As-Salamu Alaykum (peace be upon you),
O You Who Believe Enter Into Islam Wholeheartedly
by Sheikh ‘Ali Abdur-Rahman Al-Hudhayfi
THE CONDITION FOR ACCEPTANCE OF ACTIONS
Worship has two conditions. The first condition is sincerity to Allah. Allah mentioned that:
“And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him)…” [Noble Quran 98:5]
And Allah said:
“…So, worship Allah (Alone) by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allah’s sake only.” [Noble Quran 39:2]
The second condition is following the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings be upon him). Allah mentions:
“…And whatsoever the Messenger (Muhammad [peace and blessings be upon him]) gives you, take it; and whatsoever he forbids you, abstain (from it). And fear Allah; verily, Allah is Severe in punishment.” [Noble Quran 59:7]
From the Hadith of ‘A’ishah the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever does a deed which is not in accordance with this affair of ours, it shall be rejected.” 
In another expression, “Whoever introduces in this Deen of ours, that which is not of it will have it rejected.” 
AVOID FOLLOWING ONES FORBIDDEN DESIRES
From the most severe dangers to the Muslims male and female concerning their Deen is following forbidden desires and earning Haram wealth. Allah says:
“Then, there has succeeded them posterity who have given up As-Salah (the prayers) [i.e. made their Salah (prayers) to be lost, either by not offering them or by not offering them perfectly or by not offering them in their proper fixed times] and have followed lusts. So, they will be thrown in Hell.” [Noble Quran 19:59]
The desires of the stomach: eating and consuming that which is Haram, drinking alcoholic beverages, using (addictive) drugs in all its forms, smoking cigarettes likewise, this is not insignificant nor is it simple.
Also, desires of the private areas like committing adultery and fornication, and doing the acts of the people of Lut like homosexuality and lesbianism are all extremely dangerous to the Muslim, his Deen, his worldly affairs, his future, the community and its people. Allah mentions:
“And those who guard their chastity (i.e. private parts, from illegal sexual acts). Except from their wives or (the slaves) that their right hands possess, – for then, they are free from blame” [Noble Quran 23:5-6; 70:29-30]
All that Allah has made Haram, He has also made whatever leads to those things Haram. He has forbidden Zina i.e. adultery and fornication and He has made Haram those things which will lead to adultery and fornication. From the things which lead to this, is the woman going out displaying her adornments – showing her hair, her face, her calves, going out with tight-fitting clothing; showing her adornments so that people may look at her and pay attention to her; and going out of her home perfumed. Also among these things is being in seclusion with a strange lady (non-Mahram). This is also forbidden because as a result of being in seclusion, it may lead to that which is evil and sinful such as adultery and fornication. Additionally, Allah has forbidden looking at women who are not lawful to you and men who have feminine features. All of these things, Islam has forbidden because Islam is a Deen of purity, cleanliness, uprightness, modesty and goodness. If we understand that Allah has made those filthy things Haram, we need to know that He has made lawful what is better than those things. They have more reward and benefit and it has an effect on our Deen, our health, our bodies, and it gives us that which is better for us than all those sinful things that Allah has forbidden and made Haram.
AVOID HARAM EARNINGS
Of the things that Allah has made prohibited is Haram earnings. It has an effect on the heart and corrupts worship like Riba. Allah has made it Haram in all the Books which were revealed; and stealing, cheating in business affairs, selling that which is Haram like selling alcoholic beverages, renting out places that are for corruption and sinful things. These are also some of the things that corrupts the heart and cause the supplication to be rejected and corrupts the Ibadah. Allah mentions:
“…so seek your provision from Allah (Alone), and worship Him (Alone), and be grateful to Him…” [Noble Quran 29:17]
In the Hadith of Abu Hurairah that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Verily Allah is pure and He only accepts that which is pure.” 
Allah has commanded the Believers the same thing which He has commanded the Messengers when He said:
“O (you) Messengers! Eat of the Tayyibat [all kinds of Halal foods which Allah has made lawful (meat of slaughtered eatable animals, milk products, fats, vegetables, fruits, etc.)] and do righteous deeds…” [Noble Quran 23:51]
And He said:
“O you who believe (in the Oneness of Allah – Islamic Monotheism)! Eat of the lawful things that We have provided you with…” [Noble Quran 2:172]
(continuing the Hadith from above …) “and then the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) mentioned a man who was on a journey. He is dusty, his hair is unkempt and he raises his hands to the sky saying ‘My Lord, My Lord’, his food is Haram, his dress is Haram he is nourished with Haram. So how can he be answered?” 
How can he be answered when he is nourished with something that is Haram?
With these words I advise myself and my fellow Muslims, and I follow it up by advising them to exert themselves. That is, in those countries in which the Muslims are few, they should establish the Salah, give the Zakah and display the rites of their Deen by acting in accordance with the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) and fearing Allah as much as they are able to. They should invite the people wherever they are, by calling them with wisdom and goodly exhortation and proclaim the excellence of Islam. They should gain an understanding of the Deen; and concerning the affairs they do not know, they should ask those in their own localities who might have more knowledge than them regarding the Deen. Should a problem arise they should consult the scholars of Islam in countries other than theirs.
I send my salutations and peace on the Prophet and on his family and all his Companions.
Translator: Abu Mujahid
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