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Formulating The Right Intentions| Getting Rewards When You Sleep

28 Oct

Salam alaikum warahmatullahi wa
barakatuh
Today I will be sharing something I
found to be very educative and it can
literally change my life around. So I
thought I’d share it
It deals with intention which is imortant
in our religion. I directly culled it from
islamqa.info/en and the link is provided
below.
Intention (niyyah) is an important
matter, as it is the spirit of deeds
through which deeds become valid, as
the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him) said: “Actions are
but by intentions and each person
will have but that which he
intended.” Narrated by al-Bukhari (1)
and Muslim (1907).
The intention turns permissible
deeds into acts of worship, hence we
should pay attention to it and make
it for the sake of Allah, free from any
element of showing off.
It should be noted that intentions are of
two types:
1 – Obligatory intention , without
which an act of worship is not valid, such
as the intention in doing wudu, praying,
paying zakah (obligatory alms), fasting
and doing Hajj (Pilgrimge). This
intention is something that no one can
do without. If a person does wudu to
pray, touch the Mus-haf (written copy
of Quran) or in order to be (ritually)
pure (tahir), he has formed the
intention. Intending to pray or
intending to remove impurity is forming
the intention when doing wudu.
When a man stands to pray, knowing
that this is Zuhr (afternoon) prayer, for
example, and he intends to offer the
prayer and gets up to do it it, then he
has formed the intention. It is not
essential – and in fact it is not
prescribed – to say out loud, “I intend
to pray Zuhr prayer” etc., as some
people do. This was not narrated from
the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allah be upon him), and the place for
the intention is in the heart.
Similarly, if a person decides at night
that he will fast on the following day,
then he has formed the intention of
fasting. In fact, his eating sahoor (pre-
dawn meal)shows that he is intending to
fast.
It is difficult for a person to forget to
form the intention in such cases.
2 – The second type of intention is
that which is mustahabb
(preferable) in order to attain
reward . This is what some people
forget, which is to keep the intention in
mind when doing permissible things, so
that they will be acts of worship, such as
eating, drinking and sleeping with the
intention of strengthening oneself to do
acts of worship, as [b]the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him) said: “You will never spend
anything that you spend for the sake of
Allah, but you will be rewarded for it,
even the morsel of food that you put in
your wife’s mouth.” [/b]Narrated by al-
Bukhari (56).
Mu’adh (may Allah be pleased with him)
said: I sleep and I get up (to pray at
night), and I seek reward for my sleep
as I seek reward for my getting up.
Narrated by al-Bukhari (4088).
He (may Allah be pleased with him)
sought reward for his sleep just as he
sought reward for his getting up to pray
at night, because he intended by
sleeping to gain strength to do acts of
worship.
Al-Hafiz Ibn Hajar said in al-Fath: What
this means is that he sought reward by
resting just as he sought reward by
striving, because if the intention in
resting is to enable one to do acts of
worship, one attains reward. End quote.
What helps to keep this intention in
mind is deliberating, thinking and not
being hasty. So you should think about
what you are intending to do, take stock
of yourself before acting, think about
whether it is halal or haram (permissible
or impermissible), then look at your
intention: what do you want from this?
Every time you take stock of yourself
and think before acting, this will remind
you about forming the intention, until it
becomes second nature and a habit that
you adopt, so that you will not enter or
exit, eat or drink, give or withhold,
without having an intention in doing so;
thus most of your time will become
times of worship.
We ask Allah to help us and you to do
this.
And Allah knows best.

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