Ramadan Series - Day 9
It is narrated on the authority of Amir al-Mu'minin (Leader of the Believers), Abu Hafs 'Umar bin al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him), who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him), say:
"Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended. Whoever migrates with an intention for Allah and His messenger, the migration will be for the sake of Allah and his Messenger. And whoever migrates for worldly gain or to marry a woman, then his migration will be for the sake of whatever he migrated for."
Related by Bukhari & Muslim
Before you delve into doing an action, you usually have a vague thought about why or how you’ll do the action. If this action is a daily obligation, you’ll most likely just do, without putting too much thought into it beforehand. The longer that it becomes apart of your routine, the less you think about it. It becomes something mundane, another task to cross off your to-do list. The problem with that is in regards to spiritual obligations, it takes the most important tasks of our day and belittles them into crumbs. The prayers and du’a you make for forgiveness become just another thing you feel relief once you’ve done. Intentions are the anchors of the ship you are on that is destined to your final abode. Just as the anchors of the ship must be checked often — renew your intentions. Remind yourself that Allah’s reward for you doesn’t depend on how much your hands carry, but how heavy your intentions are. It is said that, “good intentions are the most beautiful of secrets,” because what one’s hands and tongues might be in disagreement with their heart. Cleanse your heart, renew your faith often, and keep that “beautiful secret” just that, a beautiful tie between you and Allah