah and His Prophet;

And if one migrates for any worldly benefit or for marrying a woman, his migration is for that thing which he intended.

 There are many narrations on this subject and we should know that nobody is safe from the conspiracy of Shaitan except when under the shade of purity of deed.

The Holy Qur’an says: He said: My Lord! Because Thou hast made life evil to me,

I will certainly make evil fair seeming to them on earth, and I will certainly cause them all to deviate, except Thy servants from among them, the devoted ones.

 At another place Shaitan is quoted: Then by Thy Might I will surely make them live an evil life, all except Thy servants from among them, the purified ones.

 So it is well known that special rewards of the Lord reach only the honest. Likewise it is said about Yusuf (alayhi salaam): Thus it was that We might turn away from him evil and indecency, surely he was one of Our sincere servants.

 It is said about Musa (alayhi salaam): And mention Musa in the Book; surely he was one purified; and he was an apostle, a Prophet.

And remember my friend Sincerity to the common Muslim:

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) teaches us that Islam is a confession from the heart spoken by the tongue, that a true Muslim is one who applies Islamic methods in organizing his personal and social life as well as in his public life.

So, a true Muslim has truthful belief that deserves paradise and Allah’s pleasure.

We should have sincere love in out hearts for our Muslim brothers and sisters. We should greet our fellow Muslims with the greeting of “salaam”.

We must feel joy at the prosperity of the Muslims and feel pain and sympathy for them when calamity befalls them.

We must sincerely advise our fellow Muslims about what is best for them in their faith and their worldly lives and teach them what is right. We must exhort them to what is right and forbid them from what is wrong and do so with the intention that they should benefit from it.

 Sincerity is a topic that is not only the key to Islam, but it is also a subject that the Kuffaar and philosophers have pondered for centuries.

The English have a saying that goes to the effect of: To hunt with the lantern of Diogenes.

Diogenes was a cynical Greek philosopher who lived about 320 years before Prophet Issa alayhi salaam.

He believed there was no sincerity in any human being.

To vividly prove his point, he was said to have gone about the streets of Corinth in broad daylight with a lighted lantern looking for a sincere man.

From here the English coined the term ‘To hunt with the lantern of Diogenes,’ when speaking of a group of people whose sincerity is extremely absent.

Indeed insincerity in our actions is something very dangerous and can lead a person to ruin. Ibn Masud radi Allahu anhu would advise his students, “If your intention is one of these three, do not seek knowledge: To shame the ignorant, to argue with the Fuqahaa’, or to cause people to turn their faces in your direction. Intend with your actions and words that which is with Allah, for indeed that which is with Allah shall remain and everything else shall perish.”

In conclusion, Ibn ul Qayim rahmatullahi said, “Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries dirt in his water-jug. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit.”

 May Allah Ta’aala make us all from those whose deeds are done in accordance with the Sunnah, deeds that are done sincerely for the sake of Allah?

 Please pray for me and ask Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) to forgive me.

  May Almighty Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) guide all of us to His Truth?

  May Allah Subhanahu wata`aalaa grant us what is best in this world and the next!

  Action speaks louder then words my friend’s practice Islam the way of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallaahu alayhi wasallam) did.

  May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) help us to do that which He loves and which pleases Him?

  May Allah Subhanahu WA Ta’aala (GOD) make our efforts sincere and keep us all on the straight path………..

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