Prior to doing anything, we usually think about why we’re doing something and what we hope to gain from it. This is our intention. As many of you know, Allah does not merely judge us based on our actions, but also on our intentions. We can do the most amazing things, we can pray five times a day, donate our money to charity, go on Hajj, help people, etc. but it will mean nothing if our intentions are not pure.
How do you know if you have pure intentions? Ask yourself why you’re doing something. We all need to become more self-reflective and think about the reasons why we choose to do things, whether they’re good or bad. Is it because we hope to attain the pleasure of Allah or because we hope to impress our parents? Is it because we feel that God will be displeased with us if we don’t or because we’re afraid of what our community will think of us?
We may think that we can fool Allah by performing the actions that he has deemed mandatory, such as praying and giving charity. We may think that that we can convince everyone, but we need to remember that Allah knows what is in each of our hearts. He knows why we choose to do the things we do, why we choose to pray, why we choose to help someone, why we choose to be kind, etc. You may think that you will get the reward for your actions by simply doing them, but know that your intentions are also being judged by God, not just your actions.
So think about why you do things before you do them. Is it because of the sake of Allah? Or is it because of you hope you impress the world? If it’s the latter, take some time to purify your intentions. Remember that the recognition you get from the world is nothing in comparison to the recognition you will get from Allah.
So before doing any good deed, think about why you’re doing it. Know that Allah’s reward for you outstrips anything you could possibly earn in this life and in this world.
A reminder for myself before anyone else.
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