Once again, something about Ramadaan is related to Faith. :) And you’d be surprised to know what it is..
Narrated Abu Huraira:
Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.”
Fasting in Ramadaan. Who doesn’t do it? But does this Hadith mean that every person who observes his fasts during Ramadaan will get his sins forgiven? Clearly not. There’s a condition prescribed: whoever does it out of sincere faith and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards. It sounds easy. Doing is otherwise.
Fasting is something that only Allah can reward us for. No one else can measure our sincerity and Taqwa that we achieve from it. Because no one watches over us the whole day except for Allah. We might take a sip/bite when there’s no one around and still pretend to be fasting. Nobody will even doubt us. But Allah knows, right? That thing that keeps us from doing so is called Taqwa. Fearing Allah even when you’re alone. So fasting is for Allah, and only Allah will reward us for it.
About keeping our intentions straight, here’s a checkpoint:
Do you fast JUST because it is mandatory? Because if you don’t, Allah will punish you? And people will think such and such about you? OR do you fast because you love the one-month drill that gives your Imaan a rush that lasts the whole year? And you want to do something that’ll please Allah, hoping that He’ll forgive you your sins?
Well, we all need to check ourselves in this. And hopefully, when next Ramadaan comes (may Allah keep us alive till then), we’re ready to take maximum benefit from it, inshaAllah. =)
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.
Did you know, Imaam Bukhari did not include a foreword in his book Sahih al-Bukhari. Why? He did not give preference to his own words over the sayings of the Prophet (SAW). He only starts with Bismillah. :)
Narrated ‘Umar bin Al-Khattab:
I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.”
The Prophet (SAW) said this on the occasion of someone’s emigration from Makkah to Madinah not for the sake of the Islamic Cause but to marry a woman who had stipulated that he should emigrate if he wanted to marry her. Anyhow, this Hadith implies a general principle, i.e., one is rewarded for his deeds according to his real intentions and not according to his actual deeds which might be good in themselves but were motivated by an ill intention.
(Deeds: all kinds of worship + habits)
Simply put, INTENTIONS MATTER!
Let’s say I’m offering my Salah (namaz) in front of people. If I prolong it and offer it very slowly and calmly so that the people get impressed, I won’t be rewarded by Allah for that Salah. He might say to me: ‘Why don’t you go and claim your reward from the people whom you prayed for?’ But if I offer my Salah only for Allah’s sake, then He’ll reward me.
Now, to put this Hadith into practice, I make my intention for this very project.
By Allah, I only want Allah’s pleasure through this. I hope for salvation in the Hereafter. I need real success: entering Jannah (Paradise) directly, not via Jahannam (Hell). I wish to be among those who get the company of prophets, the truthful, martyrs and the righteous. I pray for the good of this world and the Hereafter.
It’s a very negligible effort, but Allah doesn’t measure quantity. Quality matters, right? My intentions..
This is my message for you: always check your intentions. Whatever you’re doing, whenever you’re doing it. Like Native Deen put it:
Waking up in the morning, gotta make my prayer
Am I really gonna’ make it, when there is no one there?
Taking trips to the masjid (mosque), even when it’s tough
Am I going for the sake of Allah? Am I showing off?
Gonna’ get me the knowledge, gonna study Islam
Am I going just to build my ego? so they call me “the Man”?
Does it matter if the people respect me, when it’s not for Allah?
When I know anytime He can take me, without one real du’a (prayer)
Does it matter if they say I’m a big shot?
when I get no reward for my deeds
And I’m dragged on the Day of Resurrection
Cause of the folks that I wanted to please
Plus I know that Allah has the power
To raise me up in their eyes if it need be
I should always make my intentions, for my Lord, Allah completely
Are my Intentions alright?
Am I doing for Allah?
When I’m looking deep, deep down inside
Do I have the right niyyah?