If we were to look within ourselves and reflect over our actions, we will find Ikhlaas (sincerity) is that ingredient which is lacking in our Ibaadah (worship), in our Mu’aamalaat (dealings), Zikr, Tilawat (i.e. recitation of the Qur`aan Shareef), Ta`leem (teaching), charities, in the establishment of many of our Deeni Institutes and so too, in many of our religious activities.
No doubt, there are those who participate in some field of Deeni (religious) works with Ikhlaas. There are also those who attend different programmes with the desire to be practising and good Muslims. However, this is a very small percentage.
A negligible number are found so sincere, that they think or say to themselves: All I want is to fill my heart with the noor of Taqwa, and do all that Allah Ta’ala has commanded me to do and abstain from all that Allah Ta’ala and His Rasul, Muhammad (Sallallaahu ‘alayhi wasallam), have declared as Haraam, and do so for the pleasure of Allah and Allah alone.
Due to our deficiency in Ikhlaas, we are not seeing the fruits of our efforts in the massive gatherings, hours and hours of lectures, conferences, seminars, the multitude of Islamic publications and everything else that we organise and participate in....