Fruits of Sincerity (Part 1) – Sunday, 30th September 2012
We will never be able to attain high ranks with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) unless we are sincere in every action. Ikhlas (sincerity) is the core of our Ibadah.
Ibn Hazm (Rahimahullaah) said, “Just as the body without a soul is dead, Ibadah without sincerity is fruitless”
So don’t get bored hearing the lecturer talk about sincerity all the time for this is not an easy matter to attain. This is a matter of the heart and any deed without sincerity is not accepted.
The Salaf used to struggle hard to attain sincerity in just one action, so what about us? Nowadays temptations are everywhere and we are so distracted with the Dunya that sincerity is more difficult for us.
Sincerity leads a person to success if he fulfills it, and to hellfire if he doesn’t. A person trying to fulfill sincerity will be a winner with Allah. Since this matter will either lead us to paradise or hell we need to take it into consideration and be concerned about it.
Am I sincere? Why am I doing this? Is it for Allah’s sake? What am I hoping? Is this according to the Sunnah?
We need to ask ourselves these questions before and during performing an action.
What is sincerity?
Ikhlas literally means purification or to purify something. It comes from the word “Khalasa”. In Islamic terminology it is to do a deed purely for Allah’s sake. It is to ignore the people’s watch over you and to keep your eyes on the creator and not the creation. To practice this is not an easy matter, but it is possible. And when Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) sees truthfulness in your heart He will help you attain it. However if you neglect the matter it will become difficult for you.
Many people think that sincerity is only required when we pray, observe hajj, etc. They do not think that sincerity is required in each and every act we do which Allah loves like visiting your neighbor or dutifulness to your parents.
We can achieve abundant rewards from Allah daily by having a good intention but we forget. For example; our children. How many of us take care of our children sincerely hoping for the reward from Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) ?
We have the means of attaining high and great rewards with Allah in our houses! But heedlessness and the Shaytaan make us forget. It is very important not to belittle good deeds as the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said “The morsel of food you place in your wife’s mouth is charity.” [Sahîh al-Bukhârî(1295) and Sahîh Muslim (1628)]
Many spouses do not practice this action anymore, and by doing it sincerely for Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) it is considered an act of charity. Remember that every good deed you perform will be rewarded by Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala), do not wait for an appreciation from the other side.
We have to practice sincerity even when quitting a sin. Some people may start wearing hijab because most people are covering, or because she looks more beautiful in hijab. This is not a good intention and the person will not be rewarded for it. When you quit a sin it should be for Allah’s sake alone. This is the first thing required when it comes to repentance.
What are the fruits of sincerity?
Let’s imagine sincerity as a tree in the heart having a stem and branches. The stem is sincerity and the branches are the deeds. The more you are sincere the more your branches will spread and grow higher. And the more sincerity you have the more fruits your tree will bear, which are sweet and nice in taste and colour.
1) The first most important fruit of sincerity is that the person will attain the intercession of the Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) on the Day of Judgment.
The more sincere a slave becomes, the more he deserves the intercession of the Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam).
It is narrated from Abu Hurairah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) that the Prophet(Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “The happiest person who will have my intercession will be the one who said sincerely (from the bottom of his heart): None is worthy of worship except Allah.” [Al-Bukhari]
What does La ilaha ilallah mean? It means that there is no one that deserves to be loved and worshipped with utmost love and magnification except Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala).
We all say La ilaha ilallah but how many of us say it sincerely? In situations do we love our husband or Allah more? Do we honour our boss more than Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala)?
We are tested with our La ilaha ilallah everyday! Whoever says it sincerely from his heart will deserve the intercession of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam).
2) Exaltation and Elevation in ranks with Allah.
After the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) conquered Makkah, Sa’d ibn abi Waqqas (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) became sick and was afraid he would die in Makkah since he was one of the companions who emigrated to Madinah and wanted the reward of hijrah. The Prophet said (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam), “You will stay alive and many people will benefit from you. For every deed you do seeing the countenance of Allah you will be raised a degree with Allah”
So try to have this intention when you do a deed sincerely for Allah’s sake. These are abundant rewards with Allah yet we are not aware of it.
Ibn Uthaymeen (Rahimahullaah) said “This hadith indicates that Ikhlas in seeking Allahs countenance when spending the money is elevation in ranks with Allah and Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is the one who guides”
Ibn Barr (Rahimahullaah) said “This hadith signifies that deeds will not be purified with Allah except with the intention”
One will not be rewarded with any deed except what he sought of countenance with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala).
3) Working for the sake of Noble goals.
Of the fruits of sincerity is that the sincere person his heart is always attached to the highest goal which is to attain the pleasure of Allah. If Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is pleased with you He will admit you to Paradise. He eyes are always on the reward with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) and as a consequence, every difficult matter becomes easy for him. His concern is to fulfill his duties perfectly regardless of its size. If the people blame him he does not care as he is only concerned with pleasing Allah.
4) It prevents one from showing off.
Sincerity prevents a person from showing off his deed and waiting for the people to appreciate it.
A woman once complained to a Sheikh saying that she was doing her best to please her husband but he never was pleased with her. The Sheikh advised her to do good deeds seeking the pleasure of Allah and not her husband. Some time passed and the woman came back to the Sheikh and said that she was doing less than 1/3rd of what she was doing before, but she did it sincerely for Allah and her husband was pleased with her.
This is as the Prophet said (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam), Whoever sought the pleasure of Allah though it was displeasing to the people then Allah becomes pleased with him, and will make the people please with him, and whoever sought the pleasure of the people though it was displeasing to Allah then Allah becomes displeased with him and will make the people displeased with him [Ibn Hibban/ Tirmidhi]