Carrying Out Good Deeds with Ikhlaas

وعن الضحاك بن قيس قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم إن الله تبارك وتعالى يقول أنا خير شريك فمن أشرك معي شريكا فهو لشريكي يا أيها الناس أخلصوا أعمالكم فإن الله تبارك وتعالى لا يقبل من الأعمال إلا ما خلص له ولا تقولوا هذه لله وللرحم فإنها للرحم وليس لله منها شيء ولا تقولوا هذه لله ولوجوهكم فإنها لوجوهكم وليس لله منها شيء رواه البزار بإسناد لا بأس به والبيهقي  قال الحافظ لكن الضحاك بن قيس مختلف في صحبته  (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/60)

Hadhrat Dahhaak bin Qais (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said that Allah Ta’ala says: “I am the best partner (in a partnership). Whosoever ascribes a partner with me (in any act of worship), then I leave the entire act of worship (carried out for Me and for someone else) for my partner (i.e. for the one who was made a partner with Allah Ta’ala).” Nabi (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) then addressing the Sahaabah said: “O people! Carry out your aa’maal solely for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala (i.e. with complete sincerity), as only those actions are accepted in the court of Allah Ta’ala that are carried out for Him with complete sincerity. Do not say ‘I have done this action for Allah Ta’ala and for the purpose of (pleasing) my kith and kin, for in that case the action will be for pleasing one’s kith and kin and (on account of there not being sincerity in the action), there will be no portion for Allah Ta’ala in it. Do not say, ‘This is for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala and to acquire your pleasure (i.e. people’s pleasure), for in that case the action will be to gain the pleasure of the people and (on account of there not being sincerity in the action), there will be no portion for Allah Ta’ala in it.

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