Nullifiers of deeds (After performing the deed) – Sunday 18th December, 2011
Fadalah ibn Ubaid reported that the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Al Mujahid is the one who strives hard against himself in the worship of Allah and Al Muhaajir is the one who abandons committing sins.”
Attaining sincerity is one of the greatest matters and one of the most difficult matters. Why?
Because you will be fighting against your self, which has desires:
- For desires
- For worldly gain
- For praise
The self desires praise. Therefore, the shaytaan uses these weak points which you like and will overpower the person and prevent them from sincerity. You are not only fighting yourself, but the shaytaan also.
As your faith increases, it bothers the shaytaan. He and his soldiers fight you more, in order to decrease it. This is a continuous struggle till the end of our lives.
What will make you patient?
Remind yourself that this life is only passing, the day when all will be scattered at the sincere ones will be distinguished from the insincere ones. Shaytaan has no power over the sincere ones.
Take yourself into account. Ask yourself ‘For whom are you doing this deed?”
Ibn Qudamah said, “Take care of the nullifiers of your deed. After you finish doing your good deed sincerely you may nullify it.
First nullifier of deed: Self Conceit
1. Self conceit is to remember the favours of Allah. He is the one who inspired us to do the good deed. He is the one who made it easy for us to do that good deed. He will appreciate the deed and reward you for it. You should ask Allah for the acceptance of this good deed.
Allah is the one who made the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) to remain firm. If the slave remembers the ‘minna’, of Allah, then you have to know that Allah has perfected his favour over you.
2. Remember the deficiency of your good deed. Show Allah your deficiency when you say O Allah, I seek refuge with you for what evil I have done I confess and acknowledge you favour upon me, that you bestowed upon me.
وَالَّذِي أَطْمَعُ أَنْ يَغْفِرَ لِي خَطِيئَتِي يَوْمَ الدِّينِ
And who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the Day of Judgment.
3. Many people think that when they do a good deed, they will think that they deserve to be rewarded. Many people consider their deeds as a favour to Allah. We spend a lot of our time with the dunya. Unless Allah is merciful to us, then will we be deserving.
One blessing of Allah will outweigh your good deeds.
الصَّابِرِينَ وَالصَّادِقِينَ وَالْقَانِتِينَ وَالْمُنْفِقِينَ وَالْمُسْتَغْفِرِينَ بِالأسْحَارِ
Those who show patience, Firmness and self-control; who are true (in word and deed); who worship devoutly; who spend (in the way of Allah); and who pray for forgiveness in the early hours of the morning.
4. After you have performed the good deed, do not feel pleased with yourself. Do not feel satisfied or at rest with your deed. Do not think that you have done enough because this can be a nullifier of your good deed. Because Allah’s Right is so great, we will never fulfill it.
After performing the good deed, we should ask forgiveness for any evil that we may have performed. You should ask Allah for forgiveness and acceptance of the good deed and to grant us truthfulness and sincerity.
ثُمَّ أَفِيضُوا مِنْ حَيْثُ أَفَاضَ النَّاسُ وَاسْتَغْفِرُوا اللَّهَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ غَفُورٌ رَحِيمٌ
Then pass on at a quick pace from the place whence it is usual for the multitude so to do, and ask for Allah’s forgiveness. For Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.