Sincerity in obeying Allah is among the obligations of the heart. It is also one of the good characteristics.
Sincerity in obeying Allah is doing the good deeds for the sake of Allah only. It is not doing them seeking the praise and respect of people. Allah made sincerity a condition for the acceptance of the good deeds.
Faman kana yarju liqa'a Rabbihi falya^mal ^amalan salihaw wa la yushrik bi^ibadati Rabbihi ahada.
Ayah 110 of Surah Al-Kahf means:
"Let the one who believes in the Day of Judgment do good deeds without seeking the praise of the people by doing so."
The sincere person is the one who performs the good deeds—be it praying, fasting, Hajj, Zakah, or reciting Qur'an—seeking the reward from Allah,
and not for the sake of people praising and mentioning him.
The one who
is praying should be performing obedience for the sake of Allah
only, not so that the people will say: "So and so prays, he does not
miss any obligation."
Also the one who is fasting should be fasting for
the sake of Allah only.
The same applies to, the case of the one who is giving Zakah, sadaqah, reciting the Qur'an, or anyone who is performing a good deed.
Innallaha yuhibbu ahadakum idha ^amila ^amalan ay yutqinah. Someone said: "Wa ma itqanuhu ya Rasulallah." The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said: "Yukhlisuhu minar-riya'i wal-bid^ah."
The Prophet, sallallahu ^alayhi wa sallam, said:
"Certainly, Allah loves for one of you
when performing a deed to perform it properly."
Someone said: "How is that, O Messenger of Allah?"
He (sallallahu alaihi wasallam replied:
"One does it only for the sake of Allah
and according to the rules of the Religion."
(Narrated by As-Suyutiyy.)
Is the opposite of sincerity. It is doing the good deeds, such as fasting, for the praise of the people and their admiration.
Insincerity nullifies the reward of the deed. The
performer of any deed that is done with insincerity receives no reward,
whether it was done for the praise of people only or coupled with
seeking the reward. Moreover, such a person commits an enormous sin.
~Priding oneself for obeying Allah~
After performing certain types of obedience, some people feel
conceitedly proud of these actions. They feel they have a high status
because of performing these actions, forgetting that Allah is the One Who inspired and enabled them to do these good deeds.
Insincerity and priding oneself for obeying Allah
are two sins of the heart. They are also two bad characteristics that
the pubescent person must avoid. One should be sincere while obeying Allah to earn the reward from Allah.
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