Concept of Hope in Islam

The Importance of Sincerity

The sincerity of intention, action and then perseverance on it is the highest station of love and servitude to God. Sincerity towards Allah is the best type of sincerity. The Muslim is being sincere towards his Lord if he achieves sincerity in three aspects: faith and proper belief, acts of obedience, and morals and manners. Faith does not mean mere wishful thinking. The one who is sincere in his faith is the one who attains faith in the way his Sincerity with Allah is not something that we can make a show of and convince ourselves of whilst abandoning righteous deeds. Allah says:

وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاء وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ وَذَلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ

“And not they were commanded except to worship Allah (being) sincere to Him (in) the religion, upright, and to establish the prayer, and to give the zakah And that (is the) religion the correct.” (Surah Al-Bayyinah, 98:5)

Sincerity towards Allah is in the intention and the action when we do it and when the means of doing it becomes available. Lord wants from him, which includes sincerity in faith, sincerity in intention, and sincerity in fear of Allah, may He be exalted. Not every act of obedience is sincere unless it is done, both outwardly and inwardly, in a manner which Allah likes. Allah says:

خْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ وَمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مِن رِّزْقٍ فَأَحْيَا بِهِ الْأَرْضَ بَعْدَ مَوْتِهَا وَتَصْرِيفِ الرِّيَاحِ آيَاتٌ لِّقَوْمٍ يَعْقِلُونَ

“In the changing of night and day and in what Allah sends down from the sky of provision and gives life thereby to the earth after its lifelessness and in His directing the winds are signs for people who reason.” (Surah Al-Jathiya 45:5)

Sincerity means being deeply devoted to Allah by heart. A sincere person has a deep fear for Allah, profoundly believes in Him, sees and advocates the righteousness in the best way. With any good action that we do sincerity is important, especially in Islam, any form of worship that we do, we need sincerity. Sincerity cannot be shown when we worship Allah, but through our intentions, we can create a sense of sincerity.

Sincerity means being deeply devoted to Allah by heart:
  1. Sincerity in intention is a matter between man and his Creator
  2. Sincerity sincere, truthful, pure, distant from show 
  3. Sincerity sincere purposes in relations with Allah
  4. Sincerity conduct, and being close the things 
  5. Sincerity straightforwardness in thoughts
  6. Sincerity one’s heart. purity of intention
  7. Sincerity ostentation in one’s intention
  8. Sincerity loyalty in servitude to Allah
  9. Sincerity interpreted as being upright
  10. Sincerity is the right path to heaven
  11. Sincerity challenges your Faith
  12. Sincerity increases our reward
  13. Sincerity completes our Faith
  14. Sincerity forgives your sins
  15. Muslim base should a pious intention
  16. Sincerity challenges you to be patient
  17. Sincerity surrounds you with goodness
  18. Muslim perform best strives to any deed
  19. Sincerity is a sound goal of bringing benefit
  20. Sincerity included in the meaning of sincerity
  21. Sincerity protects us from the obstacles of life
  22. The purpose of our creation is to worship Allah
  23. Sincerity remainder of this world and the Hereafter
  24. Muslim believes in the great importance of intention

Sincerity is not something that you show off or convince yourself of, sincerity is when a good deed is available by the will of Allah, and you attain this reward with an action that is supported by sincere intentions. A simple action could be that you notice some rubbish on the train and you pick it up and dispose of it in the bin. These simple but great deeds are rewarded by Allah. Allah says:

وَمَا خَلَقْتُ الْجِنَّ وَالْإِنسَ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُونِ

“And not I have created the jinn and mankind except that they worship Me.” (Surah Adh-Dhariyat, 51:56)

Sincerity enlightens our soul. It prevents us from being disappointed. Imagine, when we do something and put our tremendous effort for other than Allah, like human-beings for example. The probability of them to disappoint us is high because they are just temporal creatures. It is different from doing something because of Allah. Allah himself love all his creature and promised not to disappoint them. None of the people in this world has such a great ability to pay back our devoutness except Allah. Allah says:

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِّثْلُكُمْ يُوحَىٰ إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَٰهُكُمْ إِلَٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ فَمَن كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًا

Say, “Only I (am) a man like you. Has been revealed to me that your God (is) God One. So whoever is hoping (for the) meeting (with) his Lord, let him do deeds righteous and not associate in (the) worship (of) his Lord anyone.” (Surah Al-Kahf, 18:110)

We as his greatest creations should realize how important it is worshipping him as the act of our gratitude. However, worshipping Allah as the act of devoutness can’t be done carelessly. The acceptable deeds gained when we do worship him sincerely for the sake of Allah. Because when we do that as the form of pleasing others, it has no spiritual benefit. So, it is important to concern more on the intention.

  • “Take the Book with determination.” (Quran 19:12)
  • “Except those of Your servants who have ikhlas.” (Quran 38:83)
  • “Take what We have given you with determination.” (Qur’an2:63,93)
  • “Say: Whether you hide what is in your breasts or reveal it, Allah knows it.” (Quran 3:29)
  • “Take them with determination and order your people to take the best of it.” (Quran 7:145)
  • “Such are the people of the truth and they are Al‑Muttaqoon (the pious).” (Al-Baqarah 2:177)
  • “Say: O my Servants who have transgressed against their souls! Despair not of the Mercy of Allah: for Allah forgives all sins: for He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.” (Qur’an, 39:53)
  • “As for those who believe and do right actions and humble themselves before their Lord, they are the Companions of the Heaven, remaining in it timelessly, forever.” (Surah Hud, 23)
  • “And there will become clear to them that which they were not expecting. For the evil of their deeds will become apparent to them.” (Quran 39:47-48)
  • “Those who have iman and confuse not their iman with injustice. For them, there will be security and they are the rightly guided.” (Quran 6:82)
  • “And they were not commanded except with this: that they should worship Allah, being completely sincere in the Din.” (Quran 98:5)
  • “Surely We have revealed to you the Book with the truth, therefore serve Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience.” (Quran, 39:2)
  • “And he who has come with the sincere (faith) and has sincere faith in it, those are they who are pious.” (Quran 39:33)
  • “It is neither their meat nor their blood that reaches Allah, but it is piety from you that reaches Him.” (Quran 22:37)

Sincerity forgives your sins because it completes your deeds and prayers. Satans will not cease tempting us till the end of time. Therefore, we need to protect our deeds from being spoiled by them. To cease them doing so, we need to wholeheartedly put our sincerity in faith and action. Allah says:

وَلَقَدْ فَتَنَّا الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِهِمْ فَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ اللَّهُ الَّذِينَ صَدَقُوا وَلَيَعْلَمَنَّ الْكَاذِبِينَ

“And indeed, We tested those who (were) before them. And Allah will surely make even those who (are) truthful and He will surely make evident the liars.” (Surah Al-‘Ankabut, 29:3)

Sincerity in Islam that we can treasure in our life. Don’t forget to always follow the teaching of Islam and implement it in our life. Due to his fear for Allah and profound love of Allah, a sincere person is someone who readily discriminates between the right and the wrong, who implements what is right according to the Qur’an and, without seeing any limits in closeness to Allah and love for him. Allah says:

لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ فَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انفِصَامَ لَهَا وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“(There is) no compulsion in the religion. Surely has become distinct the right (path) from the wrong. Then whoever disbelieves in false deities and believes in Allah, surely he grasped the handhold – [the] firm, (which) not (will) break [for it]. And Allah (is) All-Hearing, All-Knowing.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:256)

It is very difficult to be sincere. No matter how understanding we are, sometimes it is difficult to be wholehearted helping or forgiving other people. It is so common to fool ourselves, trying to let go things that bother us. It is also difficult to believe in insincerity. Sincerity may demand to suffer, but we must put our faith in believing that it only tests you to grow better and better as a person and believer of Allah. May peace and blessing of Allah may be upon us as always.