the Name of Allaah, the Entirely Merciful, the Especially Merciful.
is the reality of this Deen (Religion) and the key in the possession of all
those that call on to the Path of Allaah and aspire to earn the Ultimate reward
of a good life in this world, a resting place in the grave and a favorable
decision on the Day of Judgment.
Messenger of Allaah (peace be upon him) said: "Whoever acquires knowledge by which the
pleasure of Allaah is sought, but he only acquires it for the purpose of
worldly gain, will not smell the fragrance of Paradise on the Day of
Ikhlas (sincerity) a man seeks the pleasure of Allaah even with little deeds
while with Riya' (show off) a man earns the wrath of Allah even with many
said, Ikhlas (sincerity) cannot coexist in a heart which embraces the love of
praise and commendation, nor the yearning to obtain that which is possessed
amongst the people, save in the manner that fire and water, or a lizard and
fish may coexist.
person’s intention may be noble or evil. However, for the believer, the goal is
to make his intention, that is, the motive for his deeds, purely for the sake
doing anything, one must ensure that he is doing it purely for the sake of
Allaah. If he fails to attain that then he will either be guilty of a major
shirk (which takes him out of the pale of Islam) or a minor shirk (Riya’ i.e.
the advices of the scholars is that if a servant strives against himself until
he does not care about life and the praise and commendation of people and
dedicates all his worship to Allah The Almighty, he will be one of the people
of sincerity whose every action, word, love and hatred is for the sake of Allah
The Almighty alone.
great importance also is for a believer not to seek a great status in the
hearts of people, nor desire to escape from their blame for speaking the truth.
If he turns into such a person, he will be the most powerful person.
ibn Abi Hind fasted for 40 years without his family knowing, he would take his
lunch out with him and donate it in the street. Siyar Vol. 6 p378.
of us today will tell the world via social media that we are fasting the
voluntary fast and here was a salaf (pious predecessor) who fasted 40 years without his family
knowing, a spiritual secret between him and Allaah worthy of complete reward
is reported that when Ibn Abi Layla prayed [at night], if someone entered [his
house], he would lie down on his bed [as if he was sleeping].
the author of "Suwarun min hayaati-t-Tabi'n" wrote that Urwa bin
Zubayr read a quarter of the Qur'an from the Mushaf during the day and he will
recite a quarter from memory at night. Don't ask me how long he did this.... it
was narrated that Urwa read conservatively half of the Qur'an daily for more
than fifty years of his life.
are warned against teaching people just to receive praises from them and
hankering after titles reserved for sincere scholars.
are warned against spending on the poor just to be known and celebrated as
are warned against fighting for the cause of Allaah just to be known as a
that hide their righteous deeds as they hide their sinful deeds and seek only
for Allaah's pleasure, Allaah has prepared for them what eyes have not
the Day of Judgment, Allaah will call out on His servants that used to obey Him
in seclusion even though they didn't see Him and will be pleased with them.
al-Qarni conservatively is said to be the best of Tabi'in but he was reported
to have said that his greatest aspiration was to live among the people without
them knowing him.
Hajar quoted al-Khattaabi that: whoever does something that is not sincerely
for the sake of Allaah, merely wanting people to see him and hear him, will be
punished for that – Allaah will expose him and make known what he is
bin `Abdullah al-Tustarî was once asked, “What is that which is most difficult
for the soul [to attain]?” He answered, “Ikhlas, because [the self] does not
get anything out of it.”
Allaah, we seek refuge with You from knowingly associating anything with You,
and we seek Your forgiveness for that which we do unknowingly
Allaah make us successful through this Deen and may Allaah make this Deen
successful through us.
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