Saturday, April 16, 2005

bismillah, walhamdulillah, wassolatu wassalamu 'ala rasulillah

Verily, actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), and verily, each man will have what he intended. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) was to Allah and His Messenger, then his migration is to Allah and His Messenger; and he whose migration was for some worldly thing he might gain, or for a wife he might marry, then his migration is to that for which he migrated.
SubhanAllah, in just few words, Rasulullah sallAllahu'alaihi wasallam laid down for us the most fundamental rules in our deen; ALL our actions (read:physical, mental, spiritual..i mean, ALL) revolve around our intentions.
Now, if we want to maximize the rewards with minimized action, first we need to worry about the validity of our deeds, simply because there is no ‘amal without niyah. Good news! There are just two conditions for our deeds to be valid:
1) Make sure that our niyah is purely for Him subhaanahu wata'ala, and
2) that our action is in accordance to the practise of rasulullah SAW, or what he SAW had taught.

Next is the fun part! Once we are sure that our acts are valid, then only do we worry 'bout the rewards. Here are two things that we need to know:
1) Niyah distinguishes an 'ibadah from a mundane act. As long as we have a sound niyah, doesn’t matter if the act is as unexciting as sleeping, we'll still be rewarded.
2) The diversity in the good niyah will only add to the rewards [e.g: I'm sleeping for Allah, I'm sleeping to make sure that I'll have enough rest to stay awake for qiyam, I'm sleeping so that I'll have enough energy to do good for the rest of the day etc. you get what i mean, inshaAllah]

Well, some ask, how do I know if my niyah is a good/sound one? You and I know that it is almost impossible (except if we struggle hard for it) to have a niyah purely for Him, right? These are what the 'ulama taught us:
1) Niyah comes out of our hearts. So, good heart produces good niyah.
2) Keep on checking that your niyah is free from riya', sum'ah, 'ujub and doing acts for the attainment of dunya.
3) Constantly be mindful of the movements/acts e.g. hubb, tawakkul, sabr, riya', kibr etc of your qalb; be watchful of them and take very good care of them.
4) Knowledge, knowledge, knowledge. Remember, regardless of how awesome we think our deeds are, if they don't fulfill the rules, rest assured they'll go in vain.

None can stress enough of the importance of cleansing and purifying our hearts. If we don’t struggle and exert ourselves to make our hearts spotless, we won’t be able to have a sound niyah. No sound niyah = no ‘amal. No ‘amal = no rewards. No rewards = ??? you can figure that out. So, whatever we do, we need to make sure that HE FINDS OUR HEARTS WHERE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BE, AND HE DOESN’T FIND IT WHERE THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE. May He grant us the strength to practice what we learn, and the ability to understand the wisdom behind His creations. Ameen.

- Niyah = the burst inside the heart, the ‘azm, the determination, the resolution and the commitment; not merely an ambition.

**summary from Monday halqa (study of the book of taysir al-‘allam, sharh umdat al-ahkam, a compilation of ahadeeth from Bukhari & Muslim)


At 12:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Many a small deed becomes bigger because of the intention, and many a big deed becomes smaller because of no intention."
~ Abdullah ibn Mubarak


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