How can one attain ‘Sincerity’? (Part 1) – 23rd Oct. 2011
What should a person do in order to gather his/her heart upon a good (righteous) Niyyah (Intention) ?
First– You need Knowledge.
What makes most of the people lose their ‘Sincerity’? Their Ignorance. They do not know how to perform the acts of worship. So first, it is important for us to know what is Sincerity .ٳخلاص
Al Manaawi (Rahimahullah) said:
“Al Ikhlaas is purifying the heart from every blemish, [or defect, flow, fault] that disturbs its clarity.
So you should get rid of every blemish, from your heart to purify your heart from sickness that makes your heart to turn to other than Allah.
The above can only be done if you know what are the sicknesses that could inflict your heart? What are the movements related to your heart?
In this way you will fulfill the sincerity which is the true intention with Allah (Azza wa Jal).
The Sincere Person intends to draw closer to Allah and no one else when performing the good deed. He does not seek the fame or praise of people or any worldly gain except seeking the nearness to Allah (Azza wa Jal). So he purifies his deed from the seeking attention of people or attaining worldly gain.
The Knowledge required for you to learn are:
- The movements of your heart
- The sicknesses that could be in the heart, which blemish your sincerity, such as Riyaa’ (show off).
- Learning about the Names of Allah (Azza wa Jal) & His Attributes.
Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says in Surat al-Baqarah, Verse 235:
وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّ اللّهَ يَعْلَمُ مَا فِي أَنفُسِكُمْ فَاحْذَرُوهُ
“And know that Allah knows what is within yourselves, so beware of Him.”
Allah (Subanaahu wa Ta’ala) knows and is watchful over what is established in the heart of His slave. Knowing that Allah is As-Sami’e (All hearer), Al-Baseer (All Seer), al-Aleem (All Knower), etc will keep you on sincerity.
Bear in mind that one’s ignorance about the Names of Allah makes the heart to turn to other than Him.
Second– Being Patient and Seeking Allah’s Help.
What is meant by being patient?
- To be patient when purifying the heart from seeking (the will of) others than Allah.
- To be patient in preventing your heart from turning to other than Allah.
When you are struggling with your heart, you need Isti’anah, continuously invoking Allah to protect you from Riyaa’.
Third- Truthfulness in seeking the hereafter.
The human’s self may make him think he is seeking the pleasure of Allah by his deed while in fact he is lying to himself. You need truthfulness before starting any good deed, it should be the one to motivate you to do the action (deed). Whereas sincerity, it is practiced while doing the deed.
You should be truthful in seeking Allah’s Pleasure and when you perform what pleases Him, don’t turn right or left seeking someone else besides Him.
For example, you decided to visit a sick person with your sister. You’ve set a date together. The truthful one is the one who prepares herself for that moment in advance such that when the time comes, she is ready. While the liar, is the one who delays the preparation till the last moment and then she apologizes that she cannot make it.
How can one attain truthfulness in seeking the Hereafter?
1- Thinking and reflecting on the reality of this life and the fact that it will perish.
Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) has mentioned repeatedly in His book the description of this worldly life. You read every Friday Surat al-Kahf in which Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) says in verse 45:
وَاضْرِبْ لَهُم مَّثَلَ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا كَمَاء أَنزَلْنَاهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ فَاخْتَلَطَ بِهِ نَبَاتُ الْأَرْضِ فَأَصْبَحَ هَشِيماً تَذْرُوهُ الرِّيَاحُ وَكَانَ اللَّهُ عَلَى كُلِّ شَيْءٍ مُّقْتَدِراً
“And present to them the example of the life of this world, [its being] like rain which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the earth mingles with it (i.e. absorbs it, becomes fresh and green) [then] it becomes dry remnants (broken pieces), scattered by the winds. And Allah is ever, over all things, Perfect in Ability.”
In Surat al-Hadid, Verse 20:
اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرّاً ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَاماً وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ
Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.
So what will make you truthful in seeking the (the reward) in the Aakhiraah is contemplating on the fact of this worldly life.
2- In order to be truthful, you should be afraid of the bad end, the torment in the grave etc and knowing that people will be resurrected on the Day of Judgment according to their Niyyahs. Every slave will be resurrected according to what he died upon. If your deed was not purely for Allah’s sake, then in your grave, this deed will be presented to you in the form of an evil person.
Accordingly, what will make one to be truthful (repelling the Riyaa) is one’s fear of the bad end.
3-Putting Aakhiraah infront of your eyes, looking at the bliss (delight) of the sincere people in it and looking at the disgrace of those who show off.
Bear in mind that the Paradise is made up of 100 degrees, the distance between each degree is like the distance between the heaven and the earth.
The Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Paradise is made of bricks of silver and bricks of gold, the cement is musk, its stones are pearls and Rubies. It’s sand is saffron, whoever enters it will be blessed and never be miserable, will be immortal, their clothes never become old, nor they grow old.” [Sahih al-Jami’e 3116]
Al Bukhaari (Rahimahullaah) said that Abu Hurairah (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“Allah said, ‘I have prepared for my pious worshipers such things as no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard of, and nobody has ever imagined of, all that is reserved, besides which all that you have seen, is nothing.” [Agreed upon]
4- Being afraid of Allah’s detest, Allah’s Anger. Being afraid of losing the reward or your deed rendering in vain.
The people are nothing. Don’t seek honor, nobility with people and you have no dignity with Allah.