The purpose of intention… based on Al Ghazzali’s works

Our Prophet sAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam taught us that, Allah subhanu wa ta’ala sees neither your forms nor your riches, but your hearts and deeds.

Allah (swt) sees the hearts because they are the loci of intention (Al Ghazzali). Your intentions define your actions and the value your intentions supercede the value of your actions..

وَمَا أُمِرُوا إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ الدِّينَ حُنَفَاءَ وَيُقِيمُوا الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُوا الزَّكَاةَ ۚ وَذَٰلِكَ دِينُ الْقَيِّمَةِ

And they were not commanded except to worship Allah , [being] sincere to Him in religion, inclining to truth, and to establish prayer and to give zakah. And that is the correct religion (98:5)

Except to worship Allah? But what percentage of my actions are intended for the worship of Allah? Leaving aside the obvious acts of worship, what is driving me? And surely if the purpose of our creation was to worship only Him then why is a large proportion of my time spent on trivial matters?

Perfection here is a redirection to when pure intentions dominating our habits and daily activities with the purpose of pleasing and worshipping Allah (swt)

The life of the Prophet sAllahu ‘alayhi wa salam can be summarised in one word, dua. So we make dua that Allah swt helps us purify our intentions, guide us towards Him and utilise our precious time efficiently and beneficially.

Juma Mubaraka 🙂

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