Monotheism, which is the arch-stone of Islam, attains fulfillment through sincerity. Faith in Divine Unity remains imperfect unless all our acts are performed wholly for the sake of God, and we have no other objective before us while carrying them out except and winning of Divine pleasure and reward. States the Prophet:
“He who loves or hates, offers favours or withholds them, and whatever he does, does so for the sake of God, he perfects his faith.”
It shows that a perfect Muslim in the sight of God is only he who succeeds in subordinating his entire conduct, his social relations and all his other affairs to the Will of God and is not influenced in them by his personal desire or likes or dislikes or by any other urges or impulsions. Another Tradition reads:“God is not regardful of your fine visages or your wealth. He is regardful only of your hearts and intentions.”
The idea of the above Tradition is that God will judge and requite on the basis of our motives and intentions. Now, here is a Tradition with which we propose to round off the present discussion. About this Tradition it is reported that Abu Huraira often used to faint while he related it. It says:
Brothers and sisters, Now, let us examine our thoughts and deeds in the light of the above Tradition and see where do we stand in the sight of God! O Allah! Endue our hearts with sincerity and set right our motives and intentions and make us Thy devoted, dedicated slaves.