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Sincerity : Just a drop will do
Sincerity : Just a drop will do :
By Imam Ibinul Qayyim
beckons us toward our religion and beckons others towards
us, but how much of it do we need in our life to make a
is no one worthy of worship but Allah"
and every Muslim has been enlightened and blessed with the
knowledge and by the words: La ilaha ill Allah (There is no
one worthy of worship but Allah). However, each of us
reflects that knowledge as sincerity in one form or another:
whether it be the sincerity of our faith, our words or in
Our level of genuineness and sincerity is a good thermometer
of our faith. This is because when we are being hypocritical
in our faith, deeds or actions we can never be sincere even
in private to ourselves. Sincerity must come from within,
and can only accomplished through the correct intentions.
For example, if one was insincere seeking privately to show
off amongst his peers—in doing a good deed, his efforts
would be lost. The One who created us knows what is in our
hearts and minds. Although we may be able to fool those
around us, we can never deceive The All-Knower. He,
subhanahu wa ta'ala, knows what is our intention before we
even know it ourselves. We can never put on an act for the
One who gave us life.
Another example is that of sincerity in acts of worship. Any
saying that Islam has credited with reward is calculated in
accordance to what is in the heart of the one who says it.
The Prophet, sallallahu alayhe wa sallam, said, "He who
said, 'suhhana Allah wa bihamdihi' a hundred times every day
would have his sins forgiven even though they were as
enormous as the sea froth." This reward is not promised to
mere words uttered with the tongue. One who utters the
phrase only with his tongue without being aware of its
meaning and neglects putting it to actual practice will not
be given more than what is in his heart. Indeed, the heart
of such a man does not match his tongue. Actions are not
judged by form and number; they are judged by sincerity.
Although two actions might look the same, their reward might
be as far apart as earth from heaven. By the same token, the
salah offered by two men standing in the same row might be
as far apart as the east from the west.
Consider the case of that man who comes on the day of
resurrection with a card bearing the phrase "There is no god
but Allah" and with ninety-nine volumes of records of wrong
doings. The card will outweigh these volumes and the man
will be relieved from torture. Similarly, consider that man
who lilted a tree trunk off the road. Allah will forgive his
sins and the man will enter Paradise.
If you examine the stories in the Qur'an one by one, you
will begin to realize that forgiveness and salvation are
granted because of the sincerity of the heart whether in
words, by deeds or by faith. We must all come to understand
and realize the power of sincerity in everything we do. It
is one of the most valuable lessons we can learn in our
lives, because we never know when a drop of sincerity in our
heart will grant us an ocean of forgiveness or sail us on
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to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and fair preaching, and argue
with them in a way that better. Truly, your Lord knows best who
has gone astray from His Path, and He is the Best Aware of those
who are guided."
Aishah (radhi-yallaahu 'anhaa): The Prophet (sal-Allaahu `alayhe
wa sallam) said, “Do good deeds properly, sincerely and
moderately, and receive good news because one's good deeds will
not make him enter Paradise.” They asked, “Even you, O Allah's
Messenger?” He said, “Even I, unless and until Allah protects me
with His pardon and His Mercy."
Sahih Al-Bukhari, Vol. 8, Hadith No. 474