Virtues of Having Intention (Part 3) – 9th Oct. 2011
Last week, we mentioned a few virtues of having Intentions. This week, we will mention a couple more virtues.
Another virtue of having an intention is:
Man may attain (rewards) with his intention that he may not attain with his deed.
Narrated Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu): We accompanied Allah’s Messenger (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in an expedition when he (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“There are some people in Madinah who are with you (in spirit) wherever you march and whichever valley you cross. They have not joined you in person because of their illness.”
Another Version says,
“They share reward with you.” [Muslim]
This Hadith indicates that if the intention and spirit of doing good generally (and Jihad especially) are present in the heart of the Muslim but physically he is unable to take part in it (for reasons that are acceptable to Shari’ah) he will get the reward of Jihad without even his actual participation in it.
Sheikh Bin ‘Uthaimeen (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) said commenting on the above Hadith: “If one intends to do a good deed, but he is prevented because of a real obstacle (sickness, etc), then he will get the reward for his intention.
However, if he is a person who used to do a certain good deed regularly, then he is prevented (incapable of doing it for a reason), he will get the reward of the whole deed as if he has done it. Because the Prophet (Salla Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“When a slave (a believer) falls ill or travels, then he will get his rewards written unto his accounts similar to that he used to get for his good deeds practiced at home when he was in good health.” [Al Bukahri]
All glory be to Allah, the Most Generous, the Watchful over the secrets of selves, who elevate the truthful ones who intend to do good but they are prevented for a reason to the rank of the doer. He is Ash Shakoor (The One appreciates the littlest thing).
Therefore, whoever asks Allah for martyrdom truthfully, Allah will grant him the rank of the martyrs even if he dies on his bed. So whatever intention you carry in your heart, it will be the means of multiplication of your reward.
The Messenger of Allah (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“If the Muslim falls ill, it will be said to the recording Angel who writes the deeds, write for him (same reward) for his deed which he used to do when he was free (of sickness, etc) till I take his soul or I send him free.” [Sahih al-Jamie’ no 343]
Another Virtue of having intention is that the Niyyah (Intention) makes the deed good.
Ibn Majah reported a Hadith on the authority of Mu’awiyah (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) that Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa Sallam) said:
“Verily, deeds are like a vessel, if its bottom is good then its top will be good, and if its bottom is spoiled then its top will be spoiled accordingly.” [Sahih al-Jamie’ no 2320]
The bottom of the deed is the intention , if the intention is reformed then the deed will also be reformed.
Bear in mind that if you are truthful in seeking Allah’s pleasure and His Countenance, then you will find yourself very cautious of the Bid’ah (Innovations in the Religion).
‘Abdullah Bin Masûd (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) said: “No Utterance will benefit without a deed (There should be an action), and no utterance and action will benefit except with a Niyyah (Intention), and no utterance, deed and Niyyah (Intention) will benefit except that are in accordance to the Sunnah.”
If your intention is truthful, then it should surely be according to the Sunnah. Bear in mind that your utterance, action and Niyyah (Intention) will not benefit you unless they agree with the Sunnah.
Good intention remains perpetual, it never stops.
You may be on your bed and intend to do righteous good deed. This intended deed will be written for you and you will be guided to it just with your intention.
The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:
“No migration after the conquest of Makkah but only Jihad [(Striving and fighting in the Cause of Allah) will continue] and good intention (seeking Allah’s pleasure only)” [Agreed upon]
Another Important virtue of Niyyah (Intention) is that the person who intends good will be rewarded for his intention, though he may miss what he aimed for totally (completely).
So if you intended to perform a good deed that Allah has prescribed for in the religion, but this deed was not fulfilled in the right place that you wished, you will be rewarded for your intention and your action is accepted by Allah (Azza wa Jal).