Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Is it time yet, to review our Intention(NIYYAH)?

Wishing you all tremendous amount of peace, in your mind, home and all your endeavours.

Today I wish to provoke your thoughts on an issue that we all usually overlook. As Muslims, our primary mission alive is to serve the Almighty Creator. So, I think it is only a smart move to make sure that we dedicate all our actions to worshiping him.

This been said, I would like to draw our attention to the importance of Niyyah in everything we do by quoting some Hadiths of our beloved prophet (SAW)
Allah's Messenger SAW: "Verily, all actions are but driven by intention and for everyone is what he intended." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim] 
Allah's Messenger SAW also said: "Certainly, Allah does not look at your shapes (appearance) or wealth. But He only looks at your hearts and deeds." [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

So, here comes the question. "Why are you working?"

Maybe the question seems weird but it really isn’t. Taking time to reflect why we do what we do may be all that is left to actually be happy and fulfilled with our jobs.
It is not enough to answer with sentences like:
I have to provide for my family” {yes, that is noble but may be tiring along the way. You may start wondering why you must be responsible for all these. Isn’t all this too much for you? Are you being appreciated enough? This intention may not be enough to get by those exhausting days}.
“I want to be the Miss/Mrs Independent” { Yeah, that’s also cool but with it comes a bit of pride which you may have to fight so hard to keep in check, in order not to hurt the important people in your life. Trust me, time will come you will desperately need them, not necessarily for money or material things but moral and emotional support that help you through stormy work experiences}.

Now how do we renew our intention?

Let’s not forget that the best of our actions which would earn us the greatest reward is fisabilillah (for the sake of Allah (SWT)). 
It is understandable if we have some glitches in arriving at this level and being sure it is not superficial. We shouldn’t just say it for saying sake."I am working for for Allah's sake" *roll my eyes*
In fact, we do not have to say it at all. It is the strongest convictions in our hearts that matters. Hence, there are some steps we can take to, Insha Allah, help us reach the noblest intention that will earn us greatest reward in front of our Creator. Not only will we enjoy His bounties in this world but also be saving for the hereafter as we go.

Constant Renewal of Knowledge:

Striving to increase our knowledge in Islam is the first step. Allah(SWT) said in the Quran "if we do not Him, how will we know how to worship Him?". Understanding that the greatest success we can achieve is not a measure of any of the worldly materials and status will push us to actually achieve the real success.

Constant Renewal of Faith:

Complete believe and submission to Allah will go a long way. We need to understand that all our labour, sweats, sleepless night ultimately means nothing without the mercy of Allah(SWT). Whatever we have or achieve is not by our might but by his grace. So, why not let Him help us attain the greatest achievement possible. In the process of genuinely leaving everything in his hand, we will recognise there is not worth spending our time on if not for His sake.

Outlining How the Job Benefits the Ummah:

It helps to take pen and paper and list all the ways we can think of, in which what we do, for the most hours of our days contribute to the propagation of Islam and humanity. We may be amazed at how much we will discover about our self worth after doing this. It helps you gain a strange sense of strength to keep going.  

Constant Reflection as we go:

We sure need to pause for a moment and reflect as we go about our daily life and struggles. It is extremely important to arrange our thoughts and put things into perspective. This helps us retrace our step when we start to go off track with our intentions and actions. See this as a form of check and balance we often do with our finances. (MCL TIP: this can be done daily as we retire to bed at night before we say our supplications prior sleep. Think about your actions that day, evaluate yourself and ask Allah for strength to be better)
May God strengthen our faith and keep us in the right path as we go about our daily life activities. {Amin}

We will like to gain from you too. Share with us how you stay in focus keeping your eyes on the star prize (Jannah) InshaAllah. Sharing knowledge is an act that will definitely be recognised and rewarded by Allah(SWT), Alhamdulilah.

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