Intend itikaaf by staying in the Musjid even for a few hours as according to some scholars there is no time limit for itikaaf.
Your main intention when teaching or reminding others should be to benefit yourself! If your main intention is to remove ignorance from others first, then you will not see barakah in your teaching and you’ll also call people to things you don’t do yourself!
Your main intention when teaching knowledge or giving reminders should be to benefit yourself! If your main intention is to remove ignorance from others first, you will not see barakah in your teaching and you’ll also call people to things you don’t do yourself!
Make a list of targets for Ramadan and include:
- Finishing the Qur’an multiple times
- Repent a lot and try to cry everyday
- Read a bit of tafseer, even if only one page
- Increase in Ibaadah (acts of worship)
Always make your intentions for Ramadan before it arrives in case your soul is taken beforehand, then you’ll get rewarded based on your intention.
Sufyan al Thawri (rh) said that there is no action better than seeking knowledge, if a person has the correct intention.
We need to make the intention to fast the day of ‘Arafah and not miss on the immense reward, even if you haven’t managed to fast any of the other days of Dhul Hijjah.
A sister should make the intention to fast the day of ‘Arafah and if she menstruates before then, she’ll get the reward.
Remember, the eyes, ears and tongue should fast too.
Some of the scholars of the past have said that sincerity has three signs:
- That praise and blame of the common folk become equal in your eyes.
- That you become oblivious of your own good deeds after doing them.
- That you forget about your reward for your good deeds in the Hereafter!
Sincerity is to protect one’s action from being observed by the people! Meaning you don’t need to tell everyone every good you do!
“They listen to the doctors and not eat meat due to the risks of cholesterol. But they don’t listen to Allah and they eat the flesh of their brothers by *backbiting* and so be sinful.”
– Sh. Al-Shuraym
Fill every second with the remembrance of Allah! If you are seeking knowledge and there is no increase in your actions then check your intention. There’s a defect somewhere.
As one of the people of the past said, I do not want to be a donkey taking care of errands all day long while death is approaching me.
Not that a person can’t get rewarded for doing errands and so on but we need time for all acts of worship.
When studying anything in Islam one must first and foremost want to benefit themselves. If one intends to pass it on straight away then this could mean they won’t feel the impact of what they are studying as their intention wasn’t there in the first place.
Tawus would sometimes take his time replying or talking and when he was asked about this, he would say, would you like if I spoke without an intention?! He would then say he was making his intention and then did the action.
Let us check our intentions before everything we do too rather than hastening to do that action and forgetting our intentions!
How To Make Tawbah:
- An intention. It has to be for the sake of Allah.
- Leaving the sin.
- Regretting the sin.
- Making a firm intention not to go back to the sin again.
- It must be done before death.
If it’s from the rights of others, return it or its value if you stole. If you spoke about someone behind their back then mention something good about them in a gathering and make du’a for them.
When It Can Be Done:
- It can be done everywhere.
- It can be done anywhere.
- It can be done as often as possible.
- It doesn’t require wudu.
- It must be done for major sins.
- It can be done for minor sins.
The intention doesn’t require uttering at the beginning of the prayer or for other actions. Saying the intention can become an innovation and there’s no evidence for it at all, not from the Prophet (saw) or the Sahaaba and the one who does this is saying that the Prophet (saw) never taught us something!
The key to all good deeds is sincerity.
There are some other useful definitions of ikhlas:
– It is the freedom of the desire for nearness to Allah from every blemish or impurity;
– It is singling out Allah with one’s intention in all acts of worship;
– It is forgetting the sight of the creation by continual observance of the Creator; and
– It is to hide your good deeds just like you would hide your evil deeds.
تنوي أن رفع الجهل عن نفسك، وعن غيرك بالدعوة،
وتنوي طلب الثواب
تنوي العمل بالعلم
تنوي الدفاع عن الشرع والكتاب والسنة وحملة الشريعة
و أن تعبد الله بعلم