Day 10 : Sincerity is the way of Salvation (الاجلاص طريق الخلاص ) by Ustadha Eman Al Obaid (HafidhaAllah)
Day 10: Sincerity is the way of salvation
Ustadha Eman started by praising Allah (swt) and sending dua for the students.
Surah Al Aaraaf :29
قُلْ أَمَرَ رَبِّي بِالْقِسْطِ وَأَقِيمُوا وُجُوهَكُمْ عِندَ كُلِّ مَسْجِدٍ وَادْعُوهُ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ كَمَا بَدَأَكُمْ تَعُودُونَ
Say: My Lord has enjoined justice, and set upright your faces at every time of prayer and call on Him, being sincere to Him in obedience; as He brought you forth in the beginning, so shall you also return.
First command :Allah (swt) commands you justice in all your actions whether in your Ibadah or in your dealing with people , meaning you will fulfill the condition of the Salah ,for instance full Ruku’, Sujood , without exaggeration or reduction .
Second command : you need to direct your face toward Allah (swt) ,you only look at Allah (swt) , you think of Allah (swt) alone , and that will make you do an effort ,specially the prayer with the inner such us Khushoo and outer ,and you need to free the salah from any faults and imperfections.
Third command : Ask Allah (swt) with Al Ikhlas , meaning sincerely doing for the Face of Allah (swt) , without showing off , without any desires looking only at the pleasure of Allah (swt) and worship Allah (swt) . Don’t use the Dua to fulfill your desires , it should only be for Allah (swt) .don’t make a Dua while you want a personal desire ,or showing off . Basically don’t make dua for anything except for Allah (swt) . Similarly you do not need to tell anyone you did Dua for them .
As Allah (swt) created you first time , you will return to Him in the Day of Judgement , so why are you doing any act for people ? No one in this life is able to give you anything . So be sincere with Allah (swt) . That is why the Ulemah said Al Ikhlas is very high so the Shaytan will magnify anything for us to fail on it . And when you will return to Allah (swt) , He will account you therefore you need to be sincere . For example you are working and your manager is waiting for you ,for the appreciation, so you will be focus to finish the work that the manager gave you , and to Allah (swt) belongs the best example , He created you and did everything so you need to fulfill Allah (swt) command as you will return to Him.
Al Ikhlas in the Dua for the dead (الاخلاص في الدعاء الميت ) , here it shows you the sincerity . As you will not get anything for the dead person but still you are doing Dua for them . That is why Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) said in the follow hadith : ” عيش ما شئت فإنك ميت وأحببت من شئت فإنك مفارقه” “live as if you are dead ,love whoever you want as you will depart ” when you love as if you are dead of course you will focus . Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) also mentioned about ongoing charity ,a pious son , so when you will depart from this life , he will do Dua for you . This is your investment . Your investment starts with the Dua .
حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الْعَزِيزِ بْنُ يَحْيَى الْحَرَّانِيُّ، حَدَّثَنِي مُحَمَّدٌ، – يَعْنِي ابْنَ سَلَمَةَ – عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ إِسْحَاقَ، عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ إِبْرَاهِيمَ، عَنْ أَبِي سَلَمَةَ بْنِ عَبْدِ الرَّحْمَنِ، عَنْ أَبِي هُرَيْرَةَ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ” إِذَا صَلَّيْتُمْ عَلَى الْمَيِّتِ فَأَخْلِصُوا لَهُ الدُّعَاءَ ” .Narrated AbuHurayrah: The Prophet (ﷺ) said: When you pray over the dead, make a sincere supplication for him .Hasan (Al-Albani) حسن (الألباني) حكم Sunan Abi Dawud 3199 In-book reference Book 21, Hadith 111
In time of death you will see the sincerity , Prophet Muhammad(ﷺ) will not get anything from his wife but still he did Dua and that is showing the sincerity. You are directing your Dua towards Allah (swt) supplicating for the dead . You do not want any personal desires as the person is dead and can not benefit you . And the motive of the Dua is the pleasure of Allah (swt) . You can make a general Dua for all the dead people and as long as you are making dua in the absence of a person the Angels are making Dua for you as well .
When you do Dua with the presence of the heart because he is in need of your dua , and this is the difference between the Dua of the sincere person and the heedless from your heart .
We actually need to talk about Al Ikhlas all the time , and the scholars said to learn Al Ikhlas before Al Ibadah .
May Allah (swt) make us love and meet ,sit and speak for the sake of Allah (swt) . Only Allah (swt) is able and may Allah (swt) give us that purity . Amen