Advice No. 68:

Understand the method of attaining Ikhlaas. In order to attain sincerity, you should ask yourself: “Why am I fulfilling this action?” before you commence any action. If an undesirable intention is found in your heart, you should remove it. The intention should sincerely and only be made for Allah Ta'ala. A simple remedy which is very beneficial for a Saalik is to read the stories of the Mukhliseen (saintly ones). This will have a great effect on the heart. Hazrat Thanwi (Rahmatullah ‘Alayhi) once mentioned a story of Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) of which a poet says: "He spat on the face of Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu), whom the Ambiyaa and the Auliya have honoured."

Because of the fact that the Ambiyaa had honoured Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu), one should not doubt and think that he was greater than them. At times the elders have honoured those who were lower than them – just as a teacher shows honour to his worthy students. This statement refers to the incident during Jihad, when Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) had wrestled a Jew to the ground. He sat on his chest and intended to kill him with his dagger. The Jew then spat in his blessed face. Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) immediately released him. Astonished, the Jew asked him: “Why did you leave me after you had more right to kill me?” Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) replied: "At first I was going to kill you solely for the Pleasure of Allah Ta'ala, but now my Nafs has entered my intentions. Therefore, I released you." The Jew immediately accepted Islam. We should always remember the lesson on Ikhlaas (sincerity) from this story.

A Saalik should love those who have Ikhlaas. He should read and study their sayings and actions so that his eyes may be opened. A person who is a Buzurg – that is one who obediently follows the Shari’ah – shows affection to seekers and refrains from prohibitions. By remaining in his company one’s love for this material world will decrease. All his actions will be based on Ikhlaas. If the company of such a person becomes possible, one should value it and attain maximum benefit from it. You willnotice after a while that you will have the ability to differentiate between truth and falsehood.

[Ad-Deen-ul-Khaalis, pg. 75]

Advice No. 68:

Understand the method of attaining Ikhlaas. In order to attain sincerity, you should ask yourself: “Why am I fulfilling this action?” before you commence any action. If an undesirable intention is found in your heart, you should remove it. The intention should sincerely and only be made for Allah Ta'ala. A simple remedy which is very beneficial for a Saalik is to read the stories of the Mukhliseen (saintly ones). This will have a great effect on the heart. Hazrat Thanwi (Rahmatullah ‘Alayhi) once mentioned a story of Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) of which a poet says: "He spat on the face of Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu), whom the Ambiyaa and the Auliya have honoured."

Because of the fact that the Ambiyaa had honoured Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu), one should not doubt and think that he was greater than them. At times the elders have honoured those who were lower than them – just as a teacher shows honour to his worthy students. This statement refers to the incident during Jihad, when Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) had wrestled a Jew to the ground. He sat on his chest and intended to kill him with his dagger. The Jew then spat in his blessed face. Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) immediately released him. Astonished, the Jew asked him: “Why did you leave me after you had more right to kill me?” Hazrat Ali (Radiyallahu Anhu) replied: "At first I was going to kill you solely for the Pleasure of Allah Ta'ala, but now my Nafs has entered my intentions. Therefore, I released you." The Jew immediately accepted Islam. We should always remember the lesson on Ikhlaas (sincerity) from this story.

A Saalik should love those who have Ikhlaas. He should read and study their sayings and actions so that his eyes may be opened. A person who is a Buzurg – that is one who obediently follows the Shari’ah – shows affection to seekers and refrains from prohibitions. By remaining in his company one’s love for this material world will decrease. All his actions will be based on Ikhlaas. If the company of such a person becomes possible, one should value it and attain maximum benefit from it. You willnotice after a while that you will have the ability to differentiate between truth and falsehood.

[Ad-Deen-ul-Khaalis, pg. 75]

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