Doing Good Solely for the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala

This entry is part 1 of 23 in the series Ikhlaas - Sincerity in all Actions

وعن أبي أمامة رضي الله عنه قال جاء رجل إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم فقال أرأيت رجلا غزا يلتمس الأجر والذكر ما له فقال رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم لا شيء له فأعادها ثلاث مرار ويقول رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم لا شيء له ثم قال إن الله عز و جل لا يقبل من العمل إلا ما كان له خالصا وابتغي وجهه  رواه أبو داود والنسائي بإسناد جيد (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/61)

Hadhrat Abu Umaamah (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that on one occasion a man came to Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) and asked: “O Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam), what is the condition of that person who fights in the path of Allah Ta’ala for the sake of earning reward and gaining fame and recognition. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “There is no reward for him.” This Sahaabi repeated this question thrice and every time Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) gave the same reply. Thereafter Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Certainly Allah Ta’ala only accepts those actions done with sincerity solely to earn His pleasure.

Adopt Ikhlaas in all Actions

This entry is part 2 of 23 in the series Ikhlaas - Sincerity in all Actions

عن معاذ بن جبل رضي الله عنه أنه قال حين بعث إلى اليمن يا رسول الله أوصني قال أخلص دينك يكفك العمل القليل  رواه الحاكم من طريق عبيد الله بن زحر عن ابن أبي عمران وقال صحيح الإسناد كذا قال (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/58)

Hadhrat Muaadh bin Jabal (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that at the time he was dispatched to rule over Yemen (by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam)), he asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) for some parting advice. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Adopt ikhlaas in every action of your Deen, (even if you carry out) few deeds, it will be sufficient for you. (i.e. you do not have to do plenty optional deeds as the few deeds you are carrying out will produce great rewards in the court of Allah Ta’ala).

Departing from the World upon Ikhlaas

This entry is part 3 of 23 in the series Ikhlaas - Sincerity in all Actions

عن أنس بن مالك رضي الله عنه عن رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم قال من فارق الدنيا على الإخلاص لله وحده لا شريك له وأقام الصلاة وآتى الزكاة فارقها والله عنه راض رواه ابن ماجه والحاكم وقال صحيح على شرط الشيخين (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/57)

Hadhrat Anas (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Whoever departs from this world in the condition of ikhlaas (he brought true faith in Allah Ta’ala alone and did every action for His pleasure in accordance to the prescribed manner) and he did not ascribe partners with Him, and he established salaah throughout his life, and used to discharged his zakaat, then he will leave the world in the condition that Allah Ta’ala will be pleased with him.

Glad tidings for the Mukhliseen

This entry is part 4 of 23 in the series Ikhlaas - Sincerity in all Actions

عن ثوبان رضي الله عنه قال سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول طوبى للمخلصين أولئك مصابيح الهدى تنجلي عنهم كل فتنة ظلماء رواه البيهقي (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/59)

It is narrated from Hadhrat Thaubaan (Radhiyallahu Anhu) that he heard Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) saying: “Glad tidings of Paradise be for the Mukhliseen (i.e. those who possess the wealth of ikhlaas.) Certainly they are beacons of light and guidance in the Ummah. It is on account of them that every dark fitna (trial and tribulation engulfing the Ummah) is lifted.

Carrying out Actions for the Pleasure of Allah Ta’ala

This entry is part 5 of 23 in the series Ikhlaas - Sincerity in all Actions

عن أبي الدرداء رضي الله عنه عن النبي صلى الله عليه و سلم قال الدنيا ملعونة ملعون ما فيها إلا ما ابتغي به وجه الله تعالى رواه الطبراني بإسناد لا بأس به  (الترغيب و الترهيب 1/61)

Hadhrat Abu Dardaa (Radhiyallahu Anhu) reports that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “The entire world with whatever is contained in it is cursed (on account of it distracting one from Allah Ta’ala and the Hereafter), except those actions carried out for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala.