Niyaah (Intentions)

Have you ever come across a point in your life when you started doing things solely for the sake of Allah but at some point may be due to over enthusiasm or other reasons, you suddenly forget the whole purpose and start doing things for worldy reasons? Audhubillah!

Scary isnt it? You know its wrong, but Satan doesnt leave any oppurtunity to lead you astray, to make you do things for bad/sad reasons; For example, you do something just so you can be praised by the world, to be “known”,Astaghfirullah! May Allah protect us from doing anything other than for his sake, and may Allah help us keep our intentions right and for his sake alone!

Niyaah(Intentions) is a very very important part of the actions that we do. One must always remember that no matter what the world says or does, what counts is whats in our heart, because other than us only Allah knows why we are truely doing what we are doing.

It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say:

“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. ….” (Al-Bukhari & Muslim)

(Please do click here, for the complete hadith and a better understanding.)

It really scares me when I find my intentions changing and I realise I’m starting to do things for wrong reasons, when I begin to get sucked into the glitters of this temporary world. What if Shaytaan(Satan) is successful, and I fall to his evil whisperings, Audhubillah!! 😦 I guess the best things to be done at such times is take a step back ; seek forgiveness and refuge in Allah(SWT), who is always willing to help as long as we are asking for the right thing, revive our faith, do things that draw us more closer to Allah, like offer more prayers and with more concentration and of’course read the quran! Pray to Allah to help us in keeping our intentions right and constantly remind ourselves that we want to do this ONLY for His sake! 

Al-Imam Ahmad said: Before you do anything, check your intention (niyyah) – ask yourself before performing an action: “Is it for the sake of Allah?”

But there might also be times when even though we are doing something right, purely with good intentions and to please Allah alone, people around us tend to think bad of us and may say that we are doing such-and-such a thing because we just want to show- off or like to be praised. In these moments, it is necessary for us to keep our cool, since we and our lord,The most Merciful, knows what’s in our heart, there’s no need for us to be afraid of the world, or try to explain ourselves to the world. Afterall, at the end, isnt it Allah who is going to reward us? Then why do we care what the world thinks of our good action? Is it really important that everyone sees it the way we do? No, We all have our own perspective of looking at things and we all are imperfect in our owns way. So at that times when we think we are being judged for the wrong reasons let us seek refuge in Allah.. Smile.. Forgive (for the sake of Allah) and keep going! 🙂

Assalamualaikum wa rahmatullah! 🙂

P.S. With Allah’s will, Coincidently, today my “Islamic Quote for the day” widget displays –

Whoever desires to purify his heart, then let him prefer Allah to his desires.

-(Ibn al-Qayyim)



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