The ‘Sincerity Task’ on Prophetic Path is uniquely designed to not only help you to remove Riya’ (ostentation) and hypocrisy from within yourself but rather it is to facilitate you in reaching your ultimate aim which is to uphold the correct purpose in all your acts of worship – solely for the pleasure and closeness of Allah ﷻ.
There are in total ten levels of the sincerity task. In order to progress from one level to another you have to complete a consecutive 30 day streak. Many others have successfully completed it so you can too! Start ticking today and most importantly don’t give up. If you feel like you’re not progressing then consult your mentor as that is what they are there for.
Practical Tips on how to use Level 1 Sincerity Task
“In all the major good deeds, e.g. 5 daily prayers and one’s Dhikr, one should do them for the Pleasure of Allah ﷻ and in order to attain salvation and reward in the hereafter. One should check and refresh his/her intention in the beginning, middle and the end” (Level 1 Sincerity Task outline on Prophetic Path)
An example of how to formulate a specific intention and when to remind yourself:
- Intention – To become pure to enable an act of worship for the purpose of the pleasure of Allah ﷻ
- When –
- Beginning, when you are reciting the wudu dua (making intention)
- Middle, refresh the intention after washing your face
- End, after washing your feet.
- Intention – to read 4 Rakat of Salatul Asr (example) for the purpose of the pleasure of Allah ﷻ salvation and reward in the Hereafter.
- When –
- Beginning, your intention is enough just once before the first takbir
- Middle, refresh intention after the first thashahud
- End, just before Salaam
- Intention – to pay the alms from your surplus wealth to the needy for the purpose of the pleasure of Allah ﷻ, salvation and reward in the Hereafter.
- When –
- Beginning, before starting the calculation
- Middle, when the amount is determined
- End, through the action of giving
All other good deeds
The above applies to so many other infinite scenarios. For example:
- Hajj (pilgrimage)
- Dhikr (remembrance of Allah ﷻ)
- Reciting the Holy Quran
- So on and on
Phenomenal Secret to convert you ordinary actions into good deeds…just through your intention!
Well, it’s not really a secret at all. There is nothing that is good in this religion that has been withheld from us, Subhanallah. We say it’s a secret because it is not very well-known but the following formula enables you to convert any ordinary action into a beautifully majestic good deed. And on top of that it is the recipe to good relations and a happy life…Keep reading!
Say you have an ordinary deed, before conducting it make your intention at the beginning, middle and end that you are doing it for the pleasure and closeness of Allah ﷻ.
- Spending time with your spouse. Ok, so maybe you’re going through a rough patch and silent treatment is doing its rounds. Instead of prolonging this period think that the next time I see my spouse I will speak to him/her, not because he/she wants me to but because Allah ﷻ will be pleased with this act of mine. So you do! Not only is there is a real possibility that this will build bridges to recover the relationship but you will have gained the pleasure of Allah ﷻ through this action.
- Your neighbours rubbish is tipping into your garden. You clean up without getting angry and blowing your lid. You do this because Allah ﷻ has informed you to be good to your neighbors. You make this your intention and not necessarily to make your neighbor happy (although this is the sequential result of your intention – good all around) at the beginning, middle and the end. This will convert an ordinary task into a virtuous task.
- The list can go on and on…can you think of anymore?
So, the moral is that even if we practice a small good deed for a few brief moments whilst possessing good intentions and sincerity for the purpose of only pleasing Allah the Exalted, one will be rewarded manifold. What we perceive to be the small acts could be sufficient for our salvation in the sight of Allah ﷻ.
Step-by-step progress on Prophetic Path
After successful completion of level 1 you will move step by step to next levels of the Sincerity Task until one reaches the highest state of sincerity, which is to worship Allah ﷻ just for His own sake, not even for reward or for the fear of Hellfire, nor to gain Paradise, rather for His own sake and because of His incommensurable favors and blessings upon us.
And this superior state of Sincerity is well expressed in the following formidable prayer by one of the foremost female saints of Islam, Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya (RA):
“O God! If I worship You for fear of Hell, burn me in Hell
and if I worship You in hope of Paradise, exclude me from Paradise.
But if I worship You for Your Own sake,
grudge me not Your Everlasting Beauty.”
May this prayer be ours! Amin.
Amazing story about Sincerity
“For many years a certain Sufi master used to pray in the front row of the mosque which he frequented. One day something prevented him from arriving early at the mosque, so he prayed in the last row. After that he was not seen there for a while. When someone asked him about the reason for that, he answered: “I prayed in the front row for so many years. As I was performing my daily prayers, I thought that I was dedicating them to God only. The day I was late I was overcome with a shame of sorts, because the people in the mosque saw me in the last row. I thus came to realize that all my zeal all these years had derived from my desire to be seen doing my prayers.” (From the Risala of Al-Qushayri). This short story about sincerity reveals to us how hidden the minor shirk can be and the high importance of adopting a Sincerity Sheet.
Finally, to further protect oneself from the hidden Shirk it is has been reported that our beloved Master ﷺ said:
“Shirk (associating partners with Allah in His Essence or Attributes) is hidden than the crawling of ant. Shall I not tell you (such) words which will erase (the sin of) it? They are:
‘O Allah, I take refuge in You lest I should commit shirk with You knowingly and I seek Your forgiveness for what I do unknowingly,’ (Ibn Sunni)”
What to do now?
Nothing other than signing up and starting your own journey to purifying your intention, of course!
“He will indeed be successful who purifies it. And he will indeed fail who corrupts it.” (91:9, 10)