Fruits of Sincerity (Part 3) – Sunday,11th November 2012
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) has granted us many chances for increasing in good deeds and reward. We have come out of the month of Ramadan hopefully with high faith, and Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) has granted us the days of Dhul Hijjah. After every season of obedience we have to check our hearts and Eeman; Did it increase or not? Did we come closer to Allah or not?
This applies to everyone, those who went for Hajj and those who stayed behind.
How do I know if I have increased in faith?
- You have to check yourself during trials. Along with the seasons of obedience come tests. We might have planned a long list of things we would do during these seasons but may have only accomplished half of them. Why? Because many tests had come during these days.
Why did these tests come in these seasons? They come to tell you if you have high faith or weak faith. Check yourself during these trials, how did you behave and what was your attitude? Did you win or lose with Allah?
But do not give up and lose hope. The gate of repentance is always open! If you find you had committed sins then immediately repent to Allah! Do not listen to the Shaytaan and despair in the mercy of Allah. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will expiate the sin you committed and exchange the evil with good. You will never be a loser with Allah!
So sit with yourself and ask yourself what your attitude was during the days of Dhul Hijjah. If you find you had committed some mistakes, immediately ask Allah to forgive you.
We need to increase in faith. Never feel content with the faith you have nor rely on your good deeds. Always take the means to increase in faith and good deeds.
- Check your heart when you hear some of the words like: Death, Jannah, Grave. Will your heart move when you hear them? This is very important because Eman is both a belief and feeling.
If you see that your heart doesn’t move then you have to check your faith for it means that it is weak. If you hear about the hellfire and you immediately seek refuge in Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) then this is a good indication for your faith.
During these seasons of obedience Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) He nurtures His slaves by making them go through trials in order to purify them and upgrade them in faith. When you went through any trials during the season it’s because Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) wants to increase you in reward. When you make Jihad and strive hard against yourself to purify your heart you will be rewarded for it more than the action you do.
Many people were trying hard to concentrate on their Ibadah during these days but remember this struggle is dear to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala), and you may be rewarded for it more than if you worship Allah in a peaceful way and environment. But this needs good thinking about Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala).
We are still in the sacred months. There are more chances of increasing in doing good deeds. So whatever shortcoming has happened in the past, we still have chances given by Allah. Renew your intention and have hope in Allah.
One of the means of increasing faith is knowing about Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) and studying His names and attributes. Our religion is based on this knowledge. The more you know about Allah, the more your faith will increase, you will love Allah more, and your Tawheed will be more correct.
The first condition required to fulfill this word is the knowledge about Allah. The more you know Him by His Names and Attributes the more correct your Tawheed will be.
One of the benefits of studying the names of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is that the actions of the heart are based on the knowledge of Allah.
What do I mean by actions of the heart?
The scholars said the hearts have Utterances and Actions. How does our heart speak? The utterance of the heart is the belief of the heart. Your heart says I believe in Allah being ar-Razzaq. I believe in the angels, the Day of Judgment, etc. Your heart is saying that before your tongue. These are the utterances of the heart.
Then comes the action of the heart, and this is the impact of this belief in your heart. It is the feelings of your heart such as love, fear, reliance, patience, turning to Allah in repentance, thinking good of Allah, etc. These actions will not be perfect unless you know Allah very well.
Example: Your heart says “I believe Allah is Razzaq, that there is no provider except Allah, He provides for all His creation.”
When you go through any situation or crisis then here comes the action of your heart. If your heart stays firm and patient, expecting only good from Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) and believing that He will provide for you sooner or later it means your heart is acting correctly. Your heart remembers that Allah provides for the disbelievers, so He would surely provide for you!
If you lose hope in Allah or your heart turns to the people then that means there is a defect in the action of your heart.
Example 2: A blessing may come to you from someone. Will you attribute the blessing to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) or to someone else?
Example 3: You are asked, “Do you want to go for Hajj next year?” Some people might immediately ask, “How when I have no Mahram, no money, etc?”
If you are a kind of person who knows Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) well, you will know that Allah will provide for you. You will pray and ask him with firm belief even if you don’t have the means. The more you know Allah, the more you will have hope in him.
Your action of the heart should comply with what you say. You say Allah is Razzaq but why do you have desperation in your heart? You need to hope in Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) 100% .
Great reward will be attained according to your action of the heart even if you didn’t do that action with your limbs or tongue.
Abu Dardhaa (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) said, “An eye may shed tears, one drop will expiate the sins like the leaves fall from the tree”
Why did this person shed tears? Out of fear of Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala), He remembered that he will meet Allah one day with no mediator between Him and Allah. He remembered his sins and his heart moved and his eyes shed tears. These tears are very valuable with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala), they expiate the sins of the person like the leaves fall from the trees though the person did not do any actions, just remembered Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala).
The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) told us that one of the seven people whom Allah will shade on the Day of Judgment is a man who remembered Allah in seclusion and his eyes shed tears. [Bukhari]
He remembered Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala), His sins, how Allah has been so merciful to him and he has been committing sins and he felt shy and his eyes shed tears. He will be shaded with a shade created by Allah on a day when there is no shade except that shade.
Don’t belittle the actions of the heart; you will be rewarded for them more than you will be rewarded for the actions of the limbs.
One of the important actions of the heart is Taqwa. The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said Taqwa is here and he pointed to his heart, this means it is an action of the heart.
When are you called a Muttaqi (a pious person)?
When your heart inclines towards what Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is pleased with and overcomes the desires and the whispers of the Shaytaan, and chooses what Allah loves.
In every hour in our daily life we are exposed to fitan (trials). As soon as the heart is exposed to a test two voices will appear. One on side is the voice of Shaytaan and yourself, calling you to what pleases them. And on the other side, your knowledge about Allah and your faith calling to you to what Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) is pleased with. Whichever voice you listen to determines whether you are a pious person or not.
Example: As soon as you open your eyes at Tahajjud you will hear the voices. One saying go to sleep you have more time until fajr. Another voice says get up this is the hour which is more beloved to Allah, you are in a time where you can attain Allah’s love and nearness and forgiveness. Now, if you listen to the voice of Eeeman and you get up you will be considered a Muttaqi. This is a very important matter. Every time you go through this test and you will listen to the voice of Eeman until you will be considered pious, until maybe one or two years you can get up without an alarm, you won’t need someone to wake you up. This is after struggle and Jihad you will reach to that point.
Example 2: You have malice in your heart, you hardly forgive people. If anyone offends you don’t like to forgive and you want to take revenge immediately, this is one of your defects. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will make you go through a trial and you will hear a voice saying “Don’t forgive, He will do it again and again, etc” and another voice saying, “Don’t you love that Allah will forgive you, and Allah is forgiving most merciful”. If you listen to the voice of the Eeman and you will become a pious person. And you will overcome this a little bit. And again Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will make you go through a similar situation, some of the malice will be removed. Again and again until your heart will be purified from this defect.
Many people ask why the same trial comes again and again? This is because Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) wants to purify your heart from that particular sin.
Example 3: You are a stingy person. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will make you go through a test. The Shaytaan and yourself will say you need this money don’t spend it. And your knowledge says if you spend Allah will spend for you and increase it for you and it will become a mountain of reward.
If you listen to the voice of Eeman and knowledge you will overcome the stinginess. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) will make you go through another trial again and again until you become a generous person and your heart will be pure from this sin.
Out of Allah’s mercy He will not make you go through trials and bring out your sicknesses at the same time. Sin by sin, defect by defect He will purify you.
Take care of your heart and the actions of your heart, especially during trials. Your behavior indicates if you are a pious person or you are not. This is a continuous struggle and according to how much you know Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) that much you will win and become a pious person.
The actions of the heart are very important are based on how much you know about Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala).