Religious Concepts

Gems of the Promised Messiah & Imam Mahdi (as) – Sincerity is the Prerequisite for Deeds

Portrait of the Promised Messiah (as) & Imam Mahdi (Guided One), Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as)

If there is sincerity, Allah the Exalted does not allow even an iota of goodness to be lost. He Himself says:        

[1] فَمَن يَعۡمَلۡ مِثۡقَالَ ذَرَّةٍ خَيۡرٗا يَرَهُ

Therefore, even a grain of goodness will be rewarded by Allah Almighty. Why then is it that even after performing virtue some are not rewarded? This is because their actions lack sincerity. Indeed, sincerity is the prerequisite for deeds. It is stated:

مُخۡلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَ [2]

Such sincerity is to be found in the elect of God [3]. Those who act in this manner become the chosen ones of God and no longer remain of this world. Their every action possesses sincerity and worth. However, the case of worldly people is that even when they give alms they do so only to seek praise and admiration. If they give charity for a meritorious cause, their only object is to be praised by the newspapers and the public. What relation does such ‘virtue’ have with God Almighty? Many people marry and give a feast to the whole village, but not for the sake of God, only as an expression of vanity and to seek acclaim. Had there not been such ostentation and had this action been performed out of sheer compassion for Allah’s creation, and purely for His sake, these people would have become saints. However, as such actions have no relation or connection with God Almighty, therefore, they fail to produce any good and blessed effect.


[1] ‘Then whoso does an atom’s weight of good will see it.’ – The Holy Qur’an, 99:8.

[2] ‘Being sincere to Him in obedience.’ – The Holy Qur’an, 98:6.

[3] Al-Hakam, Volume 10, No. 17, dated 17 May 1906, pp. 4-5.

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as), The Advent of the Promised Messiah (Tilford, Surrey: Islam International Publications Ltd., 2016), 35-36.