Muslims across the nation were reminded of how important their niat or intentions were in their daily lives. Imams, through the Friday sermon, reminded that a Muslim’s intentions are more significant that the act itself and could determine whether one receives blessings of pahala for their act.
The imams said: “Every action must to be accompanied with the right and honest intentions. These can be the difference between any daily ritual and acts of ibadat.
“Even regular actions such as eating and drinking, if accompanied with the intentions to be closer to Allah SWT, these normal and routine actions can be counted as ibadat and will get the blessings of pahala.”
The jama’ah were also reminded that pure and honest intentions must be embedded in the hearts of each and every Muslim. The intention is the driving and motivating force behind the deed, and depending on the intention, the deed is either accepted or rejected.
A Muslim’s intention is not simply the statement of the tongue, nor is it simply a thought in the mind. Instead, it is the sincerity of the heart towards a deed that is for the sake of Allah SWT and to fulfil His commands.
The imams added: “A good niat, even without any action, is still counted and you will still receive pahala.”
Those with honest intentions in their actions would not seek any form of gratitude, praise or attention from others, apart from truly wanting for the blessings of pahala and to be closer to Allah SWT.
The imams said that the honest intentions of a Muslim can clearly be seen from how they act, such as praying without being forced to, or doing their jobs wholeheartedly and earnestly.
This, they compared, would differ greatly with a person with hidden agendas, who would only want to be seen as someone who is religious, good and hardworking, in hopes of being praised by the people around him.
“These will erase all the past ibadat a person has done, and Allah SWT will only accept the prayers and deeds of Muslims whose intentions are honest.”
The biggest example of having pure and honest intentions comes from acts of charity, such as zakat and wakaf, in hopes to be closer to Allah SWT.
The imams said that those with honest intentions for Allah SWT would not give a second thought to donate their money and belongings as Allah SWT will replace all that they have donated with an abundance of blessings and further pahala.
To end the Friday sermon, the jama’ah were reminded to self-reflect and make sure their intentions in praying were honest and pure, so that all their acts of worship would be accepted by Allah SWT.
New Brunei Daily