Preparing for Ramadan (II) – 10th May 2015
We need to perform good deeds with sincerity and remind ourselves of the goal we want to achieve. We must keep the good intention in mind throughout such that we can attain the complete reward of the particular deed.
The heart is called Qalb in Arabic because Qalb literally means turn and the heart is constantly turning. We need to constantly renew our intention and turn our hearts back to Allah to fulfill Tawheed.
In order to do all the good deeds in Ramadan with sincerity, we must train ourselves from now onward.
You can become a sincere person by:
1) Gaining knowledge about Allah
Knowledge about Allah is one of the means of attaining sincerity. The Qur’an is filled with knowledge about Allah’s names and attributes.
We have to have Ihsan when dealing with the Qur’an. It is a guide in our life. We need to recite it with ponderation and contemplation.
It is a secret act of worship. It is an act of worship between you and Allah.
The scholars said that on the Day of Judgement, when people will take their rights and you have to pay the person you wronged with your good deeds, all your other deeds will be taken to pay the person back except for fasting. It is for Allah.
3) Reminding yourself that no one can bring good or drive away evil except Allah
Don’t let your heart be attached to the people. Only Allah can benefit you. We can’t even benefit ourselves unless Allah wills.
4) Constantly remembering the meeting with Allah
Abû Hurayrah relates that the Prophet (SallAllahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Allah says: . . . The fasting person has two occasions for joy, one when he breaks his fast because of his breaking it and the other when he meets his Lord because of the reward for his fast.”
[Sahîh al-Bukhârî (7492) and Sahîh Muslim (1151) with the wording being that of Muslim]
5) Remembering that the reward of a deed is according to your intention
It is what’s in your heart that matters the most. No one knows which deed is accepted by Allah regardless if it is small or major. There are people who built huge mosques but it wasn’t accepted from them because their hearts swayed towards the praise of the people.
6) Remembering that if your heart turns towards the people, Allah can make them displeased with you as He is displeased with you
Your sole concern should be to please Allah. He will make the people pleased with you one day.
7) Knowing that the Shaytan can easily overpower the heart which is void of sincerity
Surat Sad Verse 82 to Verse 83:
قَالَ فَبِعِزَّتِكَ لَأُغْوِيَنَّهُمْ أَجْمَعِينَ
[Iblees] said, “By your might, I will surely mislead them all
إِلَّا عِبَادَكَ مِنْهُمُ الْمُخْلَصِينَ
Except, among them, Your chosen servants.”
8) Knowing that sincerity is a protection
Allah will protect you during hard times if you are sincere. Allah protected Prophet Yusuf (‘Alaihissalaam) due to his sincerity.
9) Knowing that sincerity is a means of forgiveness
On the authority of Anas (may Allah be pleased with him), who said, ‘I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say,’ ‘Allah the Almighty said, “O son of Adam, so long as you call upon Me and ask of Me, I shall forgive you for what you have done, and I shall not mind. O son of Adam, were your sins to reach the clouds of the sky and were you then to ask forgiveness of Me, I would forgive you. O son of Adam, were you to come to Me with sins nearly as great as the earth and were you then to face Me, ascribing no partner to Me, I would bring you forgiveness nearly as great at it.”
It was related by at-Tirmidhi (also by Ahmad ibn Hanbal).