“Selfish personal motives play a part in people‟s actions and intentions and it seems as if everyone are following their own desires.”
Sincerity in actions and Deeds
It is not inconceivable that some people are as you point out. If not all, then there are surely some who do things in obedience to their desires.
But of course this is also the result of discarding the teachings of Islam. If we should accept and act according to our Islamic teachings then not one of those evil consequences will appear. There is no doubt whatsoever that whoever performs any religious duty to satisfy his desires and ego does great harm to himself. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said:
“Verily the reward of deeds are determined by the intentions and for everyone shall be only that which he intended.”
When Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) sent Sayyidina Ma‟az (Radiallahu anhu) to Yemen, Ma‟az (Radiallahu anhu) asked Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) to give him some advice. Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) advised him to be sincere at all times, saying:
“Even a few deeds of righteousness done in sincerity will suffice.”
In another Hadeeth it has been reported: “Allah‟s mercy be upon the sincere ones. They are the lamps of guidance and through them every darkening fitnah is dispelled.”
The famous Sahabi Sayyidina Saad (Radiallahu anhu) once became quite worried about his actions.
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) admonished him and said: “Allah helps this U mmat through the weak one‟s, tkrough their Salaah, their duas and their sincerity.”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) is also reported to have said: “Allah does not look at your physical appearance and forms. He looks at your hearts and intentions.”
In other words, He judges you according to the deeds you do and the intentions which prompt those actions.
There is a verse of the Holy Quran, already quoted in this book previously, wherein Allah Ta‟aala says:
“Those who desire the life of the present and its glitter – to them We shall pay the price of their deeds therein, without dimunition. They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but the fire: Vain are the designs they frame therein and of no effect are the deeds they do…” (11.15-16)
In support of this there are numerous Ahaadeeth to the effect that whosoever desires as his major aim the pleasures of this world, Allah will cause him to face great anxiety and worry and cause his problems to stare him in the face at all times. And vhomsoever desires as his major aim the attainment of success of the Hereafter, Allah will help him, cause independence to fill his heart and the world will offer itself to him in a despicable state.