Sincerity and Du’a – 22nd April, 2012
Knowledge is an act of worship which requires sincerity. Even loving each other, visiting each other, sitting together, spending for the sake of Allaah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala), requires sincerity. These are all acts that we do regularly, but what matters is how sincere we are in doing them. We visit each other regularly, but how sincere are we when doing it
Abu Hurairah (rahimahullaah) reported: I heard Messenger of Allah (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying, “Whosoever visits an ailing person or a brother of his to seek the Pleasure of Allah, an announcer (Angel) calls out: `May you be happy, may your walking be blessed, and may you be awarded a dignified position in Jannah (paradise).’“ [At-Tirmidhi].
Another matter that requires sincerity is feeding. Women love to cook and feed. Sisters, this habit can be turned into worship if you do it with sincerity.
Allah says in Surat Al Insan, verse 8-10:
“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.”
“Indeed, We fear from our Lord a Day austere and distressful.“
Allah describes the people of paradise, saying that they give food despite their likeness for it, to the poor and disabled, saying, “We are not feeding you except for the purpose of seeking Allah’s Countenance, we don’t want any reward from you.” They justified that by saying, “We are afraid from our lord, a day that is distressful that will make the faces look horrible.”
These people remind themselves continuously of the Aakhira. Whenever they go through any hard situation in this life, for example, the heat, they remind themselves of the heat on the Day of Judgment. They are always thinking that how they can protect themselves from the discomforts of the Day of Judgement. Allah described these people so that we can learn from them. When the sincere people do good deeds, they don’t wait to receive thanks or blessing from the people; they want it only from Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala).
The Prophet (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever does an act of goodness to you, then compensate him. If you cannot find anything to compensate him with, then supplicate for him until you think that you have compensated him” (Abu Dawud no. 1672).
This is in order not have your heart attached to the person has done good to you. Your heart should be attached to Allah alone. As soon as someone does good to you, give it back to clear your heart from any sort of attachment to him/her.
Save yourself from hypocrisy, riya, self admiration, pride etc. When a person tries his best to purify his heart while he is doing that deed, then that deed will reach Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala). We have to struggle and prevent our hearts from turning towards the praise of the people, and if Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala) accepts that good deed, then the reward will be Jannah inshaAllah. But remember, the Shaitan is standing in our way, he will try his best to prevent even one single deed from reaching Allah, therefore sincerity is not easy, it requires struggle.
We would like to draw your attention to something important while making Du’aa.
Allah says in Surat al A’raf, Verse 55:
“Call upon your Lord in humility and privately; indeed, He does not like transgressors.”
How can one be a transgressor in making Du’aa?
- When the Du’aa is said loudly such that everyone around can hear it (with intention to show off or to make a certain someone hears it), it could also be to seek worldly gain.
- To ask Allah for something you shouldn’t be asking for.
- To ask Allah for something with excessive description (for example: Asking Allah for husband/wife with certain physical appearance, having a certain job with a certain salary etc.)
Allah does not like the Transgressors in Du’aa. He ordered us to call upon Him in private and secret. The Du’aa shouldn’t be said to please people. One of the good manners of the Du’aa is to invoke for the person secretly. You do not need to inform people that you’ve made Du’a for them. It should be a secret between you and Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’ala).
The Prophet (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The supplication that gets the quickest answer is the one made by one Muslim for another in his absence.” [Abu Daw’ud and Tirmidhi]
- The Prophet (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) made Du’aa for his Sahabas (radhia Allaahu ‘anhum) in their presence. There is no harm in making Dua in your brother’s or sister’s presence as long as you are completely sincere and you are doing it from a heedful heart.
- An innovation that is being done at the end of certain study circles: when the lecturer makes the Du’aa out loud and everybody (in unison) says ‘Aameen’.