Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Love of Allah leads to perfect Ikhlas-Imam Rabbani R.A.

How to gain perfect Ikhlas (Sincerity)?

Problems in attaining purity of intention is a highly destructive disease of the heart and leads to the major sin of 'Showing off' or Riya. 

It's severity can be understood by the Hadith that states that even a small amount of Riya is shirk.

The Prophet Muhammed (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) out of his love and concern for the Ummah (nation), feared this calamity more than any other. "What I fear for you the most is the minor shirk, that is ar-riya. Allah will say on the Day of Judgement when He is rewarding the people for their actions: Go to those for whom you did riya for in the world then see if you find the reward with them."
[Related by Ahmad (5/428, 429) and al-Baghawi in Sharh as-Sunnah (4135) from the hadith of Mahmud bin Lubayd, radiallahu 'anhu, with an authentic chain upon the conditions of Muslim]
Abu Sa’eed  R.A. reported that Allah’s Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) came to us while we were discussing about Dajjal and said:
“Should I inform you of that which I fear for you even more than the dangers of  Dajjal ? It is hidden Shirk...”  
(Sahih Sunan ibn Majah) 
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Given the immense importance of Ikhlas and avoidance of Riya, the scholars of Tazkiya have mentioned many methods to attain this. In the below passage, Imam Rabbani Sheikh Ahmed Sirhindi R.A. who is one of the foremost experts of this field, mentions in his 'Maktubaat' the way to develop absolute and perfect Ikhlas so that even a remote chance of Riya is removed:

"He who is still in love with his Nafs (self), does whatever he does for his own sake whether he is aware of it or not. But when the love for the self disappears and is replaced by the love of God, then whatever he does, he does for the sake of God, whether he deliberately attends to his intention (niyyah) or not. 
You need to specify your intention when you have alternatives; but when you have no alternative you do not need to specify. 

‘This is a favour with which God blesses whom He likes, and God is the most gracious.’ (Quran)

The man whose sincerity is permanent is the 'mukhlas' (that is, the one who has been chosen by God and reserved for Himself), and the one whose sincerity is not permanent and who has to struggle  for it every time, he is 'mukhlis' (that is, the sincere). What a difference between the two!" 

May Allah grant us real Ikhlas and His perfect Love. Ameen,

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