You Have to be a Visionary
“Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended. Whoever migrates with an intention for Allah and His messenger, the migration will be for the sake of Allah and his Messenger. And whoever migrates for worldly gain or to marry a woman, then his migration will be for the sake of whatever he migrated for.”
(Sahih al-Bukhari & Muslim, Hadith –1)
Dear brothers and sisters,
This hadith is central to Islamic thought, culture, and understanding and shows the balance between the internal and external states of oneself. Scholars have commented that this hadith comprises one-third of knowledge because the intention in the heart is one-third of action. Our Intention creates our action, and our action creates our reality of life. The connection between action and intention highlights the connection between the physical and the spiritual components of any human. So this hadith emphasizes on the importance of having an intention for every physical act what we do, and the importance of having a purpose for every action.
Intentions lead to results. When a change in intention occurs, a change in the external conditions will follow. Intention is also enough for Allah (swt) to make a change in our reality. Specifically, in regard to Islamic work and worship, the quality of intention is very important. Involvement in Islamic work should not be primarily intended for marriage or fame, but to worship Allah, help our community and spread love amongst our community. The Prophet (sas) informed us that if you perform an act for the sake of someone else rather than for Allah’s sake, then Allah will reject that deed entirely.
Everything we do has to be intended for the sake of Allah (swt). A good action with the wrong intention will not get us any reward in the Hereafter. The believers should be visionaries because they should always be checking their intentions and understanding the purpose of their actions. They should be persistently asking themselves about their intentions for their short term and their long goals. Overall, the believer should constantly ask himself; “What I am doing and why am I doing?”
Jobayer Al Mahmud, Student, Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey