The manner in which God extols the value of work exposes the foolishness of two tendencies that are far removed from the truth. The first of these tendencies is to perform works without guidance or insight, deeds carried out in disregard of both Islamic and natural causes.
A sincere person worships God privately in the same manner he worships publicly. Sometimes, he even worships better when in seclusion so that he does his best to please Allah alone. Are one?
The best opportunity to have all sins forgiven is sincere repentance in Ramadan, even for the major sins. Sheikh Omar Suleiman has this beautiful reminder.
I noticed the lack of sincerity in my heart, and I noticed the pride I had developed at being part of this prestigious choir, and I decided to step down. I could not handle the feeling that I was more interested in people believing I was pious than actually being pious.