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Will My Intention to Spend My Future Earnings in a Praiseworthy Manner Be Rewarded?

Answered by Ustadha Raidah Shah Idil

Question: I am currently studying to get a job in the future, inshaAllah. Once employed, if I intend to spend my money in the way of Allah, will I be rewarded for both my studies and work?

Answer: Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray this finds you well. May Allah reward you for your sincere question and grant you tawfiq in your studies and career.

Intention

It is taken from the well-known hadith in which the Prophet (Allah bless him & give him peace) said, “Verily actions are by their intentions, and one shall only have that which one intended.” [Bukhari & Muslim] The scholars stated that there is something implicit in this hadith, namely: “Verily actions are [rewarded] by their intentions, and one shall only have [the reward] for that which one intended.” – Excerpt from Actions Are Rewarded Due To Intentions by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Yes, inshaAllah you will be rewarded for studying and by working. Please continue to renew your intention regularly in order for you to gain reward.

Please refer to the following link:

A Reader on Sincerity, Intention, and the Purpose of Spiritual Routines

Wassalam,
Raidah

Checked & Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani.

Seeking Sincerity: How Can One Strive To Have One’s Actions Accepted by Allah Most High?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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Question: Assalam Aleikum,

It is scary to imagine that you might THINK you’re doing something for Allah but that’s not the case–that one’s actions may be insincere and therefore not acceptable to Allah. In that sense, is it reasonable to say that there’s nothing we can do beyond praying that Allah accepts our deeds?

Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah.

There are means to take to have sincerity, these include:

(1) Seeking beneficial knowledge, through reliable sources;
(2) Keeping the company of the sincere—both learned scholars of guidance, as exemplars, and good friends as company;
(3) Acting on one’s knowledge, with consistency, gradualness, and striving to make one’s private and public actions and states the same;
(4) Turning to Allah before every action;
(5) Remembering Allah during one’s actions;
(6) Asking Allah for acceptance after one’s actions;
(7) Frequent supplication for next-worldly matters and the states beloved to Allah—such as sincerity;
(8) Keeping one’s tongue moist with remembrance of Allah.

These are eight matters from “striving for the sake of Allah.” Allah Most High promises, “Those who strive for Us, We shall surely guide to the paths leading to Us. And Allah is indeed with the people of excellence.” [Qur’an, 29.69]

Please see also: A Reader on Sincerity, Intention, and the Purpose of Spiritual Routines and: Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad – Hypocrisy and Sincerity – A Talk and: A Reminder for Teachers: The Need for Sincerity, and the Dangers of Seeking Prestige and the Praise of Others – Imam Dhahabi

And Allah alone gives success.

Wassalam,

Faraz Rabbani

A Reader on Sincerity, Intention, and the Purpose of Spiritual Routines

“Actions are lifeless forms whose souls are the secret of sincerity in them.”

Sidi Ibn Ata’illah (Allah have mercy upon him)

Sincerity & Intention
Intention: Validity And Sincerity
Actions Are Rewarded Due To Intentions
Should I Remove the Hijab Because I Am a Bad Example for Others?
Good Deeds & Salvation: Putting Our Works Into Perspective
The Difference Between an Oath and an Intention
Prophetic Sunna of Making One’s Actions Firm – Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Intention & Closeness to Allah
IslamCast Daily Hadith – 1 Intentions and Closeness to Allah
Seeking Allah in All One’s Actions – Magnifying, Multiplying, and Recording Intentions in Islam 
Thankfulness to Allah – Reality, Aspects, & Expression of True Gratitude – Faraz Rabbani
Intentions & Acts of Worship
The Prayer for Drinking Coffee – The Power of Purpose and High Intentions
Is It Valid to Combine Multiple Intentions in One Prayer?
The Intentions for Seeking Knowledge – Imam Abdullah al-Haddad
The Intentions of Marriage – Shaykh Ali bin Abu Bakr al-Sakran
Intention for Sending Blessings upon the Prophet
Drinking Wine With Good Intention?
Intention, Sincerity & the Heart
How Can I Increase My Iman and My Sincerity By Doing Things For the Sake of Allah?
Contentment, Reliance on Allah, and Pure Intention – Shaykh Abdal Hakim Murad
Imam Nawawi On Fighting The Ego (Nafs)
A Reminder for Teachers: The Need for Sincerity, and the Dangers of Seeking Prestige and the Praise of Others – Imam Dhahabi
The Purpose of Spiritual Routines
The Aim, Purpose, and Consequence of Consistent Spiritual Routines
Ramadan Reminders 26: Elements of Success: [3] Good Habits – Routines – Consistency – Gradualness
Related Courses
Principles of Islamic Spirituality
Seeking Allah: Imam Muhasibi’s Treatise of the Seekers of Guidance Explained
Purification of the Heart & Praiseworthy Character (from Ghazali’s 40 Foundations of Religion)
Further Reading
Sea Without Shore: A Manual of the Sufi Path – Shaykh Nuh Keller – Now Available – SunnaBooks
Imam al-Haddad’s Advice to the Spiritual Wayfarer – Muwasala
Ibn Rajab al-Hanbali’s Commentary on the Hadith of Gibril
On Reflection (fikr) – Imam al-Haddad (Book of Assistance)