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“You should be sincere in your deeds,

So that the Majestic Lord may accept them.

Sincerity is the wing of the bird of the acts of obedience.

Without a wing, how can you fly to the abode of prosperity?”

– Rumi

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Ikhlas

– The meaning of sincerity –

It has been stated in definition of Ikhlaas, “Ikhlaas is when the servants internal and external actions are the same (i.e. are in agreement with each other). And Riyaa is when the external actions are better than the internal actions (of the heart). And truthfulness in one’s sincerity is when the internal is better (developed) than the external. (Madaarij us-Saalikeen 2/91)

Bilaal bin Sa’d (rh) said, “Do not be a wali (friend) of Allaah outwardly, yet an enemy to him internally” (Ahmad in az-Zuhd, Abu Nu’aym in al-Hilyah).

It has been stated, “Ikhlaas is that you do not request anyone to witness your action except Allaah, and that you do not seek anyone to reward you (for it) except Him”.

Salamah bin Dinar said, “Hide your good deeds (from the people) just like you hide your evil deeds”. (Abu Nu’aym, Bayhaqee) And in a narration in al-Bayhaqee, “Hide your good deed like you hide your evil deed, and do not be amazed with your own action, for you do not know whether you are happy or wretched (in the Hereafter)”

It has been stated in definition of Ikhlaas, “It is to single out Allaah, free from all imperfection, in one’s intention (qasd) in one’s obedience (to Him).

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Sincerity cannot coexist in a heart that contains the love of praise and commendation and the yearning to possess that which is owned by the people save in the manner that fire and water or a lizard and fish may coexist. If your soul directs you to seek sincerity then first turn your attention towards your yearning and slaughter it with the knife of renunciation. Then turn your attention towards praise and commendation and forsake it with the asceticism of those who loved the world for the sake of the Hereafter. When your slaughtering of your yearning and the renunciation of praise and commendation becomes firm then attaining sincerity will become easy for you.

Ibn Al Qayyim (ra7imahullah)

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