Brief Summary on Sincerity – 18th March 2012
Ikhlaas (Sincerity), one of the actions of the heart, and sole core of the servitude. Any action without Sincerity is considered like a body without a soul, i.e. dead, fruitless.
Meaning of Ikhlaas (Sincerity)
Ikhlaas means to purify the dead from every blemish or impurity of the self wills (desires) such as: seeking praise of people, fleeing from dispraise, seeking haughtiness, seeking wealth, etc.
Sincerity motivates the person to perform the deed purely for Allah’s sake, seeking His Pleasure, drawing nearer to Allah (Azza wa Jal) and acting upon His Command (even if this deed is a minor one).
The reason behind this motivation should not be for a worldly gain, but rather to seek the countenance of Allah, doing it out of love for Him, fearing His Punishment and Hoping for His Forgiveness and Reward.
Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) has commanded us in the Qur’an with Sincerity in Surah Al-Baiyinah,Verse 5:
وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ
“And they were not commanded except to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion”
Ikhlaas (Sincerity) in Seeking the Knowledge
The most important thing knowledge that one should seek is the knowledge of the Qur’an and the knowledge that our Prophet (Salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) has left behind.
Gaining a little knowledge with good and correct intention is more beneficial and greater in blessing than abundant knowledge without sincerity.
The Prophet (Salla Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “He who does not acquire knowledge with the sole intention of seeking the pleasure of Allah but for worldly gain, will not smell the fragrance of Jannah on the Day of Resurrection.” [Abu Dawood and authenticated by al-Albani: in Sahih Abi Dawood no:412]
The above hadith warns against acquiring knowledge to make it a means of worldly gain. This person will not smell the fragrance of Jannah in the Hereafter.
What intentions can one have when seeking the Knowledge?
1- Acquire the knowledge for the sake of seeking Allah’s countenance
2- Learn Allah’s laws, obligatory commands, His limits in order to act upon it, and to teach it to other believers
3- Revive the Shari’ah, support the Shari’ah by spreading the religion of Allah among Muslims
4- Enlighten your heart with beneficial knowledge.
5- Beautify your inner-self
6- Seeking nearness to Allah on the Day of Resurrection and attain what He (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala) promised of great reward and grace.
If it happened that a single person was guided through you (could be a muslim or non muslim), that is better for you than all what the sun rises upon.
Imam Ibn sheikh al-Hazzamieen (Rahimahullaah) said: “With this intention, you will become one of the special scholars, whose hearts are enlightened, who gained the fruits of the Knowledge and they are the people who fear Allah.”