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Hadith on Sincerity: Allah accepts no good deeds unless they are sincere

January 27, 2017

Abu Umamah reported: A man came to the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “If a man battles for the sake of reward and fame, what do you think he has?” The Prophet said, “He has nothing.” The man repeated his question three times and the Prophet said, “He has nothing.” Then the Prophet said, “Verily, Allah does not accept any good deeds unless they are done sincerely and in pursuit of his countenance.

Source: Sunan al-Nasā’ī 3140

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ أَبِي أُمَامَةَ الْبَاهِلِيِّ قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ أَرَأَيْتَ رَجُلًا غَزَا يَلْتَمِسُ الْأَجْرَ وَالذِّكْرَ مَالَهُ فَقَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَا شَيْءَ لَهُ فَأَعَادَهَا ثَلَاثَ مَرَّاتٍ يَقُولُ لَهُ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لَا شَيْءَ لَهُ ثُمَّ قَالَ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَقْبَلُ مِنْ الْعَمَلِ إِلَّا مَا كَانَ لَهُ خَالِصًا وَابْتُغِيَ بِهِ وَجْهُهُ

3140 سنن النسائي كتاب الجهاد من غزا يلتمس الأجر والذكر

3140 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث حسن صحيح في صحيح النسائي