Book Name:Shaitan kay baaz hathyar
To dislike the praise of one’s deed is sincerity
Those who desire being praised, encouraged and given gifts because they have acquired a great deal of religious knowledge, achieved higher positions in religious examinations, rendered a lot of religious services, authored many books, performed so-and-so virtuous deeds, travelled with Dawat-e-Islami’s Madanī Qāfilaĥs for a long time should all learn some lesson from the following parable and endeavour to counter the attack of Satan.
The companions of Sayyidunā ‘Īsā عَـلٰى نَبِـيِّـنَا وَ عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام asked him, ‘Whose deed is sincere?’ Sayyidunā ‘Īsā عَـلٰى نَبِـيِّـنَا وَ عَـلَيْـهِ الـصَّلٰوة ُ وَالـسَّلَام replied, ‘The deed of only that person will be considered sincere who performs his deed solely for the pleasure of Allah عَزَّوَجَلَّ and dislikes being praised by people for that deed.’ (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 5, pp. 110)
Five sayings of saints about sincerity
1. Sayyidunā Ya’qūb Makfūf رَحْمَةُ اللهِ تَعَالٰی عَلَيْه has stated, ‘A sincere person hides his virtuous deeds as he hides his sins.’ (Iḥyā-ul-‘Ulūm, vol. 5, pp. 105)
2. Sayyidunā Sarī Saqaṭī عَـلَيْهِ رَحْـمَةُ الـلّٰـهِ الۡـقَـوِی has stated, ‘If you offer 2 Rak’āt Ṣalāĥ with sincerity in seclusion, this is better for you than even writing 70 or 700 authentically referenced Aḥādīš.’ (ibid, 106) The Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللهُ تَعَالٰى عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated, ‘For a man to offer Nafl Ṣalāĥ at such a place where he would not be seen by people is equivalent to 25 Ṣalāĥ