Fruits of Sincerity (Part 4) – Sunday, 18th November 2012
Attending study circles is one of the acts of worship which is most beloved to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). The evidence for this is in Surah Mujadilah verse 11:
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِذَا قِيلَ لَكُمْ تَفَسَّحُوا فِي الْمَجَالِسِ فَافْسَحُوا يَفْسَحِ اللَّهُ لَكُمْ ۖ وَإِذَا قِيلَ انشُزُوا فَانشُزُوا يَرْفَعِ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا مِنكُمْ وَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ دَرَجَاتٍ ۚ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ خَبِيرٌ
In this verse Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) has mentioned that He will elevate those who believed and had knowledge in ranks with Him. Whenever Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) sets a reward for any action or praises the doer you should know that certain action is an act of worship. And every act of worship requires sincerity! We need to have a good intention when we seek knowledge.
Sincerity has fruits, some of which we mentioned before:
- The person who is sincere deserves the intercession of the Prophet Muhammed (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam)
- He will attain the pleasure of Allah
- His sincerity will elevate him in ranks with Allah
- Difficult tasks will become easy for him.
- It will prevent him from Riyaa (showing off)
- It will protect the person from Fitnah
Another fruit of sincerity is:
7) If the person is sincere he will die with a good end.
Evidence: Hudayfah (Radia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever says La ilaha il Allah, seeking Allah’s countenance and his life was ended with it He will enter paradise. Whosoever observes fast seeking Allah’s countenance, and his life was ended with it, He will enter Paradise. And whoever gives charity seeking the countenance of Allah and his life was ended with it, He will enter Paradise”
There is a common ground between these people: They seek Allah’s countenance.
What does that mean? They hope that when they say La ilaha il Allah, or give charity or observing fast they reach Paradise and the pleasure of seeing Allah’s face, just as they see the full moon.
The mindful person should perform good deeds hoping for this reward. Whoever misses this is in a wretched state.
- Removal of fear and grief especially during the time of death and resurrection.
In Surah Baqarah Verse 112:
بَلَىٰ مَنْ أَسْلَمَ وَجْهَهُ لِلَّهِ وَهُوَ مُحْسِنٌ فَلَهُ أَجْرُهُ عِندَ رَبِّهِ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
Yes, but whoever submits his face (himself) to Allah (i.e. follows Allah’s Religion of Islamic Monotheism) and he is a Muhsin (good-doer i.e. performs good deeds totally for Allah’s sake only without any show off or to gain praise or fame, etc., and in accordance with the Sunnah of Allah’s Messenger Muhammad Peace be upon him ) then his reward is with his Lord (Allah), on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
Whoever fulfills these two actions:
- Submitting his face to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala)
Submitting your face to Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) comprises of sincerity. He is doing the deed sincerely for Allah’s sake and no one else, hoping the reward from Allah.
- Is a Muhsin
How can a person be a Muhsin in his deed? Ibn Taymiyah (Rahimahullaah) said, “It is to perform the good deed that Allah commanded and the Prophet (Salla-Allaahu alaihi wa sallam) said and perfecting it”
Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) says in Surah Kahf verse 30:
إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ إِنَّا لَا نُضِيعُ أَجْرَ مَنْ أَحْسَنَ عَمَلًا
This person not only performed the good deed, but he perfected it. Many of us do good deeds but do we perfect it? Starting from the prayer, when you enter it many people they perform prayer just because it is obligatory. It is as if it’s a burden on them. When they are done they believe they have finished their duty. This person is not a Muhsin.
You need to fulfill the khushoo, the practical acts, etc. Ask yourself if you are fulfilling these acts. Whoever is sincere in his religion and performs the good deed with perfection He will have this reward.He will have the reward with his Lord, and no fear and no grief will touch him. When the angels come to take his soul they will give him the glad tidings of Allah’s pleasure. And when the people arise from their graves there will be no fear and grief in their hearts, because Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) promised them this reward.
You should be a Muhsin and perfect every single good deed you do in life, whether it is small or big.
Example: Attending a class. This is an Ibadah which Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) loves. How can you perfect it? Before attending the class you should prepare your heart, free yourself from any obligations so that you may acquire knowledge. You should take care of your body and your cleanliness. You should ask Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) to make it easy for you. These are all indicates that you care and are truthful before you even enter the class.
If any call or appointment comes in the way, you will not just take it lightly and skip the class. This is another indication of your truthfulness.
Do not come for the lecturer, come for Allah’s sake and not for anyone else. Hope the reward from Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala). This should be your attitude when you come.
And you need to perfect this Ibadah during the class by not playing with your mobiles, looking at messages, sleeping without an excuse, drinking or eating.
Example 2: Giving Salaam. This is an Ibadah. You are invoking dua by his name As-Salaam to send safety upon your sister whom you are greeting. To save her in her religion, life and all her affairs, and to send upon her mercy and Barakah!
When you say Salaam Alaikum = 10 Good deeds
Salaam Alaikum Warahmutulah = 20 Good deeds
Salaam Alaikum Warahmutulah Wabarukatuhu = 30 Good Deeds
If a person shortens it in texts “Asa” he did not perfect his salaam. This is not the Sunnah. We should not shorten it. If you are in a hurry, or too tired to write it then it’s not obligatory to commence the greeting. If you don’t want the reward don’t say something that is contradicting the Sunnah. Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala) said in Surah Nisa verse 86:
وَإِذَا حُيِّيتُم بِتَحِيَّةٍ فَحَيُّوا بِأَحْسَنَ مِنْهَا أَوْ رُدُّوهَا ۗ
This indicates it is obligatory to reply. If you perfect the minor deeds then little by little you will take care of the major deeds and you will be considered a Muhsin with Allah.
Example 3: You are entertaining a guest. Will you receive your guest with oily hair? If you wear nice clothes and make your hair and cook something special, this will put a lot of pleasure in the heart of your brother/sister. You are telling him/her with your action that he/she is a special guest. Ihsan is in every action we do.
Example 4: You are giving food to your neighbor. Will you give him/her the left-overs or the best food?
Every little good deed you do with Ihsan will be a means of attain Allah’s love. Sincerity and perfection are two matters required in order to get a reward and die as a Muhsin with Allah (Subhaanahu Wa Ta’aala).