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  • Good deeds and intention.


    It feels odd not posting on 'Ummah lounge' but i believe this is the right area

    So in Islam, can you do good deeds for the intention of being rewarded in akhirah? A big part of me knows the answer is yes, for example, i don't have the exact quote, but when you give up an argument even if you're at right, then you are rewarded with a house in Jannah. So in a way you are doing something, you probably don't want to do, but you remind yourself you will be rewarded and hence that intention of being rewarded affects your acts

    However, what if you help another muslim, not because you want to as in your intentions are not towards the good act you are doing, but just to be rewarded. Is that okay?

    Though you are meant to love your brothers and sisters for the sake of Allah... so maybe your intentions should be good when you help a fellow muslim.

    I'll try and break this up into a question
    QUESTION) if person A and person B do the same good deed and person A ONLY intention is to be rewarded, and person B intention is to actually help or assist. Will both rewards be the same?


    Hope i make sense

  • #2
    Re: Good deeds and intention.

    So my view,
    Yes, you do good deeds for the Sake of Allah SWT alone ,so that
    he will feel merciful to you and grant us Jannah.

    Well when it comes to helping a Muslim, i dont think it is hard to change your mindset to help them even if you do not want to.
    The very reason that you are helping them even if you dont want to is for the sake of Allah SWT, so that will be easy to cultivate in our minds.

    When you say rewarded that means you are doing to please Allah SWT isnt it, that is why we are rewarded.
    If not other side of the coin is you want to be rewarded by that individual , which i am sure is not the one you are referring to and its wrong of course.

    Well its natural disposition , when you want to help your brothers and sisters that your intentions will be good anyway , but the key thing is doing to please the creator not the creation.

    Answer to your question ,
    If you do it for the sake of Allah SWT then you will be rewarded anyway

    I think any person will find it hard to help someone without any intention.
    Ie - to help them because they feel sorry for them , or they feel they have to or they feel becasue that person is older.

    So their is some intention behind it subconsciously.
    So , as Muslims It is to please Allah SWT alone.

    That is my two cents anyway , and i maybe wrong and Allah SWT forgive me if so.

    Does that make sense ?
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    • #3
      Re: Good deeds and intention.

      Conditions Acceptability of Deeds by Allah

      When a Muslim does an action, what conditions make it acceptable and therefore rewarded by Allah. Is it simply that you intended to follow the Quran and Sunnah, and therefore you will be rewarded even though you may have been wrong in your action. Or is it that you must have the intention, but you also need to follow the correct Sunnah as well?

      Praise be to Allah.
      For acts of worship to be acceptable to Allah and for a person to be rewarded for them, there are two conditions which must be met:

      The first condition: the act of worship should be devoted to Allah Alone. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “And they were commanded not, but that they should worship Allah, and worship none but Him Alone (abstaining from ascribing partners to Him).”
      [al-Bayyinah 98:5]

      The meaning of worshipping Allah alone is that the person should intend in all his words and deeds, both inward and outward, to seek the Face of Allah (i.e., His pleasure). Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
      “And who has (in mind) no favour from anyone to be paid back,
      Except to seek the Countenance of his Lord, the Most High.”
      [al-Layl 92:19]

      “(Saying): “We feed you seeking Allah’s Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you.”
      [al-Insan 76:9]

      “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.”
      [al-Shoora 42:20]

      “Whosoever desires the life of the world and its glitter, to them We shall pay in full (the wages of) their deeds therein, and they will have no diminution therein.

      They are those for whom there is nothing in the Hereafter but Fire, and vain are the deeds they did therein. And of no effect is that which they used to do.”
      [Hood 11:15-16]

      It was narrated that ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say:

      ‘The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended. So whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or to marry a woman, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.’”
      (Narrated by al-Bukhari, Bad’ al-Wahy, 1).

      It was narrated by Muslim from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, says: ‘I am so self-sufficient that I am in no need of having an associate. Thus he who does an action for someone else’s sake as well as Mine will have that action renounced by Me to him whom he associated with Me.’” (Narrated by Muslim, al-Zuhd wa’l-Raqaiq, 5300)

      The second condition is that the action should be in accordance with the only way which Allah has prescribed for worship, which is by following the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in the laws that he has brought. It was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever does any action that is not in accordance with this matter of ours (i.e., Islam), will have it rejected.” (Narrated by Muslim, al-Aqdiyyah, 3243).

      Ibn Rajab (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “This hadeeth (narration) forms one of the most important principles of Islam. It is like a scale for weighing up deeds according to their outward appearance, just as the hadeeth ‘The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions’ is the means of weighing up the inner nature of deeds. Just as every action which is not intended for the sake of Allah brings no reward to the one who does it, so too every deed which is not in accordance with the command of Allah and His Messenger will also be rejected and thrown back at the one who does it. Everyone who innovates in Islam something for which Allah and His Messenger have not granted permission, that thing has nothing to do with Islam.
      (Jami’ al-‘Uloom wa’l-Hikam, part 1, p.176)

      The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) enjoined following his Sunnah (ways) and teachings, and made them binding. He (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “You have to follow my Sunnah (way) and the way of my rightly-guided successors (al-khulafa’ al-rashidoon); bite onto it with your eyeteeth (i.e., cling firmly to it).” And he warned against bid’ah (innovation), as he said: “Beware of newly-invented matters, for every newly-invented matter is a going astray.” (narrated by al-Tirmidhi, al-‘Ilm, 2600; classed as saheeh/authentic by al-Albani in Saheeh Sunan al-Tirmidhi, no. 2157)

      Ibn al-Qayyim said: “Allah has made devotion of worship to Him alone and following the Sunnah the means of deeds being accepted; if these conditions are not met, then deeds are unacceptable.”
      (al-Rooh, 1/135)

      Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

      “Who has created death and life that He may test you which of you is best in deed.”
      [al-Mulk 67:2]

      Al-Fudayl said: “’best in deed’ means, most devoted to Allah alone and most in accordance with the Sunnah.
      And Allah is the Source of strength.

      Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid
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      • #4
        Re: Good deeds and intention.


        May Allah reward you for your effort. That answered my question and i like your perspective. I forgot to mention i did require hadiths on the matter but you did it out of your own will and i appreciate your effort. Really nice hadiths that clears it all. Jzk.



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