Category Archives: Nullifier of the Deeds

Sins that can nullify your deeds (after or during)

Purification of the Heart’s Sicknesses (Love of Praise & Showing off – The Remedy)

Read Part 1 of this post: Purification of the Heart’s Sicknesses using the Name of Allah: Al ‘Aleem

It is from man’s nature to love to be praised. Allah created us with this. But instead of seeking the praise of Allah, some people tend to direct it to other than Allah.

The love for praise and showing off are sickness of the heart. This post talks about some of the remedies that those suffering from this sickness can follow in order to be healed from it completely. Read the rest of this entry

Purification of the Heart’s Sicknesses using the Name of Allah: Al ‘Aleem

The Scholars said that the Name Al -‘Aleem العليم  is the greatest warner and admonisher. It is mentioned about 150 times in the Qur’an.

If you know the meaning of this Name, it will purify your heart from sicknesses. Allah mentions in 11 verses in the Qur’an, that He is “عليم بذات الصدور”; which means that Allah knows what is in the breast. The breast (heart) encompasses our beliefs, wills, intentions, and resolutions, as well as the sicknesses of the heart; and Allah knows about it all in detail. No heart beats for the blink of an eye (i.e. nothing is missed), but Allah knows about that movement, whether that movement was for Him or for other than Him. We have to keep watch over our hearts. Read the rest of this entry

Riya’a (Part 6) – 1st April 2012

How Can You Fight the Riya’a?

1- Gaining Knowledge

  • about Allah (His Names and Attributes.)
  • about yourself.
  • about the reality of the people.

2- Jihad (Self Struggle)

Riya’a is an affliction that comes to everyone. You would be wrong if you think you are free from Riya’a. The Prophet (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) feared Riya’a for his companions, who were perfect in their faith. He feared for them the Riya’a more than the anti-christ (Dajjal.)

This fact should make you strive hard against Riya’a. When the thought of Riya’a passes your mind, repel it by reminding yourself about Allah (and what you know of His Names and Attributes) and remind yourself about the reality of people.

3- Good Companions

Another thing which will help you fight the Riya’a is having good companions. Read the rest of this entry

Riya’a (Part 5) – 25th March 2012

As a true mu’min, we must learn to contemplate on each and every deed we perform. It is required from us to check our hearts and ask ourselves whether these good deeds are really to gain the pleasure of Allah (Subhanaahu wa Ta’ala). If our intentions are good and sincere, inshAllah it will be followed by good deeds. Whereas if these intentions are corrupted, the deed will be corrupted.

From time to time, we are afflicted with the hidden diseases of the heart like “Riya’a” (showing off) or Suma’a (talking publicly or spreading about our good actions to others). 

Who Among Us Can Discover This Hidden Disease (Riya’a) ?

  1. Only the sincere person is able to detect Riya’a because such a person constantly checks his/her heart before acting or performing any deeds. A sincere person does not look into performing abundant good deeds, but rather, concentrates on little deeds done with sincerety and khushu’.  He/she can understand the turning of the hearts.

  2. The person whose concern is his/herself and occupies him/herself with purifying their heart.

  3. Lastly, the truthful person who is truthful with him/herself, can detect the Riya’a. More over, being truthful to oneself is a very important matter, as this differentiates one from being a mu’min to a hypocrite. Read the rest of this entry

Riya’a: Nullifier of the Deeds – Sunday, 15th Jan 2012

Riya’ is more destructive than a wolf to a flock of sheep.

Narrated Ka’b bin Maalik al-Ansaari (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) that Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Two hungry wolves sent in the midst of a flock of sheep are not more destructive to them than a man’s greed for wealth and fame is to his religion. (Al-Tirmidhi and authenticated by al-Albaani in Saheeh at-Tagheeb wat -Taheeb #1710)


1. The sound religion is free of this greediness. Read the rest of this entry

Riya’a: Nullifier of the Deeds (Part 4) – Sunday, 8th Jan. 2012

Because of the importance of  Sincerity, the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) used to say after every obligatory prayer:

لا إله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له ، له الملك ، وله الحمد وهو على كل شئ قدير ، لا حول ولا قوة إلا بالله ، لا إله إلا الله ، ولا نعبد إلا إياه له النعمة وله الفضل وله الثناء الحسن لا إله إلا الله مخلصين له الدين  ولو كره الكافرون- [Muslim] 

‘None has the right to be worshipped except Allah, alone, without partner, to Him belongs all sovereignty and praise and He is over all things omnipotent. There is no might nor power except with Allah, none has the right to be worshipped except Allah and we worship none except Him. For Him is all favour, grace, and glorious praise. None has the right to be worshipped except Allah and we are sincere in faith and devotion to Him although the disbelievers detest it.’

“La ilaha illa Allaah wah dahu la shareeka lahu, lahu al mulku wa lahu al Hamdu, wa Huwa ‘ala Kuli shay’in Qadir, La Hawla wala Qu’wata illa billaah, La ilaha illa Allaah, wa la na’a budu illa ‘Iyah, lahu an-ni’ma wa lahu al fadhlu, wa lahu an thanaa’ al Husna, La ilaha illa Allaah, Mukhliseena lahu ad Deen wa law kari’ha al Kafiroon”

Last week, we ended the post with a Hadith which was an evidence that Riyaa’  can be a reason for the person to enter Hell Fire. Read the rest of this entry

Nullifiers of the deeds (Riya’a) – Sunday,1st Jan. 2012

Riya’ is the hidden shirk.

Mahmood Bin Lubaid (Radhiya Allahu anhu) narrated that Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa salam) said: “Indeed, the thing that I fear most for you all is the minor shirk.” He was asked about it and he said: “Ar-Riya’ (Showing off).

Allah will say to them on the Day of Resurrection after recompensing the people for their deeds – Go to those whom you were showing off our deeds to, let them recompense you. [Reported by Ahmed and authenticated by al-Albani in Saheeh at-Tagheeb wat-Tarheeb no. 32)

Riya’ means:  A man pretends in front of the people that he is pious, or performing righteous good deeds,perfecting his Salaat,etc, so that  he may be praised or seen. Read the rest of this entry

Nullifiers of the deeds (Riya’a) – Sunday 25th Dec. 2011

One of the grievous nullifiers of the sincerity is the Riyaa’.

Allah says about the hypocrites in Surat an-Nisa’ (4:142),

إِنَّ الْمُنَافِقِينَ يُخَادِعُونَ اللَّهَ وَهُوَ خَادِعُهُمْ وَإِذَا قَامُوا إِلَى الصَّلاةِ قَامُوا كُسَالَى يُرَاءُونَ النَّاسَ وَلا يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ إِلا قَلِيلا

And when they stand up to pray, they stand with laziness and to be seen of men, and they do not remember Allah but little.

Riyaa’ is  one of the characters of the hypocrites who are detached from Allah, the Lord of Alameen. The hypocrites are the ones  in the lowest depth of Hell fire as they used to be in the lowest depth of manners. [Al-majmoo’a al-kamilah by sheikh as-sa’dee Rahimahullah] Read the rest of this entry