Sunday, December 23, 2012


Umar Ibn Khattab (RA) has reported the famous hadith of the Prophet (SWAS): "Deeds are [a result] only of the intentions [of the actor], and an individual is [rewarded] only according to that which he intends. Therefore, whosoever has emigrated for the sake of Allah and His messenger, then his emigration was for Allah and His messenger. Whosoever emigrated for the sake of worldly gain, or a woman [whom he desires] to marry, then his emigration is for the sake of that which [moved him] to emigrate." Narrated by Bukhari and Muslim.

Two people might be doing the same actions throughout their lives, yet one will be rewarded and the other punished for them, due to their different intentions. Whatever you do in your life, make your intention sincerely for Allah (SWT). This will remove a lot of stress, misunderstandings, problems and false expectations from your lives. So if you do something good to your brother, do not do it to expect a favour back or tell about it in your social circle, or remind the person later -- do it for Allah (SWT).  

Put Allah (SWT) first in your lives. So when you have a stable income, before buying that car, travel to His house for Hajj. Before having children of your own, sponsor an orphan. Before building your house build a masjid for His worship, etc. Whatever you are busy with at each stage of your life dedicate it to Allah (SWT): whether it is studying, working professionally, marrying, having kids, serving parents, upholding ties of kin, friendship, spending wealth, etc. Do it in a way that is foremost pleasing to Him. While choosing the career for your children, select one that is of service to Islam. How many well to do parents intend to spend their savings on their children to become Islamic scholars? If you decide to move to a Western country do it primarily for Dawah. Prepare yourself and your family to be ready for that role before you go and do not make it a lip service -- just to show off.  

If you dedicate yourself to Allah (SWT), He will not forget you and will take care of your every need of this life in the best possible manner. And in the Hereafter you are promised a great reward, by His mercy.