Some ulama mention that the Sahaaaba used to do a lot of evil yet they still remained in a good state with their ikhlaas. This means they actually believed in what they were doing and were very truthful and honest.
Due to this sincerity and honesty they became Muslim. Allah sent the message to them and allowed them to conquer the world in a short space of time! And they were the simplest of people!
Ask yourself why you are doing an action before you do it.
اللَّهُمَّ اجْعَلْ فِي قَلْبِي نُورًا وَفِي لِسَانِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ فِي سَمْعِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ فِي بَصَرِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ خَلْفِي نُورًا وَمِنْ أَمَامِي نُورًا وَاجْعَلْ مِنْ فَوْقِي نُورًا وَمِنْ تَحْتِي نُورًا. اللَّهُمَّ أَعْطِنِي نُورًا ”
“O Allah put light in my heart and light in my tongue and put light in my hearing and put light in my sight and put light behind me and light in front of me and put light above me and light beneath me.
O Allah give me light.”
Try to memorise the book of Allah.
A Shaykh once mentioned that a man would pray 10 juz in his qiyaam ul layl just to help him revise his Qur’an.
A Shaykh in Egypt finished the Qur’an in eight months. If you recite from anywhere in the Qur’an, he can carry on from that Verse!
A man started memorising the Qur’an when he was in his fifties, He memorised a few Aayahs a day and when he reached his late 70s/80s, he had memorised the entire Qur’an!
A blind Shaykh was on a journey and the people didn’t have a watch so couldn’t tell the time. The blind Shaykh told them the time. They enquired as to how he knew and he replied that they left at this time and it takes him 15 minutes to recite one juz from his memory and that he had already completed a few juz.
Memorising is not hard, it just takes discipline and sincerity.
- Some of the righteous of the past mentioned that sincerity is that you ask no one to witness your deeds except Allah!
- Others said that sincerity is when one remains blind to his own good deeds.
- Others mentioned that sincerity is when one’s outward actions conform to one’s inward thoughts.
- Others said that sincerity is a secret which Allah placed in the hearts of those whom He loves!
How difficult it is to remain sincere!
The Prophet (saw) had a camel called al Adbaa and he would race people and beat them. Once, a Bedouin came with a young camel below six years of age and beat the Prophet (saw). The Sahaaba were affected. The Prophet (saw) said, it’s Allah’s Law that everything which rises in the dunya, Allah will bring it down.
When you reach your peak, you’re going to go downhill, physically or otherwise.
He (saw) mentioned anything of the dunya will go down but he didn’t say the Aakhirah! So, anything done for the Aakhirah will not go down, rather it goes up, such as a project or something left behind as a legacy!
When something is done for Allah, with sincerity, knowledge and emaan, it’ll increase.
Sufyan al Thawri thought that someone was showing off and due to this Sufyan was denied the night prayer for five months.
Some of the people of the past mentioned that a slave is not being sincere when he desires fame and wants to be known.
The people of the past would write to each other and warn each other about wanting to be known!
It’s very sad to see people feeling happy when they are remembered by others and feeling happiness in their heart when they know people know of them! This is from the diseases of the heart and what a great many they are!