Hadith No. 24 – Sahih al-Bukhari
We’ve been acting upon Sunnahs since the past 3 weeks. Doing what the Prophet (SAW) ordered and following him. Checkpoint! What’s your intention?
Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:
Allah’s Apostle said: “I have been ordered (by Allah) to fight against the people until they testify that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is Allah’s Apostle, and offer the prayers perfectly and give the obligatory charity, so if they perform that, they save their lives and property from me except for Islamic laws and then their reckoning (accounts) will be done by Allah.”
Whatever sort of obedience we show to Allah and the Prophet (SAW), we will be held to account on the Day of Judgement. Actions will be judged based on intentions that day. Why did you pray? Why did you fast? Why did you acquire knowledge? Why did you spend your money for a good cause?
What was your intention?
It can be either of the two: for Allah or for people.
Anything done for the sake of Allah only, will definitely bring reward in the Hereafter. But whatever we do for people, stays in this world. The only reward we’ll get is appreciation. ‘Oh you’re so generous!’ ‘Wow, you study so hard!’ And it ends there! What a waste of time and effort!
So, we rectify our intention here, if needed. Whatever good I’m doing, it’s for Allah. Whatever good I do in the future, it’ll be for Allah and only Allah. InshaAllah!
May Allah accept from all of us. Ameen.