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The Value of Making One’s Intentions for the Sake of Allāh in Day-to-Day Life

Al-ʿAllāmah ʿAbd al-Raḥmān ibn Nāṣir al-Saʿdī

Muslims should strive to turn their mundane daily actions into worship by making their intentions for the sake of Allāh.

An intention is also [important] in what one engages in from permissible actions [mubāḥ][1] and in worldly affairs. For whomsoever intends from the way he chooses to make a living, and his worldly, mundane actions, that they are for the sole purpose of seeking aid in the execution of the right of Allāh [over him], from carrying out that which has been made obligatory or recommended, and he keeps this righteous intention in his eating, drinking, sleeping, resting, and earning a living: He will have successfully turned his mundane everyday actions into worship. Moreover, Allāh will bless him in those actions, and open the doors of goodness and provision for him in ways he would never have thought possible, from avenues that would not even have occurred to him.

Whomsoever carelessly misses the accompaniment of this righteous intention due to ignorance or devaluing it, let him blame no one except himself. In an authentic narration the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said: ‘Indeed, you do not carry out a single action for which you seek the Face of Allāh except that you are rewarded for it, even it be [a morsel of food] which you place in the mouth of your wife.

Endnotes:

[1] Mubāḥ: actions for which there is no reward from Allāh for the believer in carrying out neither punishment from Allāh in leaving.

Source: Bahjah Qulūb al-Abrār: 18
Translated by: Riyāḍ al-Kanadī

Published: June 1, 2023
Edited: June 10, 2023

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