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The Desire to do Good Deeds

December 30, 2013 1 comment

 

Sometimes a desire springs up in a man’s heart to vie with a man who is doing some good deed, but at the same time he begins to feel that he is not equal to that task. He is not worthy of the sublime deed the other fellow is doing. When such discouraging ideas deter a man from virtuous deeds he should act upon the hadith which states seek Allah taala’s help and do not admit (in you) disability for the deed. Have full reliance on Allah Taala who will make the deed easy for you.

It is related about the righteous men that they offer the Tahajjud (Qiyamul Layl, night prayer) salat and make supplications before Allah at that blessed time of the night. You may also feel a desire to offer the Tahajjud salat and reap its blessings, but at the same time your weakness and inability keep you away from this task. In such a situation you should not surrender yourself to such discouraging thoughts, but should pray to Allah Taala hopefully that He may bestow upon you the necessary courage and strength to offer the Tahajjud salat and reap its blessings.

When a man prays to Almighty Allah for help to do some good deed his prayer is sure to bring him one of the two alternative gains. Either Allah Taala will help the man to perform the deed, or He shall grant him the reward for the deed. This is proved by a hadith.

The Noble Prophet (salallahu ’alayhi wasalam) has said in a hadith:

If a man prays with heart-felt sincerity for the honour of martyrdom, Allah grants him, by His mercy, that honour, even if he dies (at home) on his bed.

My respected father, Mufti Muhammad Shafi (rahmatullah ‘alayh) once related this incident of an ironsmith:

After the death of Hadrat Abdullah ibn Mubarak (rahmatullah ‘alayh) someone saw him in a dream [1] and asked him what happened to him after his death. In reply he said that Allah Taala was very kind to him, He forgave him and granted him a status which he hardly deserved. He added that he could, however, not get the status which was granted to the ironsmith who lived in the house opposite his.

On getting up from his sleep the person who had the dream felt a desire to find out who that ironsmith was and what righteous deed he did to supersede Hadrat Abdullah ibn Mubarak (rahmatullah ‘alayh) in the hereafter. This man then called at the house of the ironsmith Read more…

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Craving for Attention Betrays Sincerity

December 15, 2013 Leave a comment

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Your craving for people’s attention to your distinctions betrays your sincerity in servant hood.

Even if the servant worships Allah in secret, his hidden desire to get people’s attention and recognition for his distinction will spoil his sincerity in servant hood. People who are suffering from implicit ostentation cannot achieve absolute sincerity in their deeds because Allah knows all secret interests and intention of their mind. He who fails to purge his deeds of all traces of ostentation cannot claim sincerity in his obedience.

Let Allah’s taking notice of you outshine people’s taking notice of you; and contemplate His treatment of you to outshine their treatment of you.

The servant should not allow himself to be led by people’s comment and opinion about his deeds. Praise from people is harmful to the spiritual health in the long run as it will gradually take his focus away from Allah to people. He should train himself to concentrate on Allah thinking about his status and image in front of Him so that he can outshine people’s opinion of him.

If his thoughts revolve around Allah, nothing from people will affect him. Just like the sun outshines the moon and all other satellites, Allah’s light is capable of outshining all other sources of light.

 

[Source: Ibn Ata’illah in Kitab al-Hikam]

[Thanks and acknowledgement to P. Gould for sharing]

Categories: Sincerity, Tazkiyah

“Strive to become Allah’s sincere devotees.”

February 11, 2013 Leave a comment

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.

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Taken from: “Dying and Living for Allah: The Last Will of Khurram Murad”

Check your intentions

October 13, 2012 1 comment

“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

Categories: Sincerity, Tazkiyah

35 Statements From the Salaf Regarding Sincerity

October 6, 2012 Leave a comment

1 – Bishr al-Haafi said:“That I seek the world with a wind instrument is more beloved to me than that I seek it with my Deen.”

2 – Ibraaheem an-Nakha’i said: “When Shaytaan comes to you while you are in prayer and says: ‘You are showing off,’ make it longer.”

3 – One of the Salaf said: “Direct me to an action by which I will never cease to be performing for Allaah the Exalted.” It was said to him: “Always intend good, because you will never cease to be performing even if you do not perform any actions. The intention is made even in the absence of any actions. Whoever intended to pray at night and then slept, the reward for what he intended will be written for him.”

4 – One of them said: “I love that I have an intention for every single thing; even my eat, drink and sleep.”

5 – It was said to Sahl: “What is the hardest thing for the soul (to achieve)?” He said: “Sincerity, when there is no other desire in it.”

6 – Ya’qoob al-Makfoof said: “The sincere person is the one who hides his good deeds just like he hides his evil deeds.”

7 – One of them wrote to his brother: “Make your intention sincere in Read more…

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