Among the Fruits Which Are Obtained Due to Ikhlaas are:
1. Aiding of the Ummah
Due to the saying of the Messenger (saw): "Verily Allaah helps this Ummah on account of its weak ones, due to their supplications, prayers and sincerity". (Saheeh ut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb, vol.1.)
2. Safety from the punishment in the Hereafter.
Allaah the Exalted said about the sincere among His servants:
"And they feed, out of love for Him, the indigent, the orphan and the captive saying: "We feed you only for the sake of Allaah, no reward do we desire from you nor thanks. We fear from our Lord a stern and intense day". So Allaah saved them from the evil of that day and gave them a light of beauty and joy. Their recompense shall be Paradise and silken garments, because they were patient". (Surah al-Insaan 76:8-12)
3. Raising of one's rank in the Hereafter.
The verses of the Qur'aan and the hadeeth in this regard are numerous, we shall mention a small portion of them. Amongst them is the verse which has just been mentioned, the saying of Allaah, the Exalted:
"So Allaah saved them from the evil of that day and gave them a light of beauty and joy. Their recompense for their patience shall be paradise and silken garments. Reclining therein on raised thrones, they will see there neither (excessive heat of) the sun nor bitter cold. And the shade there is close upon them, and bunches of fruit will hang low and within their reach. Amongst them will be passed vessels of silver and cup's of crystal. Crystal-clear, made of silver. They will determine the measure thereof according to their wishes. And they will be given to drink there a cup (of wine) mixed with Zanjabeel, a spring there called Salsabeel. And round about them will (serve) boys of everlasting youth. If you see them you would think they were scattered pearls." (Surah al Insaan 76:11-9)
And Allaah's Messenger (saw) said, "The first group of people to enter Paradise will have faces like the moon on a clear night. Those who come after them will be like the brightest stars in the sky. They will not pass water or excrement and nor will they spittle or emit mucus. Their combs will be made of gold and their perspiration will take the fore of musk. They will have braziers containing incense sticks (from trees). Their wives will be the Hoor il'een and the creation of one of them will be (the length of) sixty cubits like that of Aadam, their father". (al -Bukhaari and Muslim)
4. Safety from Misguidance in this world.
The story of Yusuf previously mentioned is an example.
5. Increase in Guidance
Allaah the Exalted said
"They were young men who believed (in their Lord). So We increased them in guidance". (18:13)
And ikhlaas is from faith.
6. Love of the angels of the heavens for the sincere and their hatred for one who shows off.
Allaah's Messenger (saw) said: "When Allaah the Exalted loves a servant, He calls to Jibreel: "Indeed, Allaah, the Exalted, loves so and so, therefore love him." So Jibreel loves him and then he calls the inhabitants of the Heaven: "Indeed Allaah loves so and so, therefore love him." The inhabitants of the Heaven love him and then acceptance is made for him in the earth. And when He hates a servant He calls Jibreel and says: "Indeed I hate so and so, therefore hate him". So Jibreel hates him. Then Jibreel calls the inhabitants of the Heaven: "Indeed Allaah hates so and so, therefore, hate him". The hatred of him is then placed on the earth". (Muslim.)
8. Good repute amongst the people.
The Messenger of Allaah (saw): "There is no servant except that he has a reputation (amongst the angels) in the sky. If his reputation in the sky is good, it is placed upon the earth and if his reputation in the sky is bad, it is placed upon the earth". (al-Bazzar from Abu Hurayrah, Saheeh ul-Jam'i no.5608).
9. Removal of the difficulties and affliction of this world.
The story of the three who were stuck in the cave.
10. Tranquility of the heart and the taste of happiness
"Verily, in the remembrance of Allaah do the hearts find satisfaction/rest/tranqulity". (13:28)
11. Beautification of faith in one's soul and dislike of rebellion and disobedience.
Allaah the Exalted said:
"And know that amongst you is Allaah's Messenger. If he were to obey you (follow your opinions) in much of the matter, you would surely be in trouble. But Allaah has endeared Faith to you and has beautified it in your hearts and has made disbelief, rebellion and disobedience (to Allaah and His Messenger) hateful to you. Those are the rightly guided". (Surah al-Hujuraat 49:7)
It has already preceded how Allaah made fornication, rebellion and disobedience hateful to Yusuf (as) and how He beautified faith to him. As a result, the prison was more dear to him than fulfilling his desire with what was unlawful.
12. A good end.
An example is the man who killed ninety-nine people and then wished to repent. Due to his sincerity towards Allaah in repenting, his soul was taken while he was directing his heart to Allaah, the Exalted.
13. Answering of the supplication.
The story of the young boy has already preceded in which many of his supplications were answered. Likewise, the story of the three who were in the cave.
On the other hand, the afflictions resulting from riya' include:
1. Destruction of this ummah.
2. Punishment in the Aakhirah -
"Then woe be to the performers of prayers. Who delay the prayer from its correct time. Those who do good deeds only to be seen of men. And refuse even the small act of kindness". (107:4-6)
3. Increase in misguidance in the world.
"In their hearts is a disease and Allaah has increased their disease" (2:10)
Jaabir bin Samrah (ra) said: "The people of Kufa complained about Sa'd ibn Abi Waqqaas (ra) to 'Umar ibn al-Khattaab (ra). They complained about him till they mentioned that he did not perform the prayer properly (in leading them). 'Umar (ra) sent a messenger to him saying, "O Abu Ishaaq! These people claim that you do not perform the prayer properly." He said, "As for me, by Allaah, I used to lead them in prayer with the prayer of the Messenger of Allaah (saw). I did not miss anything out of it. I would pray 'ishaa and prolong the first two rak'ah and shorten the last two." The messenger said, "That was what was suspected about you, O Abu Ishaaq!". A few other men were sent along with this messenger to Kufa to ask its inhabitants about Sa'd. They did not leave a mosque without asking about him and they spoke good about him. They entered a mosque belonging to Bani 'Abbaas and a man amongst them stood up, whose name was Usaamah bin Qataadah, and his kunya Abu Sa'dah and (he) said, "As for what you have requested from us, then S'ad is not competent in choosing an army, he does not distribute equally, and is not just in matters". Sa'd said, "By Allaah, I shall call upon Him with three (things): "O Allaah! If this servant of yours is a liar and stood out of show and to be heart of, prolong his age, prolong his poverty and make him face trials."" (al-Bukhaari).
After that, whenever he (Abu Sa'dah) was questioned he would say, "An old man put to trial. The supplication of Sa'd inflicted me." 'Abdul Malik bin 'Umar, who narrates from Jaabir bin Samrah said, "I saw him after that. His eyebrows had extended over his eyes due to old age and he used to turn to the slave-girls in the streets and wink at them".
4. Uneasiness of the heart and the taste of misery.
"And whoever turns away from My remembrance will have a narrow and constricted life and We shall raise him blind on the Day of Judgement". (20:124)
5. The threat of an evil end.
"Let those beware who withstand and his (the Messenger's) command lest they be inflicted with a trial or they be inflicted with a tormenting punishment". (24:63)
6. Exposition and humiliation of the one who shows off in front of all the creation.
Due to his (saw) saying, "There is no servant who sets out seeking to be heart of or showing off except that Allaah will make him heard of in front of all the creation on the Day of Judgement". (Saheeh ut-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb vol.1)