Intention (ﺍﻟﻨﻴﺔ)

What is your intention?

O brother! What is your intention for teaching or seeking knowledge? Why do you memorize the Quran and ahadith and learn other aspects of the deen?
The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be on him) said, “Verily, actions are judged by intentions…”(Bukhari and Muslim).
Is it just to become famous, wealthy show off or to seek the pleasure of Allaah Azza wajal?

Remember the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be on him) said, “He who follows a path in quest of knowledge, Allaah will make the path of Jannah easy to him. The angels lower their wings over the seeker of knowledge, being pleased with what he does. The inhabitants of the heavens and the earth and even the fish in the depth of the oceans seek forgiveness for him. The superiority of the learned man over the devout worshipper is like that of the full moon to the rest of the stars (i.e., in brightness). The learned are the heirs of the Prophets who bequeath neither dinar nor dirham but only that of knowledge; and he who acquires it, has in fact acquired an abundant portion.” [Abu Dawud and At- Tirmidhi].

Shaykh Abdul Azeez Ibn Baaz (Rahimahullaah) said, “O slave of Allaah! O student of knowledge! It is upon you to be sincere in your worship, intending it solely for Allaah. You must be serious and keen in seeking knowledge with perseverance, then act upon that which the knowledge necessitates, since what is required is implementation, and not that you become a scholar or achieve a high-class degree. Indeed the main purpose of seeking knowledge is that you act accordingly, guiding people towards good, consequently becoming the successors to the prophets in calling people to the truth.”
What is the essence of the knowledge that does not benefit its seeker? We ask Allaah to grant us beneficial knowledge.

…Abide by the truth even though your mind deserts you.


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