A Muslim’s Intent, Author: Issa Abbasi


ReflectionWhat is your intention of reading this post? Are you reading this site purely for the sake of Allah s.w.t and for the sake of knowledge to better yourself as Muslim? Or, are you reading forward to find out some more information about Islam so you sound smarter and can say that you are more knowledgeable than your friends?  I really hope you are reading my contributions to this blog on a frequent basis for the former and not the latter.  The purpose of this post though is to remind myself first and then the rest of us all about one of the most important aspects of our deen, our intentions.

All of our actions in Islam as recorded by Saheeh Bukhari and Saheeh Muslim are rewarded by their intentions.  This was one of the greatest and most important sayings by our beloved Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).  This was such an important topic that in order for any action to be accepted purely for the sake of Allah (s.w.t.), it must be done purely for His sake.

This topic is so important to Islam that I have included a snippet of the following hadith:

“There will be brought forward a man who acquired knowledge and imparted it (to others) and recited the Qur’an. He will be brought, Allah will make him recount His blessings and he will recount them (and admit having enjoyed them in his lifetime).  Then will Allah ask: ‘What did you do (to requite these blessings)?’  He will say: ‘I acquired knowledge and disseminated it and recited the Qur’an, seeking Your pleasure.’ Allah will say: ‘You have told a lie. You acquired knowledge so that you might be called “a scholar”, and you recited the Qur’an so that it might be said,  “He is a Qari” and such has been said.’ Then orders will be passed against him and he shall be dragged with his face downward and cast into the Fire.  Then will be brought a man whom Allah had made abundantly rich and had granted every kind of wealth. He will be brought, Allah will make him recount His blessings and he will recount them and (admit having enjoyed them in his lifetime).  Allah will (then) ask: ‘What have you done (to requite these blessings)?’  He will say: ‘I spent money in every cause in which  You wished that it should be spent.’     Allah will say: ‘You are lying.   You did (so)  that   it might be said about (you): “He is a generous fellow”, and so it was said.’ Then will Allah pass orders and he will be dragged with his face downward and thrown into Hell.  (Muslim 4688)”

Could this happen to me or you? We don’t have to be scholars for us to have incorrect intentions.  But rather than focus on how you can have bad intentions, I want to focus on what we can all do to purify our intentions for each and every action we undertake.

  • Conceal your good actions as much as you would conceal your bad actions.  Hiding Bear

This sounds really hard, but it works.  When you’re doing anything for the sake of Allah s.w.t. (say praying Tahajjud at night), do your best to keep it yourself such that no one, not your spouse, parents, siblings, or friends even know that you’re doing it.  By doing this, you will inshaAllah be kept away from Ria’ (showing off) and your intention has a better chance of being pure.

  • Remind yourself at the beginning, middle and end of every act why you’re doing this action.

By constantly doing this, inshaAllah you will remember Allah s.w.t. more and that you are performing a charitable act for Him and Him alone.

  • Know that fighting your intention is one of the toughest and most constant battles you will have throughout your entire life.

The shaytan will always try to get to you any way he can. If he can’t get through to you in other forms, he will find a way to rob you off your deeds by changing your intentions.

  • Remember that no one knows your intention except Allah (s.w.t.) and unless your intention is pure, it will not be accepted.

We don’t want to be one of those whose mountain of good deeds are erased on the day of Judgment, so let us constantly keep this in mind inshaAllah.

water purification

“And they were not commanded except that they should worship God, keeping the religion pure for Him, and worship none but Him Alone, and establish the Prayer and offer the Compulsory Charity, and that is the upright religion.” (Quran 98:5)

“Verily, Allah does not look to your faces and your wealth but He looks to your hearts and to your deeds” (Muslim).

To close, we all have a human need of wanting or belonging.  It is human nature for people to want to be praised.  Research even finds that informal praise is the best way to motivate an employee.  But everyone, even the highest scholar in Islam, will constantly battle with keeping their intention pure.  Let us all inshaAllah do our best to keep purifying our intentions, ameen.

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~ by Yousaf on November 6, 2009.

2 Responses to “A Muslim’s Intent, Author: Issa Abbasi”

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  2. This blog has helped me a great deal. I’m one of those people that constantly doubts her intentions especially when people praise me and say Mashaallah…walahi I hate it and I would prefer to be seen as someone who does nothing. I don’t think I should be the only one to change though…people in general should refrain from praising people excessively on their good deeds – ultimately whether or not we are worthy of praise is up to Allah.

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