By Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani (From the video “Message Of A Mujahid”)
As we know, every deed we do will be rewarded based upon it’s intention.
The Prophet (ﷺ) said: “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 for a woman to marry, his emigration was for what he emigrated for.” [Bukhari]
And as Ibn Al-Mubarak (d.110 AH) said: “Many small deeds become big due to their intentions, and many big deeds become small due to their intentions.”
And if this is understood we realise the words of the Prophet (ﷺ) when he said that the first three to enter Hell would be a Mujaahid, a charitable person, and a Qaari. As these people done their deeds for other than Allaah’s pleasure.
So what should one’s intention be when coming to Sham? Primarily, it should be for hijrah and jihad. To fight so that the Word of Allaah becomes the highest, e.g, to establish the Shariah on the earth.
Secondary intentions could also be to raise one’s children in an Islamic environment, to support the State, to die in Dar Al-Islam, to live among the Muslims, etc. You can read more about the intentions for jihad here.
However, there are many intentions which can render your rewards in vain. Indeed, even a passing thought of riya can destroy all your good deeds. And on the day of judgement, you will be told to get your rewards from those you done the deed for. So we need to fear Allaah with regards to our niyyah.
As Sufyaan Ath-Thawri said: “The biggest struggle I have had is keeping my niyyah in check.”
In the upcoming articles I will discuss some of these issues inshaaAllaah.
Next article: Dealing With Sisters and Social Media.
Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani (Kik: shaykh.anwar)