The Intentions During the Month of Ramadan
Reported al-Bukhari that Umar bin al-Khaatab (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) narrated: “I heard Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) saying:
إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ، وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى
“The reward of deeds depend on the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.” [Al-Bukhari: 1/1/1]
As the Month of Ramadan is now at our doors (May Allah make us benefit from this blessed month) let us maximize our reward and remind ourselves of the multiple rewards we can achieve in this blessed month just by making righteous intentions!
“The matter of intention is business with Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala). Your rewards for performing good deeds depends on the multiple intentions you have for a certain deed.
One may hope for many rewards when intending to do just one action
Abu Talib al-Makki says: “The slave may attain the reward for his deeds according to how much Allah grants him of Niyyahs (intentions). He (the slave) may hope for many rewards from performing one deed and that is according to the knowledge of the slave and how much Niyyahs (intentions) he remembers. The slave gets for every intention ten good deeds.” [Taken from: Virtues of having Intentions:Part 4]
The Intentions of Fasting:
1. To carry out the orders of Allah and to attain piety as Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) said:
“O you who believe! Fasting is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become al-Muttaqun (pious)” (Al-Baqarah 2:183)
2. To get protection from Hell-Fire. Allah’s Messengers (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “When a person fasts for a day, for the sake of Allah, Allah drives away the Hell-Fire from him to a distance of seventy years of traveling.” [Al-Bukhari: 4/52/93 and Muslim 6/2570 to 6/2572]
3. To expiate one’s past sins. Allah’s Messenger said: “Whoever observes Saum (fasting) during the month of Ramadan, out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Al-Bukhari 1/2/37 and 3/32/231 ]
4. To enter Paradise .Abu Umamah (Radhia-Allaahu ‘anhu) said: I asked the Prophet,’O Allah’s Messenger, guide me to a deed with which I may enter Paradise. “He (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) replied,’ Observe fasting; there is nothing like it.’” [An-Nissai, Ibn Hibban, and al-Hakim]
5.To get the intercession on the Day of Judgment. “On the Day of Judgment, fasting and Qur’an will intercede for the person who observes fast and recites the Qur’an.” [Ahmed]
6.To get a granted invocation (supplication). Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:’ Three kinds of invocations are to be granted; the invocation of the person who observes fast, the invocation of an oppressed person, and the invocation of a traveler.” [Al-Silsilah as-Sahiha no. 1797]
7.To enter through the gate of Ar-Rayyan on the Day of Judgement. Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “There is a gate of Ar-Rayyan on The Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it.” [Al-Bukhari 3/31/120, Muslim 5/2239 and 5/2240].
8.To receive the reward in full without reckoning. Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:’ A man’s good acts are recompensed many times, from ten times to 700 times. Allah, the Exalted, says ‘But a fast is an exception because it is undertaken simply for My Sake) i.e.,there is no limit for it’s recompense) and I, Alone shall bestow the reward for it.’” [Muslim 6/2566 to 6/2568]
The Intentions When taking Sahur (the Pre-Dawn Meal):
1.To carry out the commandment of Prophet Muhammed (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) and follow his Sunnah, when he said: “Take the Sahur because there’s blessing in it.” [Al-Bukhari 3/31/146, and Muslim].
2.To follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) .
3.To gain the blessings, because Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:”Take Sahur as there is a blessing in it.” [Agreed upon].
4.To be different from the people of the scriptures who do not observe partaking of Suhur [As reported by Muslim].
5.To seek the salaah of Allah and His angels upon oneself. The Prophet Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah sends His salaah (graces, honors, blessings, mercy, etc.) and also His angels send their salaah (ask Allah to bless and forgive them) upon those who take sahur.’” [Ibn Hibban and at-Tabaraani]
6.To facilitate fasting and gain strength for worshiping.
7.To make Du’aa and ask forgiveness after taking Sahur at the end of the night.
[NEW!!] The Intentions for feeding others :
Another matter that requires sincerity and having intentions is feeding others. Many women in Ramadan cook food for their family , neighbors and closed ones, this act can be turned into a worship if you have the right intentions and do it with sincerity.
1 . Hoping the reward of feeding others from Allah alone, Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) says in Surat Al-‘Insān, verse 8-10:
“And they give food, inspite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskin (poor), the orphan, and the captive,”
“(Saying): “We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.”
“Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislikeness to it).“
2 . Getting the reward of a fasting person.
The Messenger of Allaah (salallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Whoever feeds a fasting person will have a reward like that of the fasting person, without any reduction in his reward.” [At-Tirmidhi, authenticated by Al-Albani (rahimahullaah).]
3 . To enter Jannah safe and sound.
Abdullaah ibn Salaam (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) reported that the Messenger of Allaah (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: O people! spread the greeting of salaam,feed others,maintain the ties of kinship,pray at night while the people sleep,and you shall enter Jannah, safe and sound. [Sahih Sunan ibn Maajah #2648, authenticated by Imaam Al-Albaanee (rahimahullaah)]
4. Dwellings in Jannah are prepared for those who feed others
Narrated by Ahmad, and Ibn Hibbân from Abû Mâlik al-Ash’ari and by at-Tirmidhi from ‘Ali (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi WA sallam) said: “In Paradise there are dwellings whose inside can be seen from the outside,and the outside can be seen from inside. Allâh (Subhana wa ta’ala) has prepared them for those who feed the hungry, and speak softly and gently, fast continuously and pray at night whilst the people are asleep.” [Sahîh al-Jâmi’ as-Saghîr, 2/220, no. 2119]
5. Doing one of the best acts of Islam
Abdullah bin `Amr bin Al-`as (May Allah be pleased with them) reported: A man asked the Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam): “Which act in Islam is the best?” He (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) replied, “To give food, and to greet everyone, whether you know or you do not.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim, mentioned in Riyad-us-Saliheen the book of Greetings]
6. Helping those in need
Narrated Abu Musa Al-Ash`ari: The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said, “Give food to the hungry, pay a visit to the sick and release (set free) the one in captivity (by paying his ransom).[ Sahih al-Bukhari 5373]
The Intentions at the Time of Breaking Fast:
1.To carry out the orders of Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala) by eating at sunset.
2.To gain strength for worshipping Allah (Subhana wa ta’ala).
3.To follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammed (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) in hasting the breaking of the fast. Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “The people will continue to be in a good state of affairs as long as they hasten the breaking the fast.’” [Bukhari 3/31/178 and Muslim 6/2417]
4.To get the pleasure (Joy) when one will meet his Lord on the day of resurrection. Allah’s messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “There are two pleasures of the person observing fast, one at the time of Iftar (breaking fast), and the other at the time when he will meet his Lord; Then he will be pleased because of his Saum (fasting).” [Al-Bukhari 3/31/128 and 9/93/584 ]
5.To get a granted invocation (prayer) at the time of breaking the fast. Allah’s messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Indeed the fasting person has at the time of breaking fast a prayer (supplication) which is not rejected.” [Ibn Majah and Al-Hakim]
The Intentions of Qiyaam (Establishing the Night with Prayers):
1.To expiate ones past sins. Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Whoever establishes (Nawafil, voluntary) prayers during the nights of Ramadan, faithfully, out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s Rewards, all his past sins will be forgiven.’” [Al Bukhari]
2.To search for Lailatul -Qadar (The Night of Qadar).Allah’s Messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Search for the night of Qadar in the odd nights of the last nights of Ramadan.” [Al-Bukhari 1/2/37]
3.To enter paradise with peace. Allah’s Messenger said: “O people! Spread Salaam (greetings), feed others, join your kin, and pray at night while people are sleeping, you will enter paradise with peace.” [Ibn Majah and at-Tirmidhi]
4.To be one of the Muhsinun (Goodoers) who, “They used to sleep but little by night and in the hours before dawn, they were (found) asking (Allah) for forgiveness.” (51:17-18)
5.To imitate and follow the way of the righteous predecessors. Allah’s messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Exert your utmost to offer night prayers, because it is the way of the righteous predecessors before you it is nearness to your Lord, it expiates sins and prevents one from committing evil deeds or sins.” [At-Tirmidhi and authenticated by al-Albaani]
6.To receive the great booty that comes from reciting the Qur’an in the night prayer is. Allah’s messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said:“Whoever establishes the night prayer and recite ten verses, will not be written down as one of the heedless and whoever prays at night reciting 100 verses will be written down as one of the sincere devotes, and whoever prays at night reciting 1000 verses will be written down as one of the al-Muqantarin [i.e. those for whom is written a Qintaar (a weight measure) of reward].” [Abu Dawoud and authenticated by al-Albaani]
The Intentions when Reciting the Qur’an:
1.To get the intercession. Allah’s messenger (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said: “Read the Qur’an as it shall come on the day of resurrection as an intercessor for its readers” [Muslim4/1757 ]
2.To get the healing for that which is in the breast (disease of ignorance, doubts, etc…)
3.To be raised in grade (ranks) Paradise.
4.To make it a protection (and a shield) from Hellfire.
5.To attain high ranks and to be with the angels.
6.To be one of Allah’s special people.
7.To get the Light with which one can be guided in the darkness (i.e. it is a light in the heart, in the face, in the grave and on the bridge (As-Siraat) on the day of Resurrection).
8.To get increased amount of reward and to attain Allah’s love.
9.To get the guidance and mercy of Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala).
May Allah (Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala) accept all our deeds and make all our deeds Sincerely for His sake Ameen.
Posted on July 19, 2012, in Ramadan, Virtues of Having Intentions and tagged Dua, Fasting, Iftar, Ikhlas, Intention, Month of Ramadan, Qiyyam, Quran, Ramadan, Sincerity, Suhoor. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.