“Strive to become Allah’s sincere devotees.”
Strive to become Allah’s sincere devotees. On the one hand there should be no worldly act that is not done as an act of servitude to Allah, not even such acts as sleeping, eating, dressing, speaking and laughing. The Prophet, blessings and peace be upon him, engaged in all these acts. But he was God’s devotee par excellence. As a consequence of that, every facet of his life, even the most ordinary of chores, was an act of devotion to Allah. It is important that every act of life should be for the sake of Allah, and for His Pleasure alone, as the Qur’an says: “And of men is he who would give himself away to seek the pleasure of Allah…” (al-Baqarah 2:207).
Without such spirit, even the most religious of acts — prayers, reciting the Qur’an, martyrdom, and infaq (spending in the way of Allah) — would all be merely worldly acts. Imbued with this spirit of total dedication, even the smallest religious act, and all acts of worldly life, would stand heavy in the scale of Divine Justice. If you are able to achieve this state of sincerity, even a little effort would suffice in imparting the colour of Allah in your life and soul. All the evils of the world — in men’s souls, in their lives, in their mutual relationships — have their roots in lack of sincerity. Lack of sincerity in matters pertaining to religious activities specially leads to very evil effects.
Designate your niyyah (intent) purely for Allah and strive always to keep it so. This brief and simple prescription is the gist of true religious faith and of the desire to shape your life completely according to that mould. It is also the most effective formula to remember Allah at all times. This is the perpetual dliikr (remembrance), one that suffices for all occasions.
Taken from: “Dying and Living for Allah: The Last Will of Khurram Murad”