Prophet Muhammad ﷺ said, “Religion is sincerity [nasīhah]” and emphasised this three times on an occasion reported in a famous hadith. Why is this so important? Well, intentions are at the basis of everything we do.
Every action is the result of an intention. So we should check our intentions, as indeed our religion teaches us, and this is not only in Islam either… St Paul advised his followers to, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you —unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5, NIV)
How often do we check our intentions or examine ourselves? We can’t blame anyone but ourselves, and when we truly realise that, we realise this secret is indeed empowering.
May Allah ﷻ bless you all and grant us all to be among the sincere ones. Amin. 🤲🏻💖
~ Paul Salahuddin Armstrong