Sincerity (Ikhlaas)

Ikhlas (sincerity) is to do everything, internal and external, only desiring the pleasure of Allah. It is to forget the eyes of the people, and whether they view your deeds or not, with the only thing on your mind that Allah is watching you. There are beautiful verses in the Quran in this regard, where Allah describes the righteous in Paradise:

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{They [are those who] fulfill [their] vows and fear a Day whose evil will be widespread. And they give food in spite of love for it to the needy, the orphan, and the captive, [saying], “We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. We wish not from you reward or gratitude} (Al-Insan 76:7-9)

Sincerity needs to be performed according to the Sunnah of the prophet,

may Allah bless him and grant him peace.

“And they have been commanded to worship only Allah, being sincere towards Him in their religion.” (98; 5)

There are three things that strengthen the heart, and whoever distinguishes should feel no enmity and malice;

  1. Devoting ones actions to Allah,
  2. Giving counsel to the Imams of the Muslims,
  3. Being loyal to the majority2

These three things stated is meant the strengthen the heart, and whoever distinguishes

A servant can only free himself from shaytan through sincere devotion. Devotion is when one starts to purify the heart form all impurities, whether small of big few or many. Allah says in the holy Quran

“Except those of your servants who are sincere” (38.83)

Such a person should be devout in all their actions this can only come from the love of Allah. Actions such as eating, drinking and answering the cause of nature.

With rare expectations, anyone who is not like this will find the door of devotion closed in his face.

The everyday actions of a person who is overwhelmed by his love for Allah and the akhira are characterised by this love and they are in fact pure devotion. In the same way, anyone whose soul is overwhelmed by love for and preoccupation with this world, or status and authority, will be it prayer or fasting, will be acceptable except in very rare case.

“And something will come to them from Allah which they had never anticipated, for the evil of their deeds will become apparent to them. (39; 47-48)

“Say; 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 food works.” (18; 103-104)

This is referring to sincere devotion only for Allah’s sake and not for the eyes of the people.

It has been related that man was used to praying in the first row in the mosque. One day he was late for the prayer and had to pray in the second row.  Feeling embarrassment when people saw him in the second row.  People were admiring him for being in the first row. He realised his satisfaction of the heart that he used to gain from praying in the first row were due to his seeing him there admiring him for it. This is a subtle and intangible condition and actions are rarely safe from it. Apart from those who Allah has assisted, few are aware of such delicate matters. Those who do not realise it only come to see their good deeds appearing as bad ones on the Day of Resurrection.

Yaqub said; “A devout person is someone who conceals things that are good, in the same way that he conceals things that are bad.”

Ayyub said; “It is much harder for the people of action to purify their intentions than it is to execute any of their actions.”

Some people have said; “To be devout for a short while is to survive forever, but devotion.

Written by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah,

About Akhi Soufyan

If you see goodness from me, then that goodness is from The Creator. You should be thankful to The Creator for all of that. Cause I'm not the architect of that. I'm only the...the recipient. If you see weakness or shortcoming in me it's from my own weakness or shortcoming. And I ask The Creator and the people to forgive me for that. _______________________________ Website eigenaar voor een betere wereld en doel, niet gericht op verdiensten van geld maar goede daden. In de naam van Allah, de Barmhartige. Als je goedheid van mij ziet, dan is dat de goedheid van de Schepper (God). Wees De Schepper dankbaar voor dat. Want ik ben daar niet de architect van, ik ben alleen de ontvanger.

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