“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: Read more... (458 words, 2 images, estimated 1:50 mins reading time)
How is it that Maulana Madani and Maulana Thanwi, although both being such saintly personalities, can have such differences of opinion?
Let it be known that it is not unheard of to find differences of opinion among the true and sincere saintly ones. There have always been such differences and there always will be. However, there is no need for anyone who has acquired Islamic Knowledge to be surprised at the fact that Ulema can differ. As for me, I am unconcerned about these differences. During the month of Shawaal, our class lectures commence and finish in Rajab of every year. During the course of these ten months, hardly a day passes when the lecturer does not say at least twenty times: Read more... (2948 words, estimated 11:48 mins reading time)
Assalaamu Alaykum. Your kind letter reached me.
It gave me great pleasure to note with what sincerity and deep feeling you express your thoughts. The type of questions which you posed, are quite frequently put to me.
Generally, I reply in a concise manner. This could possibly be as a result of incompetence but on the other hand it could also be because I am extremely busy. Read more... (469 words, estimated 1:53 mins reading time)
Hadrat Abu Hurayrah ( radiallahu anhu ) narrates that Rasulullah ( sallallahu alayhi wa sallam ) said: ” ALLAH Ta’ala does not look at your bodies and your appearances. Instead, he looks at your hearts. ” This means that ALLAH Ta’ala does not accept actions that merely appear to be good externally while they are devoid of sincerity and attention from the heart. For example, a person may be occupied in a certain act of ibaadah.
Apparently, he may be engaged in an act of ibaadah while in his heart he is oblivious to what he is doing. The heart cannot even discern whether he is standing in front of ALLAH Ta’ala or busy doing something else. Read more... (585 words, estimated 2:20 mins reading time)
Sincerity of Intention
1. A person asked: “O Rasûlullâh! What is îmân?” He replied: “To maintain a sincere intention.”
This means that whatever you do should be done solely for Allah.
2. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Actions are judged by intentions.”
This means that if a person has a good intention, he will be rewarded for doing a good act. If not, he will not be rewarded.
Doing something for show
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Ghazi Anwar Pasha’s Last Letter to his wife
Ghazi Anwar Pasha was from amongst those great Mujahideen of Turkey who had spent all his life fighting against the enemies of Islam. Eventually he was martyred by the Russians. Only a day prior to this he sent a letter to his wife, Najiya Sultana. This letter was published by her in the Turkish newspapers, and after being transferred was published by her in the newspapers in India on the 22 April 1923.
This letter is so touching and thought provoking that every young man should read it. An inspiring account of Mujahideen from the Ottaman period. Read more... (981 words, estimated 3:55 mins reading time)
Q. “Some people insist that a Muslim, while selecting a woman for marriage should not pay any attention to her physical or facial appearance. He should only see whether she is a religious woman or not.In this respect a Hadith is often referred to, wherein the Holy Prophet ( Sallaho Alaihai Wasallam) is reported to have said, “A woman is married either for her beauty or for her wealth or for her religious behavior. So you must try to choose the woman committed to her religion.” They argue that the considerations of beauty and wealth have been condemned in this Hadith, while the consideration of religion has been confirmed and stressed upon. Please explain whether this Hadith is authentic and whether the above mentioned point of view is correct according to this Hadith. Read more... (549 words, estimated 2:12 mins reading time)
Hadrat Abu Zarr Gaffari (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: The Messenger of ALLAH (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) was asked, “What do you say about a man who does good deeds and is on that account spoken well by the people? (According to another narration the last clause was: is loved by the people?) He replied, This is real good tiding for a true Muslim.” [Sahih Muslim]
Similarly if someone does any good work openly with the intention that others may follow him and learn to do likewise, then it will not be taken as dissimulation: but in such a situation that servant of ALLAH will get divine reward for teaching and preaching (religion). From numerous traditions it appears that this was the intention behind many actions of the Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam). Read more... (163 words, estimated 39 secs reading time)
Hadrat Tamim Dari narrated: The Messenger of ALLAH said, ‘Faith means sincerity of purpose and adherence.” We asked “Sincerity and adherence to whom?” He replied, To ALLAH, the Exalted, to His Book, to His Messenger, to the Chiefs and leader of Muslims and to the common people”. [Ma’arif -ul- Hadis, Muslim]
Hadrat Abu Sad al-Khidri (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated that the Messenger of ALLAH said, “If any one of you notices any thing evil and against the Sharii’ah, it is incumbent on him to set it right by force, if he possesses it, and through advice if he has no force or power, and if he is not in a position to do this even, then abhor it from the core of his heart. This is the lowest degree of Eeman. [Muslim, Ma’arif-ul-Hadis]
Allah, the Almighty says,
“The blame is only against those who Oppress men with wrong-doing and insolently transgress beyond bounds through the land defying right and justice: for such there will be a chastisement grievous.” (Al-Shura: 42)
The Qur’an also states,
“Think not that Allah doth heed the deeds of those who do wrong. He but giveth them respect against a Day when the eyes will fixedly stare in horror, they running forward with necks outstretched, their heads uplifted; their gaze returning not towards them, and their hearts a (gaping) void!” (Ibrahim: 42-43)
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