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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,

Types Of heart

Just as the heart may be described in terms of being alive or dead, it may also be regarded as belonging to one of three types. These are the healthy heart the dead heart, and the sick heart.

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The Healthy Heart;

Those who come to Allah with a healthy heart on the day of resurrection will be saved. It says in the holy Quran;

“The day on which neither wealth nor sons will be of any use, except for whoever brings to Allah a sound heart.” (26; 88-89)

“It is a heart cleansed from any passion that challenges what Allah commands, or disputes what He forbids; it is free from any impulses which contradict His good. As a result, it is safeguarded against the worship of anything other than Him, and seeks the judgment of no other except that of His Messenger (pbuh). When it loves it loves in the way of Allah. If it detests, it detests in the light of what He detests. When it gives it gives for Allah. If it withholds, it withholds for Allah. Nevertheless, all this will not suffice for its salvation until it is free from following, or taking as its guide, anyone other than His Messenger (pbuh). “That is the definition of a healthy heart.

A servant with a healthy heart must dedicate it to its journeys end and not base his actions and speech on those of any other person except Allah’s Messenger (pbuh)

“Oh you, who believe, do not put yourselves above Allah and His Messenger, but fear Allah, for Allah is Hearing Knowing.” (49; 1)

Now describing The Dead heart;

This is the opposite of the healthy heart as we all are aware of. The dead heart does not know its Lord and does not worship Hum as He commands, in the way which He likes, and with which He is pleased. It clings instead to its lusts and desires, even if these are likely to incur Allah’s displeasure and wrath.

The diseased heart worships other things than Allah, and its loves and its hatreds, and its giving and its withholding, arise from its whims, which are of paramount importance to it and preferred above the pleasure of Allah.

Written by Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah,