Importance of Ikhlas (Sincerity and Intentions)
Channel: Mohammed Faqih
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as I stand today, here in my first sermon,
as the Imam of this blessing, Masjid, and as part of this extraordinary community,
I find myself compelled
to remind myself
and my fellow congregants
of the importance
of a class
of the importance of maintaining sincerity in our actions,
of the importance of our intentions.
For it is based on the intentions that we have, and how sincere we are in whatever we do that we will be accepted and bless
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wasallam in the Hadith
tells us that our loss of Hannah what Allah the Almighty says
that he is the most efficient, and least in need,
of any entity that someone does something for,
and other than a shortcut, and a shift from anomala. I'm Alan Ashura. caffee Marais, Takahashi aka Allah subhanho wa Taala says that I don't need anything, I'm the least
in need for any action, in which someone dedicates that action to someone other than me.
So Allah subhanho wa Taala does not accept to be associated or to be partnered with anyone else.
If there is something that you want to do for the loss of Hannah with Allah, it's better be purely done for Allah azza wa jal. And we know also from the famous hadith of Rama de la hora, and that he reports when he said, so I'm here to Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam airport in them and yet, ya know Malika lemare Manoa that actions are judged or they're based on the intentions behind them, and the individual will get whatever they intended. And we know from the hadith of Abu hurayrah, that Allah subhanho wa Taala
will bring people who did actions in this life that they claimed to work for Allah subhanho wa Taala.
But then Allah subhanaw taala when I asked them what why they did it, why did you memorize the Quran? Why did you recite the Quran? Why did you give
whatever amount you gave? Why did you struggle or fight he said, being in LA
and lose your life, in the wake of a loss of how to what to Allah, and when these individuals make claims that are not authentic, that are not real. Allah subhanho wa Taala will reveal to them that he was well aware that he has been well aware of their real intentions. You did it so that it would be set on it so that you can have that title? You did it so that it would you would be referred to as the most generous person. You did it so that you would be praised for your bravery and your courage will kill and it was said so and you have nothing with me. Allah subhanaw taala will inform that individual and that individual will be taken to hellfire. This heady terrifies me and it should
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in a Hadees told us brothers and sisters Be mindful of this there are certain actions
that should be devoted and dedicated to none other than Allah subhanho wa Taala. However, generally speaking, there is nothing that we do
in life, except that we can dedicate to Allah Subhana Allah there is nothing good that we do, or nothing bad that we stay away from, except that we can dedicate that to Allah subhanho wa Taala
not only should we dedicate it to a loss of Hannah hora to Allah it's not worth
you know for that action to be dedicated to other than Allah azza wa jal there isn't anyone in this life there is nothing in this life that is worth of you that is worthy of you dedicating that action to except Allah subhana wa tada
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However, there are certain things as I said, that can only be dedicated to a loss of habitat.
And in the Hadith, we're told that if anyone does something that should be dedicated to a loss of Hannah with Allah for other than Allah azza wa jal will not find the smell of gender.
Examples worship should be only dedicated to Allah Subhana Allah to Allah. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam warned us from a sheer kill huffy from that hidden
from a form of sharing that may be minor. But if it's consistent, then it's very destructive.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said that he feared that for his oma and in Hadith, he feared that for his own mum more than he feared the jet for his own
area, to show off, to do something, or to worship or to do an act of goodness or or virtue for other than Allah subhanho wa Taala, or to show off or to be recognized, or to get more likes, or to have more followers, or to be popular.
There are certain things that they're dedicated to other than Allah subhanho wa Taala is the most destructive behavior or pattern an individual can find himself or herself in.
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And seeking knowledge is a great example of that.
In addition to worship,
and seeking knowledge in and of itself, Subhan Allah, it has the capacity to help you change and purify your intention. And that's why one of the early scholars was reported to have said, but I've never even met the lady left over in a corner any law that we sought knowledge for other than a loss of Hannah with Allah, but it refused to be for other than Allah subhanho wa Taala and it helped us purify our intentions.
giving charity is another example of actions that should be only dedicated to Allah subhanho wa Taala.
My dear brothers and sisters, I remind myself, of the importance of purifying our intentions, and the importance of having good intention to begin with. Allah Subhana Allah to Allah is so generous, he is full of grace. If someone intends to do something, even if they don't get to carry out the action, even if they don't get to accomplish it so long they were sincere. If the project doesn't finish, for some reason, if they don't live long enough to accomplish it, Allah subhanho wa Taala would reward them for whatever the intention was. And that we find in the Hadith of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, that if someone intends to do something, and they actually do it, Allah
Subhana Allah to Allah will reward them and he will multiply the reward 10 times and if someone intends to do something, but they don't get to do it, Allah subhanaw taala will still reward them.
And if someone intends to do something evil, and stays away from it for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala Allah will reward them.
And if someone intends to do something evil and they actually do it, Allah subhanho wa Taala will hold them accountable for one bad deed
and this hadith shows
The power of intention,
the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam.
And I want our young children to pay attention to the story. He told us about a story. It's not a metaphor. It's a real story, something that happened to three individuals long time ago.
And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam did not specify
the time period or the place. But he told us that they were three individuals, three men
that were traveling together.
And some, somewhere along the journey, it started to rain.
And that thunder storm caused them to seek shelter. So the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam said that these three men went and they found a cave. And as soon as they enter the cave,
huge piece of rock, a boulder came rolling down and unsettled at the opening, or the mouth of that cave, blocking it. And now they were trapped inside, they can't get out.
And they realize that if they can't move this rock, if they can't, somehow managed to escape, they will die there.
And then they said to themselves, maybe perhaps, the only thing that can save us from this is to ask Allah subhanho wa Taala.
To save us by the virtue of our most sincere actions,
by the virtue of our most sincere action.
So the first man sat down, and he started begging Allah subhanho wa Taala. And he started telling a loss of Han Allah to Allah, the story of how he used to be so kind, and respectful and loving and caring towards his parents.
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be Iran, they were very old and frail. And I used to take care of them, and I love them. And this is someone whose love for his parents was real. It was authentic, it was sincere. He didn't do it out of obligation. He did it because he really loved them. And he cared about them. So much so that he said a lot. I had developed the habit, the habit of not
eating or consuming anything before my parents. And one day I came home late.
And my parents had fallen asleep.
And I didn't want to break my habit.
or law, I couldn't.
I couldn't eat or enjoy the meal before my parents and at the same time, getting to an Oklahoma, I didn't want to disturb them.
And while he was standing there,
with this emotional struggle of his
he ended up standing there long enough until they actually woke up. So he was struggling all night long.
With the thought of Should I wake them up? Or should I give this food to my children? or What should I do?
That took him so long, that they actually slept through the night and then they woke up. And when they woke up, he said, I gave him the milk.
Oh Allah. If I did that, for your sake, save us from this. And the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam has said that the rock actually moved.
However, it didn't move far enough. And the opening was not big enough for them to
However, they knew that they were on the right track. And the second man asked Allah subhanho wa Taala said, Oh Allah, I had intended to have a lawful relationship with someone that I was in love with. And then when that person came to me, desperate for financial help,
I offered her that money, and I wanted to take advantage of that situation. However, she reminded me of you. And she told me to fear you, and Oh Allah, I stayed away from that sin, and I left the money for her or life. I did that for your sake.
Save us from this, and the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and said that the rock moved further.
And then the third man said, Oh, Allah, you know that I hired a group of men to do some work for me. laborers that came in they did some work for me.
And I gave everyone whatever wage I had promised him, except for one man who, according to some narrations actually was disgruntled and he left because he was not happy. He wanted to get more for his work.
So Allah, I didn't
get to give him the money. And he left. And I took that money. And I, he did not save it, but he rather actually invested it. And that money grew into a huge amount of wealth. And when that money man came back to me, and he asked me for his money, I gave him whatever that money made.
So imagine someone left a few dollars with you.
And it's good enough for someone to actually save it and keep it but he actually took it in he invested it in Allah Subhana, Allah blessed it and it it grew into huge amount of wealth. So when that man came to me or LA, and I told him that this is his money, he thought that I was making fun of him. Now this is mind you this is all in the Hadith, the Prophet sallallahu Sallam is mentioning all these details. This is an intimate conversation that these individuals had with their Creator and Allah Subhana Allah revealed after his prophet sallallahu alayhi wa send them to show us the power of intention.
Or law, the man came to me and he thought that I was making fun of him. And he said, Yeah, I'm de la de la Husky. Well, that's just Herbie Don't make fun of me. And I told him, this is your money. This is what it has become.
And he took took it off for staff who could not and he did not leave anything behind or live I did that for your sake. Say this from this. The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said, The Rock rolled away from the opening from Paula William shown and they were saved. ask Allah subhana wa Taala to make you an eye of those who purify their intention. Do whatever they do for his sake, except from us. forgive our sins. Forgive our shortcomings make us of this, of those who listen and follow the best software they listened to. Apollo had the power was self confessed ofuro via Philomena hola Rahim.
Alhamdulillah Alhamdulillah Hamza and Catherine forgiven Mubarak Kofi wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah, who Allah Allahu wa sahbihi wa Manuela, my dear brothers and sisters, please move forward, fill in all the gaps. It's extremely hot out there and we don't want anyone to be standing if they don't have to.
As they say brothers and sisters,
the least sincere individual, the least man,
someone who doesn't who cannot bring a lot
but is sincere,
brings more value
than the most talented hypocrite.
What we need in our lives
and what the community needs brothers and sisters, it's sincere individuals who continue to struggle to purify their intentions,
who see a loss of handle to Allah and everything that they do.
Who asked themselves the question, am I doing this for the sake of Allah? Or why am I doing this?
And try to do it for the right reason.
Allah Subhana Allah to Allah in the Quran praises those who do whatever they do for the sake of Allah. In NaNoWriMo, Camilla je la nanodomains Manasa Cora, we feed you for the sake of Allah, we seek no reward from you, or any payment. And that's why, whether it is our Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, or the noble prophets and messengers of Allah before him. They taught their followers to always engage those who do not whom they don't seek anything from. They don't have someone that cannot necessarily repay you or do anything for you for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala.
We need to train ourselves
to be sincere and whatever we do.
We need to make sure that we are in public as good as we are in private.
We need to make sure
that we are as kind to those whom we take for granted.
Like our family members, or our employees. We are as kind to them as we are to people that
We don't want to offend.
We need to make sure brothers and sisters, that whatever Allah subhanho wa Taala knows of us and about us, is something that will make us proud before him. And instead of obsessing about how people perceive us,
we need to make sure that whatever we do, if we believe is for the sake of Allah, and if we believe that it's right, we do it, even if it's going to rub some people the wrong way or offend them.
We need to make sure
that we do all of that, while maintaining humility.
And let us not be deceived by the praise of people who come to us and tell us that we're the best thing that ever happened to them. For only a loss of Hannah what to Allah knows. I conclude by saying, the companions of our beloved prophet muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, whenever someone came to praise them, they used to be offended. They used to find it to be a matter that brings them great level of discomfort. And they would seek refuge in Allah Subhana Allah to Allah from the evil of such practices,
because they want to maintain the purity of their intentions. I asked Allah subhanho wa Taala to help you and I
purify our intentions, and accept the little that we do. For whatever we do for a loss of Hannah what to Allah, no matter how great and how significant we may think it is, it is little, we ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah, to
bestow His mercy and peace upon those who passed away from our relatives and our loved ones. I asked Allah subhanaw taala to grant the mellifera and ask Allah to grant full recovery and heal those who are wounded or those who are suffering any sickness. ask Allah Subhana Allah to alleviate the pain and the suffering of our brothers and sisters everywhere in the world. And I ask Allah Subhana Allah to Allah and I beg him to preserve and protect this community. ask Allah Subhana Allah to preserve and protect each and every single one of you. Ask Allah Subhana Allah to bless you and bless your family members, and bless your livelihood in your wealth in your health. ask Allah subhanho wa Taala
to allow you and I to dedicate whatever we have for his sake and for his pleasure.
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