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Our Intention (Niyyah) For Allah Will Be Judged As Our Ibadah

We have made our proclamation of shahadah. Our Shahadah Is Not Just A Proclamation But Our Main Ibadah Towards Allah As Muslims which testifies that all our actions and “intention” that we will do or have done is solely for Allah.

Our proclamation is from our words, spoken or unspoken but for it to become an ibadah, the proclamation must come from our intention which is determined by our heart. However when we make a proclamation without the intention for Allah, the intention may be meaningless. (Sometimes we say something from our words but our heart or ‘qalb’ intends the opposite.) Nauzubillahi min zalik.

It is fitting that this month is the first month (Muharram) and new resolutions have been made which goes with our intentions. When we have made our new resolution, we need to have our intentions in line with the new promises that we have made for Allah.

When we have made our intention and act upon it for the sake of Allah, our actions will be judged as our Ibadah for Allah.

Let us understand what is intention and why is it an ibadah?

In Islamic studies, in the compilation of the science of Hadith Book and the arrangements of the Hadith, the first hadith was chosen about “Intention” which our beloved nabi Muhammad (saw) prescribed for his ummah.

Our intention is of utmost importance in all our actions for it to be validated as Ibadah.

Short Hadits about Niyyah (intention)

إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ

Actions are (judged) by intentions (niyyah)

Full Hadits about Niyyah

إِنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ، وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى، فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى دُنْيَا يُصِيبُهَا، أَوْ إِلَى امْرَأَةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا، فَهِجْرَتُهُ إِلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إِلَيْهِ

It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab (ra) who said:

I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said that : “Actions are (judged) by intentions (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.” [Bukhari & Muslim]

Intention (niyyah) in Islam refers to the spirit of doing deeds through which they may become religiously valid. Sincere intention turns permissible deeds into acts of worship.

What is intention and how is it judged by our actions?

Our actions or intentions begins with a thought process inside our brain – what do we want to do?, how to do it?, when to do it?, why do we want to do it?, and many more thought processes before becoming a pure intention for Allah!

Our Actions Begins From A Thought Process

Thus when it becomes a thought process, we often speak of our intention through our proclamation from our words, heard or unheard……

Words of Proclamation For The Sake Of Allah

Our proclamation then goes into our heart and embedded into our ‘qalb’….

The Sincerity Of Our Intention Is From Our Heart ‘Qalb’

Finally our heart – ‘qalb’ will determine if the intention is for Allah or otherwise and from our heart or ‘qalb’ it will be judged by Allah as our act for Him or the opposite (nauzubillahiminzaliq).

Our Actions For The Sake Of Allah Are Judged By Our Intention

If our qalb intends it to be good whatever it may be, in sha Allah it will be rewarded accordingly.

Similarly if our ‘qalb’ intends to do a bad deed and only act upon it, only then will Allah decide in the punishment but if we realized our mistake or sin and make our thaubah quickly, biiznillah, Allah will erase our sin in forgiveness.…. Ameeen ameeen ameeen ya Allah.

Our intention which is accompanied by our act for the intentions will be the ultimate reward or punishment for our deeds – good or bad!

For example, we plan to perform our solah. It is planned in our mind or brain – what time should we perform it, immediately or later? Where do we need to perform it – at home or in our place of work wherever it may be? Why we are performing it – for Allah or because we just have to do it? How do we intend to perform it – standing? (sitting or lying down if we are hospitalized, nauzubiLlahi min zalik)

All these thought questions will be formulated in our brain….. Once we have established all the what, where, why and how then we make our shahadah or proclamation. This proclamation will be embedded into our hearts and likewise, Allah knows what is in our hearts – Allah, The Owner Of Our Hearts. Subhana Allah!

If we are doing something for Allah, Allah gives light into our heart but if we have done a sinful act, our heart will turn dark until we do thaubah. Will Our Journey To Allah Be In Light Or In Total Darkness? Thus to clear the darkness from our heart or ‘qalb’, we need to do another good deed for Allah and another until all of it is erased. Allahu Akbar.

If our intention is to do evil, then the reward or punishment will be according to Allah’s decree too nauzubillahi min zalik. May Allah protect all of us from doing any sinful acts.

May Allah grant all of us thoufeeq to do every act with the sole intention that we are doing everything just for the sake of Allah. This will prove that our intention will become our ibadah and only for Allah.

Ya Allah grant all of us thoufeeq to win with “sincere intention” just for You. Ameen ameen ameeen ya Allah!

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