Check your intentions
“Deed are according to their intentions.” (Hadith)
So we have to make sure that every good deed we do, we check our intention and make sure we are doing it for the sake of Allah subhanahu wa ta’ala.
This was the tradition of the early Muslims, to always look inside themselves to make sure they are doing things for the right purpose.
Hisham bin Abdul Malik says about his relative Umar bin Abdul Aziz: “I do not think that he would take any step except after he had thought about why he is doing it and what is his intention in doing so.”
O Allah, we ask you to give us sincerity in everything we say and everything we do.
Transcribed from lecture on Tolerance by Imam Anwar al-Awlaki