Fruits of Sincerity (Part 2) – Sunday, 7th October 2012
Al Ikhlaas is the dearest thing in life for a Muslim.
Ibn Hazm (Rahimahullaah) used to say, “As much as I have tried to repel riyaa it grows up in another form”, to express how difficult it is to have sincerity.
And Ibn Qayyim (Rahimahullaah) said,“Deeds without sincerity are like a traveller who carries in his water-jug dirt. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit”
We should always want to have something that will save us from the Hellfire. We should use this as a motivation to practice sincerity.
The scholars have mentioned a few descriptions of the sincere person:
- The sincere person is the one who doesn’t like the people to know about his deeds even if they were small as the size of an ant. To that extent they don’t like the people to know about their deeds.
- He is the one who doesn’t care if he has value in the heart of the people or not. As long as his heart is reformed with Allah.
- The sincere person is the one who the praise and the dispraise of the people is the same for him. It won’t weaken his resolution. Whether the people praise or dispraise him, he continues on his journey having high resolutions.
- He forgets his good deeds. The Shaytaan will try to make you remember your good deeds, but the sincere person is the one who does not think about his good deeds.
- The sincere person is the one who waits for the reward from Allah. When? On the Day of Judgement He will not give in charity and wait for his money to increase, He will wait for his reward on the Day of Judgement.
- He who’s inward and outward are the same. He doesn’t do something if that which is established in his heart is opposite to it. He will not smile at people and bear hatred to them. He will not do good for them and his heart is seeking to gain praise. There is no contradiction in them.
The Salaf used to say, “Whoever beautifies himself to the people by doing something which is not of his character, He will be dropped from the eyes of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala)”
An example: This is like young girls. When they are home alone with their mother they are lazy. As soon as guests come the girl completely changes and shows them that she is an obedient child, when in fact she is not.
So remember who you are dealing with! Allah or your mother? This is a kind of riyaa.
- The sincere person does not ask for a witness for her deeds except Allah. And if the person continues doing that and practicing sincerity, Allah will grant her wisdom. She becomes a wise person. This is not except for the sincere person.
What are the fruits of sincerity?
We discussed four fruits of sincerity last week:
- Intercession of the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam)
- Elevation in ranks
- Difficult tasks will become easy for him.
- It will prevent him from showing off
- Not waiting for the reward from the people.
Whatever good a person does towards the people he would be waiting for the reward from Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). Their lack of appreciation will not affect him in any way. It will neither energize him nor make him upset. This is a very important impact of sincerity, like the pious in Surah Insan verse 9:
(Saying): “We feed you seeking Allâh’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.
If you constantly remind yourself that you are doing this action for Allah’s sake and not for the people you will be training yourself and you will become a sincere person.
Scholars have said that if a person started a good deed but did not finish it for a reason such as sickness or death he will receive his reward in full from Allah because of his sincerity.
6. Attaining Allah’s pleasure.
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will be pleased with him. The evidence is in Surah Layl:
And have in his mind no favour from anyone for which a reward is expected in return,
Except only the desire to seek the Countenance of his Lord, the Most High;
He surely will be pleased (when he will enter Paradise). [Verses 19 – 21]
What did he do such that Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) was pleased with him?
He sought the countenance of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) and did the good deed, not to return a favour, but for the sake of Allah. This is a very important matter.
Ibn Qayyim (Rahimahullaah) said that in this verse there is guidance that pious people do not bear the favour of people on themselves. As soon as someone does something good to them, they immediately return the favour so that they don’t bear the favour as a burden and become constantly concerned about it. Otherwise the person would always be working for the sake of the people and avoid displeasing the people because of their many favours upon her. So she does the good deed only seeking the countenance of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala), not because she owes someone back. This is a very important point if you want to gain Allah’s pleasure.
7. Protection from Fitnah.
If you are really seeking salvation from the fitnah, then you have to practice sincerity. This is the first means.
Shaikh ul Islam (Rahimahullaah) said, “Allah afflicts his believing slave in order to expiate them from their sins. And out of Allah’s mercy with his sincere slave that he drives away from him all kinds of evil that makes Allah angry”
He concluded this from the Story of Yusuf:
And indeed she did desire him and he would have inclined to her desire, had he not seen the evidence of his Lord. Thus it was, that We might turn away from him evil and illegal sexual intercourse. Surely, he was one of Our chosen, guided slaves. [Surah 12 Verse 24]
Shaikh Sa’di (Rahimahullaah) said “This is the means of Allah’s protection for the slave, from inward and outward fitnah”
The inward fitnah are lusts, doubts, and following the desires. They reside in the heart. The outward fitnah are the external evils such as people.
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) mentioned two means for the protection from fitnah. The second means, imploring Allaah with submission and humility, is mentioned in Verses 33 and 34:
He said:”O my Lord! Prison is more to my liking than that to which they invite me. Unless You turn away their plot from me, I will feel inclined towards them and be one (of those who commit sin and deserve blame or those who do deeds) of the ignorants.” [12:33]
So his Lord answered his invocation and turned away from him their plot. Verily, He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower. [12:34]
This is imploring Allah with submission and humility, showing your weakness to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala).
Shaikh Sa’di (Rahimahullaah) says, “Whoever leaves one of these, Allah will leave him to himself, such that he will be empowered by the Shaytaan”