Muhammad Junaid Ibn Ekhlaque
In the name of Allah, the most gracious, the most merciful.
The word “intention” means “a determination to act in a certain way”. In Arabic “intention” refers to “niyyah”. The word “purify” means “to free from undesirable elements”. So, “purifying one’s intention for the sake of Allah” means to free undesira...ble elements from the heart, as the place of intention is the heart, for the sake of Allah.
The Prophet (PBUH) said, “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended for. So, whoever emigrated for worldly benefits or for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.”
From this hadith, we come to know that every deed is judged according to our intentions. If a deed is done sincerely, with the intention of acquiring Allah’s pleasure then He will reward us for it. But, if it is done for some other reason then there is no reward from Allah even if it is a very good deed.
For example, many people establish organizations to help the needy. They toil very hard to help them. But, Allah will only reward them if they are doing it to please Him. They will have no share in the hereafter if they are doing it for their own pleasure or for show-off, etc.
So, we come to know how important it is to “purify one’s intention for the sake of Allah” to save one’s deeds from being rejected. All our deed should be for the sake of Allah alone.
“Truly, my prayer and my service of sacrifice my life and my death
are (all) for Allah, the Cherisher of the Worlds.” [Qur'an 6:162]