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On Sincerity,(Ikhlas) Selfishness and Intentions
Behind All Actions and Matters -
Open or Secret:
Almighty, The Exalted, said:
And they are ordained naught else than to
serve The Almighty, keeping religion pure for
him, as man by nature upright and to
establish worship and to pay the poor-due.
That is true religion. (98:5)
Their flesh
and their blood reach not Almighty, but the
devotion from you reacheth Him.
3. Say (0 Mohammed): Whether ye hide
that which is in your breast or reveal it,
Almighty knoweth it.
Hazrat Abdullah Ibn Vmar (raa) has related that
he heard the Prophet (Pbuh) recount the
"Three men on a journey were forced to take
shelter in a cave when they were overtaken by a
severe storm. A rock slipped down from the
mountain and blocked the cave's entrance. One
of the men said: The only way for deliverance
left is to beseech The Almighty in the name of
some virtuous deed. Thereupon one of them
Lord, my parents are very old
and I offer them their nightly drink of milk
before I offer any to my children and the other
members in the family. One day I came home
very late and by the time I returned home my
parents had already gone to sleep. I milked the
animals and brought their nightly drink to them,
but I didn't wanted to disturb their sleep. At the
same time I didn't want anyone else in the
family to have drink the milk till after the
parents had after the parents had their drink.
Thus I awaited their awakening till the flush of
dawn, while the children cried out of hunger at
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my feet. When they woke up they had their
drink. 0 Lord, if I did this thing seeking only
Thy pleasure, then do Thou relieve us of the
distress wrought upon us by this rock. '
Thereupon, the rock moved a little but not
enough to let them pass out. Then the second
man supplicated, ' 0 Lord, I had a cousin
whom I loved more passionately than any man
loves a woman. I tried to seduce her but she
would have none of me, till in a season of great
hardship due to famine, she approached me (for
help) and I gave her one hundred and twenty
dinars on condition that she would have sexual
intercourse with me. She agreed, and when we
got together and I was just going to have
intercourse with her, she pleaded: Fear
Almighty, and do not break the seal unlawfully;
whereupon I moved away from her, despite the
fact that I desired her the most; and I let her
keep the money, I had given her. 0 Lord, ifI
did this thing seeking only thy pleasure, do Thou
move the distress in which we find ourselves.'
Again, the rock moved a little but not enough to
let them pass out.
Then the third man
supplicated, ' 0 Lord, I hired some laborers and
paid them their dues, but one of them left
leaving behind what was due to him. I invested
it in the business and the business prospered
greatly. After quite some time the laborer came
back to me asking for his wages. I said to him:
All that you see is yours; camels, cattle, goats
and slaves. The laborer thought that I was
joking with him. When I assured him that it was
all his, he took all of it sparing nothing. 0 Lord,
if I did this seeking only Thy pleasure, do Thou
relieve us of our distress in which we find
ourselves.' The rock moved away, and all the
three came out of the cave safe and sound".
(Bukhari and Muslim)
This tradition has a number of advantages.
Among these, one is to seek The Almighty's
February 1991 / Shaban 1411