In the name of Allah, Most compassionate, Most Merciful.
عَنْ أمِيْرِ الْمُؤْمِنِيْنَ أَبِيْ حَفْصٍ عُمَرَ ابْنِ الْخَطَّابِ رَضِيَ اللهُ عَنْهُ قَالُ
سَمِعْتُ رَسُوْلَ اللهِ صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ سَلَّمَ يِقُوْلُ
إنَّمَا الأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَ إنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِىءٍ مَا نَوَى
فَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ إلَى اللهِ وَ رَسُوْلِهِ فَهِجْرَتُهُ إلَى اللهِ وَ رَسُوْلِهِ
وَ مَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهُ لِدُنْيَا يُصِيْبُهَا أوِ امْرَأةٍ يَنْكِحُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهُ إلَى مَا هَاجَرَ إلَيْهِ
رَوَاهُ إمَامَا الْمُحَدِّثِيْنَ أبُوْ عَبْدِ اللهِ مَحَمَّدُ بْنُ إسْمَاعِيْلَ بْنِ إبْنِ إبْرَاهِيْمَ بْنِ الْمُغِيْرَةِ بْنِ بَرْدِزْبَهْ الْبُخَارِيُّ
وَ أبُوْ الْحَسَيْنِ مُسْلِمُ بْنُ الْحَجَّاجِ بْنِ مُسْلِمٍ الْقُشَيْرِيُّ النَّيْسَابُوْرِيُّ
فِيْ صَحِيْحَيْهِمَا اللَّذَيْنِ هُمَا أصَحُّ الْكُتُبِ الْمُصَنَّفَةِ
It is narrated on the authority of Amirul Mu’minin, Abu Hafs ‘Umar bin al-Khattab, radiyallahu ‘anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam, say:
“Actions are (judged) by intentions, so each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; but he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, his migration is to that for which he migrated.”
[Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
This Hadith of Rasool Allah highlights the importance of intentions for any action to be accepted. I here share with you brief insight on the hadith and how we can apply it into our lives.
- Actions are judged by intentions-
That is the say that there is no action except that they have an intention behind it. Whatever we do, whichever way we act, we have an intention behind it. A muslim should always stop and inquire to himself about the intention of his heart for doing what it does. We should be aware of the reasons we give to ourselves for doing a particular act. The choices that we have made in our lives are the result of our actions which are exclusively guided by our intentions. By not pondering over this one may fall into the hands of nafs whereby he or she will continue to do a sin repeatedly without considering the reason for doing it and the resulting consequences from it. So you are stuck in the cycle of committing sins one over the other before you realize it. Imagine how damaging it is to your faith. It is as if you are driving on a road which ends into a trench but you still keep going on because you are too busy driving!
The cycle will continue unless you stop it. How do you do that?
I share with you a very practical tip for this. If you practice it well, you will soon be aware of the habitual sinning you were committed to doing unaware. You can ask yourself the questions of WHAT and WHY. So next time you are tempted to pick up your phone and start scrolling aimlessly through your news feed, ask yourself- what are you going to do? and then when you answer it to yourself ask, why is it to be done? Is it more important than the assignment you have to complete by tonight or the book you have to read or the housework that remains? You yourself can answer the question best.
Answer with sincerity and if you do so, you will realize that you have awaken your consciousness to a degree that you can see out of the box and actually, gracefully walk out of the vicious cycle.
Wa Assalamu Alykum