Imam Khomeini stressed performing virtuous deeds for sake of God

Imam Khomeini stressed performing virtuous deeds for sake of God

In this regard, Imam Khomeini quotes famous Hadith which says whosoever remains faithful to God for forty days, springs of wisdom emanate from his heart.

Imam Khomeini through several of his works puts emphasis that believers and faithful people should adopt sincerity in their actions.

Imam explains the matter in his famous work “ an exposition on Forty Hadith as following:

For about forty years you imagine that you have been performing virtuous deeds in order to please God, whereas it occurs in a hadith that whosoever remains faithful to God for forty days, springs of wisdom emanate from his heart.

This is, therefore, a sign for us to comprehend that our deeds were not performed for the sake of God, though we ourselves are not conscious of it, and this is the main cause of our irremediable sickness.

Pitiable is the condition of the devotees, worshippers, leaders and followers of Friday congregations and men of high knowledge and learning! When they will open their eyes in the court of the Most High on the Day of Judgment, they will come to know that they are not only among the sinners, perpetrators of major sins, but even worse than infidels and idolaters, and their record of deeds even darker than theirs.

It is a matter of pity for a person that his prayers and other devotional acts should serve as fuel for the fires of hell. May God save us from the moment when, in spite of one’s alms-giving and zakat and piety, one’s appearance will be distorted to such hideousness that it is not even imaginable.

You, a helpless creature, are branded as a mushrik, an idolater, and a sinner despite your belief in the Unity of God. God willing, He will forgive the sinners by His mercy, but for the mushrik He has said that He will not forgive him if he dies without repentance.

It is stated in the ahadith that one used to Riya’-the one who makes a display of his religiosity, devotion, high religious status, his preaching and leading of prayers, his fasting, his namaz and even his pious deeds for the sake of gaining respect in the hearts of people is a polytheist.

His shirk (idolatry) is confirmed by the traditions of the Imams of the Holy Household and the Quranic text, and hence his sin is unpardonable.

It would have been better for you to be among the perpetrators of major sins, to be one notorious for his evil conduct and perpetration of obvious indignities, while being a monotheist, instead of becoming a polytheist.

Now, my friend, introspect seriously and find some remedy to cure your (spiritual) sickness, and realize the futility of acquiring honor in human hearts, a small piece of flesh which will not satisfy a bird’s appetite.

These weak creatures possess no power, and their estimation is insignificant. The real power is to be sought in Him; He is the Absolute Cause of all causes-the Ultimate Cause.

Even if all creatures make a joint effort to create a single mosquito, they will not be successful in doing so, and if the mosquito causes them a slight harm they will not be able to avert it if God does not will so.

All power belongs to the Almighty. He is the Mover of the universe. Whenever you do something and make an effort to perform something, inscribe on your heart with the pen of reason:

No one is effective in the realm of existence except God.

According to Imam,  by all possible means equip your heart with the principle of unity of Divine Action (tawhid al-af’ali)which is the first stage of the belief in the Unity of Being, and thus convert it into the heart of a true believer.

Illuminate your heart with the holy dictum of: —there is no god but Allah; and mould it accordingly.

Lead your heart to the stage of tranquility (itminan)and make it realize that human beings can cause neither harm nor good, and that God alone is capable of doing any harm or good to anybody. Cure your vision, which suffers from blindness so that you are not raised blind on the Day of Judgment and complain to the Almighty:

My Lord! wherefore have You raised me (here) blind? (20:125)

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