What does doing for the sake of Allah (SWT) mean?
It means that you plan to work hard on your event, have countless meetings, discuss and attend to details, distribute flyers, lose sleep, etc. Then, on the day of the event, no one shows up. You say, “Alhamdullilah.” Certain that Allah has already given you credit. Your job was to exert the effort, and the results were Allah’s (SWT).
It means that when you are praised profusely after the performance of a good deed, a sense of discomfort overwhelms you. You definitely could’ve done better. It was not you at all. You merely said the words, but Allah (SWT) planted them in the hearts. You realize that you don’t need anyone to tell you how good you are. It really doesn’t help you but hurts you.
It means that you take it upon yourself to “remind them, for the reminder benefits the believer” certain that the first person to benefit from the reminder is yourself. And should you discover that your words have no effect on others, you quickly turn your critical eye onto yourself. The fault is all yours. If you had done a better job Allah (SWT) would have granted you success.
It means that when you see a non-hijabi you are reminded of how you were before Allah (SWT) bestowed his favor on you. How you were at the very edge of the fire and Allah (SWT) pulled you out. It was not out of your own intelligence. Yet, you are genuinely concerned and realize that you should address your concern for her to her and not to anyone else. Doing otherwise would show a lack of sincerity, a show that you are rooting for your own team.
It means that when someone offers you harsh advice, you realize it is a message from Allah (SWT). There has to be a percentage of truth in it. You are urged to take it seriously to save yourself. You learn to swallow your pride and take the good from ill-offered-advice.
It means that if someone speaks condescendingly to you, you recognize it as a favor from Allah. It is a gift that teaches you humility.
Our Intentions get rusty. Let’s go back and re fix them.