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Intentions Are More Important Than Actions

by | Nov 13, 2012

You do many chores in your daily life. Many of them are a part of your daily life, like helping someone in the daily house chores, eating when you are hungry. Sleeping when you are tired and drinking water when you are thirsty. How important these actions are in your daily life, but what a brilliant idea it would be if you can make these daily chores a source of huge reward for you. But who can you do this??? Simply by your intentions.

Yahya Ibn Abu Kathir said:

Learn about intentions, for their importance is greater than the importance of actions”

Intention Is The Foundation Of Every Action

 The Messenger of Allaah (SAW) said:

“Verily actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended. So the one whose ‘hijrah’ (migration) was to Allaah and His Messenger, then his ‘hijrah’ was to Allaah and His Messenger. And the one whose ‘hijrah’ was for the world to gain from it, or a woman to marry her, then his ‘hijrah’ was for what he made ‘hijrah’ for.”

[Al-Bukhaari and Muslim]

Every action that is done without seeking Allah’s pleasure is invalid and devoid of reward. Thus you want to  have reward for daily life actions do them for the sake of Allah. Like help someone for you are helping him/her for the sake of Allah. Drink water in the way our Prophet (SAW) drunk i.e follow the Sunnah of Drinking water. Drink water in three sips while sitting. Likewise if the act sleeping is according to Sunaah then so  it can also be a source of huge reward for you. Asactions are by intentions”.

Intention Or Niyyah

Niyyah, which is the Arabic word for intention which means: Decided or intended purpose.
Your niyyah is between you and Allah. Your intentions before the actions should not have to be communicated openly. It is an intended purpose made in your heart and mind prior to engaging in an act, to acknowledge that it is for the sake of Allah.

Let Your Rewards Being Multiplied

1 .    Recite Quran

Recite Quran not just for the reward as promised by Allah but recite Quran to purify your heart so that your intentions are pure and good. Learn and understand Quran to strengthen and purify your relationship with Allah.

2.    Eat In The Sunnah Way

Don’t just eat because you’re hungry. Rather eat with the intention to energize yourself for other acts of worship. Recite the supplication before and after eating your meal for gratitude. Follow the Sunnah of eating etiquette to multiply the reward.

3.    Dress In Sunnah Way

Read the Dua supplication for changing your clothes. Dress yourself to be presentable as well as clean with the intension to please Allah

So actions are but your  intentions. If you are acting just to fulfill your needs so your needs are being full filled. But if your intention is to please Allah and get the Huge reward so your rewards are ready for you from Allah, The most Gracious and the Most merciful.

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