Intentions mean everything when we are going to participate in doing an action. For a Muslim, it is a prerequisite in order for an action to be accounted for. Especially when we are doing an honorable thing and we want to make sure that Allah rewards us for it.
I have written an article discussing this topic; it is long so I am going to divide them into sections. It will be hopefully easier to digest.
While you read it think about your daily actions. Do you remember making intentions before you do any actions?
Image courtesy of Corbin Fraser
Originally published in InFocus News May 2010
Beneath the Leaves
In this dunya we are trees. From a seed we sprout and roots erupt forth and we flourish into an image of branches and leaves. Our leaves encompass us into a tree. We can choose to be rooted in rich soil or we can choose to have diseased roots contaminating the leaves from above.
Intentions, or niyyah are the roots of all our actions. They can strengthen or weaken our relationship with Allah (swt). It is not an act of saying but doing and niyyah lies in our hearts that only Allah (swt) sees. Our deeds are leaves enveloping and defining the kind of Muslims that we are.
Every single action that we partake in is only to seek Allah’s pleasure. The reward for these actions must be entailed with ikhlas, or sincerity. That is why intention is a large criterion when it comes to having our books being recorded for good or bad deeds.
“Say (O Muhammed (saw)): ‘Verily, I am commanded to worship Allah (Alone) by obeying Him and doing religious deeds sincerely for His sake only’” (39:11).
Worshipping Allah (swt) is obeying Him and whatever He has ordained us to do. It literally means that everything we set out to accomplish is for the sole purpose to please our lord and love that we are born for this purpose.
The breath that we take is so we can live and prostrate to His words. When we eat, it is to have the strength to pray and fulfill the orders of Allah (swt).