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.
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. Read the rest of this entry
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? Read the rest of this entry
Reported al-Bukhari that Umar bin al-Khaatab (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: “I heard Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying:
إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ، وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى
“The reward of deeds depend on the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.” [Al-Bukhari: 1/1/1]
As the Month of Ramadan is now at our doors (May Allah make us benefit from this blessed month) let us maximize our reward and remind ourselves of the multiple rewards we can achieve in this blessed month just by making righteous intentions!
“The matter of intention is business with Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala). Your rewards for performing good deeds depends on the multiple intentions you have for a certain deed. Read the rest of this entry
Just like purity and sincerity is required in every act of worship, loving should also be for the sake of Allah. Therefore, loving should be done with a sincere intention.
On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him), who said that the Messenger of Allah (salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: Allah will say on the Day of Resurrection: “Where are those who love one another through My glory? Today I shall give them shade in My shade; it being a day when there is no shade but My shade.” – [Hadith Qudsi, Al Bukhari]
There are certain conditions that have to be fulfilled in order to love someone for Allah’s sake:
- He should be a believer
- They should encourage each other to have a better faith
- They should advise each other for the good
- They should help each other for the sake of Allah (subhanaahu wa Ta’ala)
- Allah loves the person who loves his/her brother/sister more [Related by At-Tabarani] Read the rest of this entry
Did you know that even loving someone is an act of worship which requires sincerity?
Many people claim to love others for the sake of Allah, but do you know what this means? What are the conditions required for love for the sake of Allah? Do we really love each other for the sake of Allah like we claim?
Abu Hurairah narrated in a Hadith that the Prophet Muhammad (salla Allahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever would like to taste the sweetness of faith, let him love a person for the sake of Allah..” [Reported by al-Haakim and authenticated by al-Albani in sahih at- Targheeb wat- Tarheeb no 3012]
This Hadith indicates that if you want to taste the sweetness of faith, you should love a person for the sake of Allah. Not everyone can taste the sweetness of faith. Your love for a person should be purely for Allah’s sake, sincerely for him with no worldly interest between you and him.
So, how can we love sincerely for Allah? Read the rest of this entry
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) ?
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.
The person whose concern is his/herself and occupies him/herself with purifying their heart.
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
What should a person do in order to gather his/her heart upon a good (righteous) Niyyah (Intention) ?
First– You need Knowledge.
What makes most of the people lose their ‘Sincerity’? Their Ignorance. They do not know how to perform the acts of worship. So first, it is important for us to know what is Sincerity .ٳخلاص
Al Manaawi (Rahimahullah) said:
“Al Ikhlaas is purifying the heart from every blemish, [or defect, flow, fault] that disturbs its clarity. Read the rest of this entry