Everything that we do has to have one vital component, intention. A simple sentence that will actually prevent a great number of unnecessary and meaningless actions. A simple sentence of an intention will actually bring you far to reach your desired goal. When a person locks that intention in his/her heart, the desire to perform something out of the context in getting to the intended goal will never be done.
Innamal a’maalu biniyyaat…
“Verily, actions are judged by intentions”.
This very popular and well-known hadith by Imam Nawawi, narrated by Bukhari & Muslim, serves as the basis for all actions that we do as a believer, submitter, and as Muslims in our daily lives. Why do we say so, because, it’s these words of intentions that turns whatever actions we do into either a form of ibadah (good deed) o into something meaningless . Because one needs to know that the reason we live here is all about returning back to Allah. And we really want to return back to Allah with a smile on our faces don’t we? So whatever that we do in this life has to be for the pleasure of Allah, to make Allah happy, to make your life, which Allah has rewarded you, worthwhile.
From a simple intention. That’s all we need.
And from a sincere and pure intention, you will find that your actions will always circulate, rotate, revolves around that intention. You won’t go astray form it. And did we say if intentions are placed for the sake of Allah, it becomes an act of worship? See how merciful Allah is…
So take this opportunity to plant a sincere intention for Allah into every action that you do, be it from a simple form of eating to reciting the Holy Qur’an. Every action, is of course decreed by Allah, what we have control over is only our intentions, we determine what the fate of our actions will become. Either it is for the good, or for something else.
However be mindful…we as humans, we tend to have this desire to become better than others, to amaze others and to impress others. We tend to boast. One question for all of us to ponder upon, “Do we really think Allah loves those who boast about their deeds?” As much as we love doing deeds for Allah’s sake, we tend to forget that sometimes our actions may turn into a form of boasting. Without realizing we are actually making an impression for others instead of impressing Allah. Now this happens when we realize that people around us start to praise us for our works. Its dangerous, really. This is what we call Riya’.
One has to know that Allah really dislikes those who boasts, and those who does good deeds other than the for sake of Allah. Allah s.w.t will never accept those deeds.
Al-Nasa`i reported that a man asked the Prophet (saw), “What is your opinion of one who fights [in the way of Allah] seeking fame [in the profane world] and reward [from Allah]?”
The Prophet (saw) replied, “He receives nothing by way of reward from Allah.”
The Prophet (saw) repeated this three times and then said, “Allah accepts no deeds other than those that are performed solely for His sake and by which His face is sought.”
So dear seekers of faith, constantly check ourselves, our actions and deeds, are they for Allah? or are they to impress a particular person or a group. May all our deeds that we do while we are still living is for Allah and Allah alone. The one who you need to impress is Him. No one else is worthy to be impressed. And never, never, never stop to re-new our intentions every time we feel that we are starting to go astray.