Category Archives: Virtues of Having Intentions

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. Read the rest of this entry

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Virtues of Having Intention (Part 4) – 16th Oct. 2011

The matter of intention is business with Allah (Azza wa Jal). Your rewards for performing good deeds depends on the multiple intentions you have for a certain deed.

This week, we end our series – Virtues of Having Intentions by mentioning one last important virtue that most of us are unaware of , which is:

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.” Read the rest of this entry

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. Read the rest of this entry

Virtues of Having Intention (Part 2)

The Salaaf used to perform good deeds secretly. They hid their good deed to the extent that even their own families didn’t know.

The Prophet (Salla-Allaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) said that the first three people to be thrown into the hellfire will be; the scholar (who taught for fame), the martyr (who fought for fame), and the person who gave his money in charity (so people would say he is generous). All three of these people desired the pleasure of the people over the pleasure of Allah.

Jabir (Radia Allaahu ‘anhu) mentioned that every slave on the Day of Judgment will be resurrected according to what he died upon, if he died upon a good intention he will be resurrected upon that.  And if he died upon a bad intention, he will be resurrected upon that. Read the rest of this entry

Virtues of Having Intention (Part 1) – 25th Sept. 2011

Our Noble Prophet Muhammad (Salla-Allaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“ The reward of every deed depends on intention.” Bukhari

Scholars said this hadeeth is considered half of the religion others said it is considered one-fourth of the religion.

Allah (Azza-wa Jal) only wants the intention/sincerity of the deed because if the intention is good accordingly deed will be good and accepted by Allah otherwise it will be rejected.

Yahya ibn Katheer (Rahimahullaah) used to say learn the intention before learning about the deed.

Ikhlas (sincerity) should be purified by turning away from show off, seeking people’s praise. It should be done only for Allah’s sake. Purifying the intention is difficult but easy for him whom Allah wills. Read the rest of this entry