What’s your intention?Posted: September 9, 2012
Allah (Ta’ala), being most-Kind and Generous, rewards us for our intentions as much as He rewards us for our actions. Subhanna Allah…Isn’t Allah more aware of our condition and what we can or cannot do? You earnestly want to do many things to better yourself as a Muslim and to better Islam but find yourself limited. Your time, resources, and money are all limited. Don’t worry, you’ll still get rewarded for your intention. Keep your intention working at all times as it will carry to tremendous heights. Perhaps you want to seek knowledge but you aren’t able to do so due to setbacks….no worries, Allah will still reward you. Keep at it! Allah is most Generous. You eagerly want to donate money in charity to help other Muslims but you just don’t have enough money to do it. No problem, make a sincere intention and you’ll get the same reward as those who are donating hundreds of thousands of dollars!
A poor person said: ‘Had I possessed wealth, I would have acted like so-and-so.’ The Prophet (salah allahu ‘alayhi wa salam) said: ‘If that is his intention, his reward is the same as that of the other.’ [Al-Tirmidhi]
Always remind yourself of your intention. A Muslim is keen to grasp every opportunity for reward both in intention and action.
Here is an amazing hadith which Jabir bin Abdullah Al-Ansari (radhiAllahu anhu) reported: we accompanied the Prophet (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam) in an expedition when he said, “There are some men in Al-Madinah who are with you wherever you march and whichever valley you cross. They have not joined you in person because of their illness.” In another version he said: “They share the reward with you.” [Muslim]
So ask yourself today, what’s your intention? You can wake-up everyday with absolutely no intention for yourself or your religion or you can wake-up every day with an intention to be a Muslim who wishes to spread kindness, enjoin good and forbid evil, make a halal living, and help your brothers or sisters.
Don’t lose out on the reward of making a sincere intention at all times.