Sincerity of Intention

‘Sincerity of Intention’ – Delivered by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq on 7th December 2012 at Al Kawthar Academy (Leicester, UK)

Every believer’s deeds will be judged on the Day of Judgement according to his or her sincerity of intention. In essence, sincerity of intention means to perform deeds exclusively for the sake and pleasure of Allāh. Any discrepancy in the purity of the intention can render subsequent actions void. Sincerity in intention is of paramount importance because without sincerity, the greatest of deeds are unacceptable to Allāh. In contrast, even the smallest of deeds are enhanced greatly and magnified because of pure intentions. The acceptability of deeds with Allāh will only be determined by a person’s intentions and not by their appearance, wealth or social standing.

A famous ḥadīth about this topic, which is also considered to be a foundation stone of our faith, is discussed in detail within this talk.
We are reminded that as believers we should continuously evaluate our intentions. The more fame and social standing one has, the greater fear of ostentation there is and thus the greater need to review and purify intentions at the beginning, in the middle, and at the end of deeds. One’s charity and good deeds should not be destroyed with imposition, pride or boastfulness.

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