An ideal of sincerity

             Once, during Jihad, Hazrat Ali Radiallahu anhu, having overpowered an enemy was to strike his final blow with his sword. However, just before he could do so, this enemy spat in the face of Hazrat Ali Radiallahu anhu.

             Even though this created displeasure, Hazrat Ali
Radiallahu anhu immediately moved away, placing his sword into its sheath. Whilst he had had the upperhand and the opportunity to kill this disbeliever, he left him; not even considering that now his life was in danger.

              Such strange behaviour confused the enemy and prompted him to question Hazrat Ali
Radiallahu anhu : “What kind of behaviour is this ? After having insulted you, you should have killed me immediately.  I was under your sword, and helplessly at your mercy. Why did you let me go?”

              Hazrat Ali
Radiallahu anhu replied : “All the while, I had been fighting for the pleasure of Allah. When you spat in my face, my nafs was provoked. My anger was then not sincerely for the pleasure of Allah but due to personal injury. Had I killed you, this act would have been tainted with the anger of my nafs. Allah does not accept any deed done without sincerity. I would have then been questioned, on the Day of Judgement, about whether I had taken your life for my pleasure or Allah’s pleasure.”

               Hazrat Ali
Radiallahu anhu was prepared to become a Shaheed (martyr), but he was not prepared to accept victory whilst it was blemished with nifaaq (hypocrisy). His Ikhlaas had such an impact on the heart of this non-Muslim that he embraced Islam on the spot: "I bear witness that there is no god but Allah," he said, "and I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah"

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