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In Search of Sincerity In one of the battles that the Muslims waged against the Romans, the Muslims, under

the commandment of Maslamah Rahimahullah, surrounded a city that had a tall and well-fortified wall. The siege went on for months. Then one night, one of the Muslim soldiers came to General Maslamah and told him of a hole that he had accomplished to make through the wall. “It is only large enough for a slim soldier.” He knelt closer. “Quickly, send with me someone who can squeeze through and fight the army on the inside until he has opened the gates for all of us to enter.” Maslamah sent out the news and that night someone volunteered. In a sweeping assault, the gate was opened and the Muslims were victorious. Maslamah, overwhelmed with happiness, sent out the word that the soldier who entered the hole should come forward. No one showed. A day passed and the request was repeated. Another day passed, and then another. No one arrived to take credit. On the fourth day, a soldier approached Maslamah; his face wrapped in a scarf. He said to him, “I have news of the soldier that entered the hole.” Maslamah sat up sharp, “Tell me who it is?” “First, however,” said the soldier, “he has three conditions before exposing himself. Do you agree to this?”

That is the correct deen (Al-Bayyinah 98/5). In another place. not with a lisp).” Maslamah said. Al-Jurjaani rahimahullah said that it is to not seek any audience for your deeds other than Allah. or whoever they consider to have authority above them approaches. The second is that you do not tell anyone who he is.” Sometimes at an Islamic school. “Indeed my prayer. And this I have been commanded and I am the first [among you] of the Muslims” (An‘aam 6/162163). that shall be our topic for today. Allah says: And they were not commanded except to worship Allah. sujood. Lord of the worlds/ No partner has He. “The first is that you do not try to compensate him for what he did. “O Allah. When one looks over the text of the Qur’an and Sunnah. Maslamah was often heard praying to Allah. Say. they will come to the realization that Allah ta’aala and His Messenger sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam speak about sincerity in different aspects: • Sincerity in Tawheed of Allah • Sincerity in our Intentions • Sincerity in our Worship (salah. there are children who pray at the back. I went through that hole only for the sake of Allah.” Then. but the actions are better described as 'playing' (no. (on the Day of Resurrection) grant me companionship with the soldier of the hole. standing in Ramadan. sincere to Him in religion. Then when the head master. uncovering his scarf. And the third is that you shall not ask for his presence ever again. The ingredient that we all need to work on throughout our lives as Muslims is ikhlaas (sincerity). there are many adults that do this exact thing but on a more serious scale. turning.“Of course. “It is I. inclining to truth.” Maslamah said. he walked away. . They are children and Allah will not take them to account. my living and my dying are for Allah. However. they all stand erect in complete devotion. in sha Allah. The soldier. and to establish prayer and to give zakah. said. After that day. In defining ikhlaas. Do you agree to these conditions?” “It is agreed. fasting. my rites of sacrifice. Sincerity in all we do is a commandment of Allah.

With ikhlaas one will be saved from Hellfire and granted a lofty position in Jannah.standing in the night of Qadr) • Sincere love for the masjid. Hear Allah’s words: And thus [it was] that We should avert from him evil and immorality. sadaqah. the orphan and . “O Abu Ali.” The students asked. what are deeds that are correct and sincere?” He said. Sincerely. correctly. the books can be turned in our favor in the last minutes of our lives just as what happened to the man that murdered 99 men. yet is not done correctly. repentance. Al-Fudayl ibn ‘Iyaadh rahimahullah said. And if a deed is done correctly. zakah. “It is those deeds which are most correct and most sincere. it will not be accepted. he was of Our mukhlaseen servants (Yusuf 12/24). supplications. as in for Allah alone.” He then recited the verse: So whoever would hope for the meeting with his Lord – let him do righteous work and not associate in the worship of his Lord anyone (Al-Kahf 18/110). With ikhlaas we can be saved from misguidance as Prophet Yusuf alayhis salaam was saved. Indeed. And they give food out of love [for Allah ta’aala] to the needy. Hajj. Commenting on this verse. recitation of the Qur’an. It must be done sincerely and correctly. “If a deed is done sincerely. it will not be accepted. and so much more The Qur'an and Sunnah speak about: • Sincerity in all our verbal statements • Sincerity in our defined and upright akhlaaq (character) • Sincerity in our tawakkul (placing of our trust) in Allah • Sincerity in all actions Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala said: He who created death and life to test you [as to] which of you is best in deed (Al-Mulk 67/2). Allah ta'aala saved him in the end because of his sincerity in repentance. With ikhlaas. but not sincerely for Allah. as in accordance to the Sunnah. jihaad.

or feared through this action. Sum'ah is similar to riyaa'. "Perhaps a great deed is belittled by an intention. this person is seeking to be glorified. we wish no reward from you nor gratitude/ Indeed. ‘At this moment pray to only God and pray sincerely. a terrible storm befell them.” He then came to RasulAllah sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam. Of these things are three: riyaa'. Riyaa' is to perform an act of worship with the intention of showing it off to people.Insan 76/8-12). hoped for. An example of this would be donating a large sum of money in order that people may think the contributor is generous. praised." 'Ujb is the cousin of riyaa'. is made great. if ikhlaas can only save me on the sea. became Muslim.” From the Seerah.”/ So Allah will protect them from the evil of that Day and give them radiance and happiness/ And will reward them for what they patiently endured [with] a garden [in Jannah] and silk [garments] (Al.’ Ikrimah said. but the 'ulama have said that it is those verbal statements that a person makes for the sake of people. And perhaps a small deed. ‘By Allah.’ (He then raised his hands and pronounced). seeking their praise or some other vanity. we fear from our Lord a Day severe and distressful. sum'ah. “The sincere one is he who hides his good deeds in the same way that he would hide his bad. you have upon me an oath that I shall not rest until I arrive at Muhammad sal Allaahu alayhi wa sallam and place my hand in his. and was later martyred in jihaad. There is the example of someone making ballooned threats against the Jews in Palestine just so others will think he is courageous.the captive/ [Saying] "We feed you only for the countenance of Allah. Dear brothers and sisters. It is when a person becomes impressed with himself for the 'great' deeds that he has done. and 'ujb. Ibnul Mubaarak rahimahullah said. This. Thus. then on land nothing but it can save me. and all the other types are viruses that can kill our actions and turn them against us on the day of Resurrection. by a sincere intention. Sa’ad ibn Waqqaas narrates: “… as for Ikrimah ibn Abi Jahl (after the conquest of Makkah) while escaping by sea. Ya’qoob Al-Makfoof rahimahullah used to say. we must understand that there are certain things that contradict our ikhlaas to Allah. for your gods cannot avail us in any way through salvation from this storm. The owners of the boat shouted. . ‘O Allah if you save me.

“If your intention is one of these three. Diogenes was a cynical Greek philosopher who lived about 320 years before Prophet Eesaa alayhis salam.DUDUK-KHUTBAH KEDUA Sincerity is a topic that is not only key to Islam. to argue with the Fuqahaa’. Indeed insincerity in our actions is something very dangerous and can lead a person to ruin. From here the English coined the term ‘To hunt with the lantern of Diogenes. The English have a saying that goes to the effect of: To hunt with the lantern of Diogenes. do not seek knowledge: To shame the ignorant.’ when speaking of a group of people whose sincerity is extremely absent. To vividly prove his point. He believed there was no sincerity in any human being. or to cause people to turn their faces in . but it is also a subject that the Kuffar and philosophers have pondered for centuries. he was said to have gone about the streets of Corinth in broad daylight with a lighted lantern looking for a sincere man. Ibn Mas’ood radi Allahu anhu would advise his students.

. deeds that are done sincerely for the sake of Allah. The carrying of it burdens him and it brings no benefit.” May Allah ta'aala make us all from those whose deeds are done in accordance with the Sunnah. for indeed that which is with Allah shall remain and everything else shall perish. Intend with your actions and words that which is with Allah. “Deeds without sincerity are like a traveler who carries dirt in his water-jug.” In conclusion.your direction. Ibnul Qayyim rahimahullah said.