الإخلاص   Al-IKHLAAS
Meaning of Ikhlaas  <ul><li>إِخْلاصٌ – أََخْلَصَ --  يُخْلِصُ </li></ul><ul><li>To make pure, to make sincere. </li></ul><...
Ikhlaas-  An important part of Aqeedah   An important part of Ibaadah <ul><li>قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَ...
Ikhlaas-  An important part of Aqeedah   An important part of Ibaadah… <ul><li>Say (O Muhammad SAW): &quot;I am only a man...
Ikhlaas – A Command <ul><li>وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلاّ لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ  مُخْلِصِينَ  لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاء وَيُقِيمُوا الص...
Ikhlaas – A Command… <ul><li>And they were commanded not, but that they </li></ul><ul><li>should worship Allâh,  solely fo...
Ibaadah is only for Allah SWT   <ul><li>تَنزِيلُ الْكِتَابِ مِنَ اللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَكِيمِ . </li></ul><ul><li>إِنَّا ...
Ibaadah is only for Allah SWT… <ul><li>The revelation of this Book (the Qur'an) is from Allâh, the All-Mighty, the All-Wis...
Ikhlaas- A Challenge; A Struggle <ul><li>One of the challenges of doing good deeds is to maintain the pureness of intentio...
Struggle to maintain Ikhlaas  <ul><li>Sahl bin Abdullah : There is nothing tougher upon the soul than Ikhlaas. How many ti...
Struggle to maintain Ikhlaas… <ul><li>It is not the outer action alone that matters although the action should be done acc...
Struggle to maintain Ikhlaas… <ul><li>But more important is the fact that  our inner self  can cause this deed to be accep...
Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas <ul><li>وَلَقَدْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ وَإِلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ لَئِنْ ...
Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), as it w...
Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>We read in Sahih Muslim,  At-Tirmidhi, and An-Nasa’ee on the aut...
Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>[Another] will be a man who has  studied [religious] knowledge  ...
Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>[Another] will be a man whom  Allah had made rich  and to whom H...
Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>These three represent:  </li></ul><ul><li>Shaheed-- one’s life  ...
Riyaa –  A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers   <ul><li>Ikhlaas cannot coexist in a heart that possess two qualitie...
Riyaa –  A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>A heart which [embraces] the love of praise and commendation...
Riyaa –  A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>Narrated Abu Hurairah, Rasoolullah (SAS) said:  </li></ul><u...
Riyaa –  A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>لاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ يَفْرَحُونَ بِمَا أَتَواْ وَّيُحِب...
Riyaa –  A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>A heart that yearns and craves [to obtain] that which is pos...
Riyaa –  A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>Abu Musa (RA) narrated that a man came to Rasoolullah (SAS) ...
How to train the soul not to crave for praises <ul><li>Develop firm knowledge and conviction that there is no individual w...
How to train the soul not to crave for praises … <ul><li>قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَآءُ و...
How to train the soul not to crave for praises… <ul><li>Say (O Muhammad SAW): &quot;O Allah! Possessor of the kingdom, You...
How to train the soul not to crave for praises… <ul><li>So it is important to be more concerned with the praises of Allah ...
How to train the soul not to crave for what people possesses:   <ul><li>Firm knowledge that Allah SWT alone possesses The ...
How to train the soul not to crave for what people possesses… <ul><li>A servant can achieve this Treasure through sincere ...
How to train the soul not to crave for what people possesses… <ul><li>إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ كَا...
How to train the soul not to crave for what people possesses… <ul><li>&quot;Verily! Those who believe and do righteous dee...
Striving for Ikhlaas <ul><li>why are we doing this action </li></ul><ul><li>is it done to please Allah SWT alone </li></ul...
Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>&quot;The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward a...
Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَى إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَم...
Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>Say (O Muhammad SAW): &quot;I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your  ...
Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>وَاذْكُرْ عِبَادَنَا إبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْحَقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ أُوْلِي الْأَيْدِي وَالْأَبْصَارِ </...
Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>And remember Our slaves, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, (all) owners of strength (in worshipping...
Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>أحكم السفينة فإن البحر عميق </li></ul><ul><li>واستكثر الزاد فإن السـفر طويل </li></ul><ul><l...
Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>Make sturdy and strong your ship, for the sea is deep. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in your pr...
Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>Alee (RA) said:  </li></ul><ul><li>  “ Do not be concerned with smallness of deed; rather be...
REMEMBER <ul><li>A sincere person is the one who hides his good deeds just like he hides his evil deeds.   </li></ul>
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Ikhlas and Riya

  1. 1. الإخلاص Al-IKHLAAS
  2. 2. Meaning of Ikhlaas <ul><li>إِخْلاصٌ – أََخْلَصَ -- يُخْلِصُ </li></ul><ul><li>To make pure, to make sincere. </li></ul><ul><li>Ikhlaas means nothing should come between you and Allah SWT in your actions. </li></ul><ul><li>It is that one’s speech/action/emotions are free from all impurities of the soul. </li></ul><ul><li>Ikhlaas is to battle the whispers of Shaytan when you do a good deed . </li></ul>
  3. 3. Ikhlaas- An important part of Aqeedah An important part of Ibaadah <ul><li>قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَى إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلا صَالِحًا و َلا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ikhlaas- An important part of Aqeedah An important part of Ibaadah… <ul><li>Say (O Muhammad SAW): &quot;I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilâh (God) is One Ilâh (God i.e. Allâh). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord .&quot;’ (18/110) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Ikhlaas – A Command <ul><li>وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلاّ لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاء وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَذَلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ </li></ul>
  6. 6. Ikhlaas – A Command… <ul><li>And they were commanded not, but that they </li></ul><ul><li>should worship Allâh, solely for Him alone and </li></ul><ul><li>perform As-Salât ( Iqâmat-as-Salât ) and give </li></ul><ul><li>Zakat : and that is the right religion.(98/5) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Ibaadah is only for Allah SWT <ul><li>تَنزِيلُ الْكِتَابِ مِنَ اللَّهِ الْعَزِيزِ الْحَكِيمِ . </li></ul><ul><li>إِنَّا أَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ فَاعْبُدِ اللَّهَ مُخْلِصًا لَّهُ الدِّينَ . </li></ul><ul><li>أَلا لِلَّهِ الدِّينُ الْخَالِصُ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ مَا نَعْبُدُهُمْ إِلاّ لِيُقَرِّبُونَا إِلَى اللَّهِ زُلْفَى إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَحْكُمُ بَيْنَهُمْ فِي مَا هُمْ فِيهِ يَخْتَلِفُونَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لا يَهْدِي مَنْ هُوَ كَاذِبٌ كَفَّارٌ </li></ul>
  8. 8. Ibaadah is only for Allah SWT… <ul><li>The revelation of this Book (the Qur'an) is from Allâh, the All-Mighty, the All-Wise. </li></ul><ul><li>Verily, We have sent down the Book to you (O Muhammad SAW) in truth: So worship Allâh (Alone) by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allah's sake only, (and not to show-off, and not to set up rivals with Him in worship). </li></ul><ul><li>Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allâh only. And those who take Auliyâ' (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say): &quot;We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allâh.&quot; Verily, Allâh will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Truly, Allâh guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever. ( 39/1-3) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Ikhlaas- A Challenge; A Struggle <ul><li>One of the challenges of doing good deeds is to maintain the pureness of intention for Allah SWT alone throughout that deed: </li></ul><ul><li>Before the action (Niyah) </li></ul><ul><li>During (Ittiba’) </li></ul><ul><li>After the action (Shukr/ Ikhlaas) </li></ul><ul><li>Beware of the Ego! Like an ant </li></ul>
  10. 10. Struggle to maintain Ikhlaas <ul><li>Sahl bin Abdullah : There is nothing tougher upon the soul than Ikhlaas. How many times have I tried to extinguish Riyaa from my heart and it is as if it has appeared in a different color. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Struggle to maintain Ikhlaas… <ul><li>It is not the outer action alone that matters although the action should be done according to the statutes and ordinance of The Quran and the guidance of Rasoolullah SAS. </li></ul><ul><li>Rasoolullah SAS sent a man to re-do his Salaah. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Struggle to maintain Ikhlaas… <ul><li>But more important is the fact that our inner self can cause this deed to be accepted or our inner self can bring destruction to this deed. </li></ul><ul><li>Not only is the action destroyed but it is a means of severe punishment on Day of Judgment. </li></ul><ul><li>This no one can see except Allah SWT. Even ourselves if we are blinded by our Nafs we cannot see the inner self. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas <ul><li>وَلَقَدْ أُوحِيَ إِلَيْكَ وَإِلَى الَّذِينَ مِنْ قَبْلِكَ لَئِنْ أَشْرَكْتَ لَيَحْبَطَنَّ عَمَلُكَ وَلَتَكُونَنَّ مِنَ الْخَاسِرِينَ </li></ul>
  14. 14. Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>And indeed it has been revealed to you (O Muhammad SAW), as it was to those (Allâh's Messengers) before you: &quot;If you join others in worship with Allâh, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain , and you will certainly be among the losers.&quot; (39/65) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>We read in Sahih Muslim, At-Tirmidhi, and An-Nasa’ee on the authority of Abu Hurairah (RA): I heard The Prophet of Allah Peace and blessings of Allah be upon him saying: </li></ul><ul><li>The first of people against whom judgment will be pronounced on the Day of Resurrection will be a man who died a martyr . He will be brought and Allah will make known to him His favors and he will recognize them. </li></ul><ul><li>[ The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I fought for you until I died a martyr. </li></ul><ul><li>He will say: You have lied - you did but fight that it might be said [of you]: He is courageous. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>[Another] will be a man who has studied [religious] knowledge and has taught it and who used to recite the Quran. He will be brought and Allah will make known to His favors and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I studied [religious] knowledge and I taught it and I recited the Quran for Your sake. He will say: You have lied - you did but study [religious] knowledge that it might be said [of you]: He is learned. And you recited the Quran that it might be said [of you]: He is a reciter. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>[Another] will be a man whom Allah had made rich and to whom He had given all kinds of wealth. He will be brought and Allah will make known to His favors and he will recognize them. [The Almighty] will say: And what did you do about them? He will say: I left no path [untrained] in which You like money to be spent without spending in it for Your sake. He will say: You have lied - you did but do so that it might be said [of you]: He is open-handed. And so it was said. Then he will be ordered to be dragged along on his face until he is cast into Hell-fire. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Consequences of deeds not performed with Ikhlaas… <ul><li>These three represent: </li></ul><ul><li>Shaheed-- one’s life </li></ul><ul><li>Spent to learn --one’s time </li></ul><ul><li>Spending--one’s wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Everything else falls under these! </li></ul>
  19. 19. Riyaa – A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers <ul><li>Ikhlaas cannot coexist in a heart that possess two qualities: </li></ul><ul><li>A heart which [embraces] the love of praise and commendation, </li></ul><ul><li>A heart that yearns and craves [to obtain] that which is possessed amongst the people. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Riyaa – A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>A heart which [embraces] the love of praise and commendation </li></ul><ul><li>Abu Hurairah (RA) narrated that Rasoolullah (SAS) said: </li></ul><ul><li>قال الله عز و جل : الكبرياء ردائي و العظمة إزاري فمن نازعني واحدا منهما قذفته في النار . </li></ul><ul><li>Allah SWT said: Pride is My Cloak and greatness My Robe, so whoever competes with Me, with respect to either of them. I shall cast him into Hell.” </li></ul>
  21. 21. Riyaa – A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>Narrated Abu Hurairah, Rasoolullah (SAS) said: </li></ul><ul><li>ثلاثٌ مُهلِكاتٌ : هَوَى مُتّبَعٌ و شُحٌّ مُطاعٌ و إعجابُ المرءِ بنفسـه و هي أشدُّهنّ . </li></ul><ul><li>There are three destructful things: </li></ul><ul><li>desires that are followed </li></ul><ul><li>greediness that is obeyed and </li></ul><ul><li>a person’s self-admiration and conceit: and this is the worst of the three. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Riyaa – A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>لاَ تَحْسَبَنَّ الَّذِينَ يَفْرَحُونَ بِمَا أَتَواْ وَّيُحِبُّونَ أَن يُحْمَدُواْ بِمَا لَمْ يَفْعَلُواْ فَلاَ تَحْسَبَنَّهُمْ بِمَفَازَةٍ مِّنَ الْعَذَابِ وَلَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ </li></ul><ul><li>Think not that those who rejoice in what they have done (or brought about), and love to be praised for what they have not done,- think not you that they are rescued from the torment, and for them is a painful torment. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Riyaa – A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>A heart that yearns and craves [to obtain] that which is possessed amongst the people. </li></ul><ul><li>So if someone possesses the following that person who craves will do all he can to be seen that he deserves that. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rank </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Money </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Riyaa – A Huge Hindrance to Ikhlaas and its dangers… <ul><li>Abu Musa (RA) narrated that a man came to Rasoolullah (SAS) and asked: “A person fights to for booty ( worldly ) another to prove his bravery ( praised ) and a third to show off ( so that his position can be seen ): of these three which one fights in the way of Allah SWT: </li></ul><ul><li>He replied: Who fights to make the word of Allah SWT prevalent, he is the one who fights in the way of Allah SWT. </li></ul>
  25. 25. How to train the soul not to crave for praises <ul><li>Develop firm knowledge and conviction that there is no individual who can [confer] benefit upon or beautify his praise more than Allah SWT. – المُعِز ّ </li></ul><ul><li>Nor is there any individual who can inflict damage upon or disgrace him save Allah alone. – المُذِلّ . </li></ul>
  26. 26. How to train the soul not to crave for praises … <ul><li>قُلِ اللَّهُمَّ مَالِكَ الْمُلْكِ تُؤْتِي الْمُلْكَ مَن تَشَآءُ وَتَنـزِعُ الْمُلْكَ مِمَّن تَشَاء وَتُعِزُّ مَن تَشَاء وَتُذِلُّ مَن تَشَاء بِيَدِكَ الْخَيْرُ إِنَّكَ عَلَىَ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ </li></ul>
  27. 27. How to train the soul not to crave for praises… <ul><li>Say (O Muhammad SAW): &quot;O Allah! Possessor of the kingdom, You give the kingdom to whom You will, and You take the kingdom from whom You will, and You endue with honor whom You will, and You humiliate whom You will. In Your Hand is the good. Verily, You are Able to do all things . (3/26) </li></ul>
  28. 28. How to train the soul not to crave for praises… <ul><li>So it is important to be more concerned with the praises of Allah SWT and be more concerned with His defamation. </li></ul><ul><li>We have to stop making people the goal of achieving praises or being defamed by people. </li></ul>
  29. 29. How to train the soul not to crave for what people possesses: <ul><li>Firm knowledge that Allah SWT alone possesses The Treasures. What we see in people’s hand is only very temporary. </li></ul><ul><li>Firm knowledge that no individual can furnish the slave with [those Treasures] save Allah SWT. </li></ul>
  30. 30. How to train the soul not to crave for what people possesses… <ul><li>A servant can achieve this Treasure through sincere Ibaadaat </li></ul><ul><li>This calls for patience with Allah SWT. </li></ul>
  31. 31. How to train the soul not to crave for what people possesses… <ul><li>إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ كَانَتْ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتُ الْفِرْدَوْسِ نُزُلًا </li></ul><ul><li>خَالِدِينَ فِيهَا لَا يَبْغُونَ عَنْهَا حِوَلًا </li></ul>
  32. 32. How to train the soul not to crave for what people possesses… <ul><li>&quot;Verily! Those who believe and do righteous deeds, shall have the Gardens of Al-Firdaus (the Paradise) for their entertainment. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Wherein they shall dwell (forever). No desire will they have to be removed there from.&quot; </li></ul>
  33. 33. Striving for Ikhlaas <ul><li>why are we doing this action </li></ul><ul><li>is it done to please Allah SWT alone </li></ul><ul><li>what do I hope to achieve from this action </li></ul><ul><li>do I do it to be seen by others </li></ul>
  34. 34. Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>&quot;The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.&quot; </li></ul>
  35. 35. Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَى إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَهُكُمْ إِلَهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا </li></ul>
  36. 36. Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>Say (O Muhammad SAW): &quot;I am only a man like you. It has been inspired to me that your Ilâh (God) is One Ilâh (God i.e. Allâh). So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.&quot; (18/110) </li></ul>
  37. 37. Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>وَاذْكُرْ عِبَادَنَا إبْرَاهِيمَ وَإِسْحَقَ وَيَعْقُوبَ أُوْلِي الْأَيْدِي وَالْأَبْصَارِ </li></ul><ul><li>إِنَّا أَخْلَصْنَاهُم بِخَالِصَةٍ ذِكْرَى الدَّارِ </li></ul>
  38. 38. Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>And remember Our slaves, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, (all) owners of strength (in worshipping Us) and (also) of religious understanding. </li></ul><ul><li>Verily, We did choose them for Ikhlaas by granting them the sincere remembrance of the home [in the Hereafter]. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>أحكم السفينة فإن البحر عميق </li></ul><ul><li>واستكثر الزاد فإن السـفر طويل </li></ul><ul><li>و خفف ظهرك فإن العقبة كؤود </li></ul><ul><li>و أخلص العمل فأن الناقد بصير </li></ul>
  40. 40. Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>Make sturdy and strong your ship, for the sea is deep. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase in your provisions for the journey is long. </li></ul><ul><li>Relief your back of its load for the journey is wearisome and tiring. </li></ul><ul><li>And be sincere in your actions for the one who will pay you is All Seeing. </li></ul>
  41. 41. Striving for Ikhlaas… <ul><li>Alee (RA) said: </li></ul><ul><li>  “ Do not be concerned with smallness of deed; rather be concerned with the acceptance of that deed.” </li></ul>
  42. 42. REMEMBER <ul><li>A sincere person is the one who hides his good deeds just like he hides his evil deeds. </li></ul>
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