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Signs of sincerity – Shaikh Salih al-Munajjid


The scholars mentioned some signs, which reflect that the person has sincerity, such as:


Not longing to become known:

Ibraaheem ibn Al-Ad-ham, [may Allaah have mercy upon him], said:

A slave who seeks to become famous and known is not a sincere slave of Allaah.” 

[Hilyat Al-Awliyaa’ (31/2)]



Not longing to be praised:

Some scholars said:

“A scholar should address the people while having a sincere intention. As soon as he starts liking what he is saying, then he should stop and remain silent, and if being silent becomes appealing to him, then he should start to talk. He should never stop holding himself to account because people naturally like to be recognized and praised.”



In addition to the above point, the following are more signs reflecting sincerity:

 Being energetic in working for the sake of Islaam.
 Rushing to work for the sake of Islaam for the sake of Allaah and not only when there is an expected return.
 Persevering and not complaining.

 Being keen on hiding one’s deeds.

 Perfecting the work even if it is done in secret.

 Being keen on performing deeds in secret.

 Making the work done in secret more than that done in public.


These are signs reflecting sincerity on the part of the slave, but  one should be careful not to feel sincere, because the moment one starts to feel that he is sincere, then he needs to purify his intention as this feeling (of being sincere) reflects that he lost sincerity. We ask Allaah to make us among His sincere slaves and to purify our hearts and deeds from showing off and hypocrisy.


[Sincerity, pg. 50-51]


Related Links:

⇔  A Sermon by Abu Bakr As-Siddiq [RadiAllahu anhu] on Sincerity and drawing Lessons

⇔  From the chapter of ‘Sincerity’: Tanbih Al-Ghafileen

⇔  “Ad-Deen is sincerity” (الدِّينُ النَّصِيحَةُ)

⇔  Hiding deeds

⇔  Hiding ones tears

⇔  “And was this showing off, O Sufyan?”

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