In the name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful.
Ikhlas has been interpreted as being upright, sincere, and pure; being distant from show in one’s intention and conduct. Every deed must be for Allah alone and for His pleasure. Sincerity is the spirit of all deeds. Without sincerity all deeds are useless. (Spiritual Discourses, Mufti Taqi Usmani, p.170 v.2)
Sincerity is one of the most significant qualities of those most faithful or loyal to Allah. Faithfulness and sincerity were as intrinsic and essential to the Prophets as air and water are to the lives of those who communicate the Prophets’ message to others in every age. In addition, they were the Prophets’ most important sources of power. The Prophets were convinced that they could not take one step forward without sincerity, and the representatives of the cause of Prophethood must believe that they will be able to achieve nothing without it.
Sincerity is an attitude of the heart, and God views an individual according to his or her heart’s inclination. I have mentioned a couple of hadiths in this regard below. (Extracted from Imam Nawawi’s Riyadhus Saliheen p.21 –p.22)
The Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam has said, “Verily Allah does not look to your faces and your wealth but He looks to your heart and to your deeds.” (Sahih Muslim)
Saaiduna Ibn Abbas Radiallahu Anhu said that the Prophet of Allah Sallallahu Alahi Wasalam said in what he reported from his Lord, the Mighty and Majestic, “Allah wrote good actions and bad actions and then made that clear. Whoever intends to do a good action and then does not do it, Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, will write a full good action for him. If he intends to do it and then does it, Allah will write ten to seven hundred good actions multiplied many times over. If he intends an evil action and then does not do it, Allah will write a full good action for him. If he intends it and then does it, Allah will write one bad action for him.” (Sahih Bukhari & Sahih Muslim)
Only Allah Knows Best
Mohammed Tosir Miah
Darul Ifta Birmingham.