Sincerity in actions

Q: I have a problem with sincerity. No matter how much I try to purify an intention for an action whilst I am doing it, I think: if only so and so could see me now. They would think so highly of me which deprives me of the reward. What can I do to ensure ikhlaas and stop desiring the praise and attention of people because love for fame is a disastrous thing?

A: Before carrying out any action make the intention that you are doing the action solely for the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala. Thereafter, ignore the thoughts that come in your mind.

And Allah Ta'ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)