Riya’a (Part 5) – 25th March 2012
As a true mu’min, we must learn to contemplate on each and every deed we perform. It is required from us to check our hearts and ask ourselves whether these good deeds are really to gain the pleasure of Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala). If our intentions are good and sincere, inshAllah it will be followed by good deeds. Whereas if these intentions are corrupted, the deed will be corrupted.
From time to time, we are afflicted with the hidden diseases of the heart like “Riya’a” (showing off) or Suma’a (talking publicly or spreading about our good actions to others).
Who Among Us Can Discover This Hidden Disease (Riya’a) ?
Only the sincere person is able to detect Riya’a because such a person constantly checks his/her heart before acting or performing any deeds. A sincere person does not look into performing abundant good deeds, but rather, concentrates on little deeds done with sincerety and khushu’. He/she can understand the turning of the hearts.
The person whose concern is his/herself and occupies him/herself with purifying their heart.
Lastly, the truthful person who is truthful with him/herself, can detect the Riya’a. More over, being truthful to oneself is a very important matter, as this differentiates one from being a mu’min to a hypocrite.
Who is a truthful person? The person who confronts himself/herself with her true intentions. This person knows his/her real intention behind performing that deed. However, if one knows the true intention behind their deed and this deed is not pleasing to Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala), then it is advised to either give up this deed up or renew your intention.
If we constantly choose to lie to ourselves instead of finding the remedies for the disease, the sickness of lying will gradually overtake us and become one of our attributes.
Therefore we need to train ourselves in being truthful. We should Always look at the beginning of our deed by asking ourselves questions like ‘what made me to start this particular action?’, ‘ Why am I so keen on performing this particular deed?’, ‘What has motivated me?’, ‘Have I become a truthful person or a liar?’
Some Barakah (blessings) in Having Good Intentions Before Performing A Deed
- High rank in knowledge and action is attained
- Enlightens the heart
- Good condition
- Guidance to the right statement
- High ranks on the day resurrection.
The Prophet (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “‘The reward of the deeds depends on the intentions and everyone will get the reward according to their intentions.”
Drawing near to Allah will not be done, except by being sincere to him in the religion (MAJMOO’ AL FATWA).
Muhammad bin al Hussain Al Ajurri (Rahimahullah) said that this hadith (above) is one of the foundations of the religion. It is not permissible for any Muslim to perform any obligatory or voluntary act except with truthfulness, sincere intention and without Riya nor Sum’ah. His intention should be purely for Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) without associating anyone in it, because Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) will not accept any deed except the one for which His face is sought only. (The Book of Al Arbaa’een Hadith).
In conclusion, whoever intends to do good, seeking high goals that bring him/her closer to Allah, then for him/her is the reward and the complete recompense. And whoever has an intention which is diminished (as well as his goals), his/her reward will be diminished too. Whoever intends other than Allah, with this noble goal, then he has missed the good ( Bahjat Al Quloob Al Abraar).
Brothers and Sisters in Islam, each one of us should correct our intentions before performing any deed. Let us ask ourselves for whose sake are we performing these deeds?