Praise be to Allah and may the peace and the blessings of Allah be upon His Messenger Muhammad, his family members, his companions and his lovers.
Thereafter, in this episode by the will of Allah we will mention the importance of intention in the light of the Glorious Qur’an.
As far as the intention has such importance in Islam, we have highlighted some points about its significance in the previous episode. Actually, this value is based upon the Glorious Qur’an and the Prophetic Sunnah.
Therefore, the Glorious Qur’an has paid a distinct attention to the issue of intention. It is noteworthy that there are different types of wordings in the Glorious Qur’an that denote this matter, such as: whoever does something “Intending the Countenance of Allah” or “Intending the Hereafter” or “Seeking the Face of Allah” or “Seeking His pleasure” or “ Purely” or “Sincerely” or “For the sake of Allah”, etc.
As Allah (Glory be to Him) says: “And whoever desires a reward in (this) world, We shall give him of it; and whoever desires a reward in the Hereafter, We shall give him thereof.” [Surat A’li-`Imran: 145].
Furthermore, Allah (Glory be to Him) says: “Whosoever desires (by his deeds) the reward of the Hereafter, We give him increase in his reward, and whosoever desires the reward of this world (by his deeds), We give him thereof (what is decreed for him), and he has no portion in the Hereafter.” [Surat Ash-Shura: 20].
Moreover, the Almighty says: “Whoever desires the quick-passing (transitory enjoyment of this world), We readily grant him what We will for whom We like. Then, afterwards, We have appointed for him Hell; he will burn therein disgraced and rejected. And whoever desires the Hereafter and strives for it, with the necessary effort due for it then such are the ones whose striving shall be appreciated.” [Surat Al Isra: 18-19].
These Verses have divided the people who do any work into two categories; The first: Who desires the earthly goal, in the sense that he has no goal except the worldly desires then his fate is the Hell as was mentioned in the above-mentioned blessed Verse.
The later one: Who intends the Hereafter and who made it his final goal and strived for that, then his work would be appreciated and his endeavor would be rewarded and his abode is Paradise, as well as such person would be honored with the pleasure of Allah Almighty.
Therefore, we find that the Glorious Qur’an has exhorted to intend the Hereafter. The intention of the Hereafter is also called the sincerity.
Allah (Glory be to Him) has invited people to acquire this quality and to adopt this manner in every action and work. Allah (Glory be to Him) says: “Verily We have sent down the Book to you (O Muhammad) in truth: So worship Allâh (Alone) by doing religious deeds sincerely for Allâh’s sake only.” [Surat Az-Zumar: 2].
Moreover, Allah Almighty says: “And they have been commanded no more than to worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith).” [Surat Al Bayyinah: 5].
How often the Glorious Qur’an has praised the sincere people who did not seek through their work but the pleasure of Allah the Almighty and do not desire anything but nearness to of Allah and who never run behind the people or their praises.
Those sincere people include the righteous individuals who give food for the sake of Allah, expecting neither reward nor appreciation from anyone. About them, Allah (Glory be to Him) says: “Verily, the pious (true believers of Islamic Monotheism), shall drink of a cup (of wine) mixed with (water from a spring in Paradise called) Kâfûr. A spring wherefrom the slaves of Allâh will drink, causing it to gush forth abundantly. They (are those who) fulfill (their) vows, and they fear a Day whose evil will be wide-spreading. And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to the poor, the orphan, and the captive (Saying): "We feed you seeking Allâh’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you. "Verily, We fear from our Lord a Day, hard and distressful, that will make the faces look horrible (from extreme dislike to it)." So Allâh saved them from the evil of that Day, and gave them a light of beauty and joy. And their recompense shall be Paradise, and silken garments, because they were patient.” [Surat Al Insan: 5-12].
For that reason, a Muslim should seek through his work the pleasure of Allah Almighty only, thereby it is hoped that his work would be accepted by Allah (Glory be to Him) and he will get the reward in the Hereafter.
Moreover, by the will of Allah Almighty we will mention in the following episode the importance of sincerity in the light of blessed Sunnah.
May the peace and the blessings of Allah be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family members and his all companions.