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Sincerity means freeing one’s intention from all impurities in order to become nearer to Allah. It is endure that the intentions behind all acts of worship and obidience to Allah are exclusively and truly for His pleasure. It is the perpetual contemplation of the Creator, to the extend that one forgets the creation.
Sincerity is a condition for Allah’s acceptance of good deeds performed in accordance with the sunnah of the Prophet SAW. Allah has commanded in the Quran:
“And they have been commanded to worship only Allah being sincere towards Him in their deen and true. (98:5)”
Abu Umama has related that a man once came to the Prophet SAW and said, “What of a man who joined us in the fighting, his intention being for fame and booty?’ The Prophet said, “He receives nothing”. Then he said, “Allah only accept actions that are intended purely for His pleasure.”
A servant can only free himself from shaytan through sincere devotion, for Allah tells us in the Quran that Iblis said to Him:
“Except those of Your servants who are sincere (38:83)”
Sincere devotion is purifying of the heart from all impurities, whether few or many, so that the intention to be near to Allah is freed from all other motives, except only for seeking His pleasure.
One of the reason that can interfere with total devotion to Allah is the love for this world. The remedy for this heart disease is to break the worldly desires of the one’s self, ending its greed for this world and purifying it in preparation for the next world. This will then become the state of the heart and sincere devotion will become easier to attain. However, we have to be very careful because there are many actions that we take, thinking they are purely intended for Allah’s pleasure, but actually he is deluded, for he fails to see the defects in them.
It has been related that a man was used to pray in the first row in the mosque. One day he was late for the prayer, so he prayed in the second row. Due to this, he feels embarrased when people saw him in the second row. He then realised that the pleasure and satisfaction of the heart that he got from praying in the first row was for people to see him and admiring him.
Apart from those whom Allah has assisted, few are aware of this delicate matters. Those who do not realise it only come to see their good deeds appearing as bad ones on the day of Resurrection, which Allah refer in the Quran:
“Shall We tell you who will lose most in respect of their deeds? Those whose efforts are astray in the life of this world, while they thought that they were doing good works. (18:103-104)”
Taken from Purification of the Soul book, compiled from the work of Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali, Ibnu Qayyim al-Jauziya and Abu Hamid al-Ghazali .
urs sincerely… ss 😉