Hadith on Sincerity: Three traits to purify oneself of malice

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “May Allah illuminate one who hears my words, such that he understands it, memorizes it, and conveys it. Perhaps he will carry understanding to one who has more understanding than he does. There are three qualities by which malice cannot enter the heart of a Muslim: sincere deeds for Allah, good will to the leaders of the Muslims, and keeping to their community. Verily, the call to Islam is protected behind them.”

Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2658

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Ibn Hajar

عَنْ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ مَسْعُودٍ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ نَضَّرَ اللَّهُ امْرَأً سَمِعَ مَقَالَتِي فَوَعَاهَا وَحَفِظَهَا وَبَلَّغَهَا فَرُبَّ حَامِلِ فِقْهٍ إِلَى مَنْ هُوَ أَفْقَهُ مِنْهُ ثَلَاثٌ لَا يُغِلُّ عَلَيْهِنَّ قَلْبُ مُسْلِمٍ إِخْلَاصُ الْعَمَلِ لِلَّهِ وَمُنَاصَحَةُ أَئِمَّةِ الْمُسْلِمِينَ وَلُزُومُ جَمَاعَتِهِمْ فَإِنَّ الدَّعْوَةَ تُحِيطُ مِنْ وَرَائِهِمْ

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