Islamic Self Help Hadith 1 – Intentions
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Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatu you listening to Radio One Sir 90.4 FM in the Durban area 105 point six FM, in the Pietermaritzburg area. This is Michael calm coming to you live with our first episode of living Islam for 2016, every Tuesday evening between 930 and 10:30pm, writer on a radio and start living Islam, bringing Islam to bring you a practical guide to living and practicing Islam in the modern world. And our team for the past few months has been on goal setting, self help personal development, all from an Islamic perspective. And for those of you who are not aware, last year in April, I launched a new website called Islamic self help.com. That's Islamic self help.com.
And I have been working on various articles and ebooks on these topics of personal development, books and time management and self confidence which are available at the urban South bookstore. And I've also written a free ebook, which is actually going to be the the basis for my topics for the next 10 episodes, right? If you go to my website, Islamic self help calm, and you click on the button free ebook, you will get a copy of my ebook 10 self help tips from 10 authentic pieces. Now, in this ebook, I take 10 pieces. And for each one from each one, I explain its importance in personal development, right? These may be Hadees that you are familiar with, but probably from a
fake or aqeedah perspective. Yeah, I'm explaining the Hadith from a different perspective. And so this is going to be the theme for the next 10 episodes of loving Islam. I'm going to look at the same 10 thesis, which you will find in my ebook, and I'm going to explain one Hadees per show. So that means this week, we're going to look at hedis number one from that book. Right next week, we look at Heidi's number two, then Heidi's number three onwards. And I chose 10 editions, which I believe are amongst the most general the most powerful, and the most relevant to personal development. And this is the beauty of Quran and Hadith that the revelation of Islam, much of it has
been worded in such a general manner, that it can apply to many different topics. And so, you will find that the Hadees that we will look at over the next few weeks, you will find those Hadees is applied in every single topic. For example, the Hadees we are going to look at today, on intentions, you will find this Hadith, in personal development in purification of the soul in many different chapters of Vic in Akira in etiquettes of seeking knowledge, it pops up everywhere, because it is so general and so broad in its meaning. At the same time. It's so powerful implications in every area of life. And this is why we say Islam is a way of life, that when you look at the Quran, and when
you analyze the Hadees you will find that they apply to every aspect of your life. And so we've been speaking over the past few weeks about goal setting and having a vision. This week, we are going to move on to look at a hadith related to something which is very closely linked to goal setting. And that is Nia intentions. Why intentions? Well, every goal has an intention. Every goal has a motive, every goal has a reason why you chose that goal over any other goal. And as Muslims, we must realize that when it comes to our goals, the intention is crucial. Because a goal which has a noble intention, will be rewarding to chase and it will and you will have the assistance of Allah in
chasing that goal. But a goal which has an evil intention, even if the goal itself is good, but if the intention is evil, Allah will not help you there will be no Baraka and they will be the reward. In fact, there may be sin for chasing that goal. And so as Muslims we don't look at goal setting from a secular perspective, we look at it from a perspective of pleasing Allah subhanho wa Taala
So if you download the E book and again, that's Islamic self help calm, you click on the button for the ebook and you press the download button, you will get the PDF 10 self help tips from 10 authentic pieces. And in this ebook, if you open up two headings number one, it is the same Hadees that begins Sahih al Bukhari and it is the same Hadith that begins an hour with 40 Hadees and it is with the same Hadees that I begin the 10 self help tips. Why? Because this hadith is so powerful. This Hadees even a sharpie call it one third of knowledge, really if you know this Hadees you understand one third of our religion, it is that deep it is that powerful. You will study in almost
any aspect of Islamic Studies and that is the Hadees from Nia harleysville the hadith of sincere intentions.
The police goes as follows and honorable hottub radi Allahu anhu Kala Kala Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam in number amago miniato the orogeny mandawa Omar bin Al Khattab Raji lo and who narrated that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated every action is judged by its near by its intention and every man will get what they intended. Now, this Hadees is amongst the most powerful hedison that you will find. As I mentioned, Mr. McCarty begins he said he would have had this email and they will he begins the 40 Hades with the same ladies. It is unanimously agreed that this Hadees is authentic. It comes to us to just once a hobby Amerigo hottub radula 101 of the
greatest of the Sahaba the greatest after Abu Bakr, Siddiq, radi Allahu anhu Omar Al Khattab is the narrator of this Hadees. And those of you who do not know who Omar Abdullah hottub is, you know, he was the second Khalid of Islam, he was one of the closest companions of Prophet Muhammad Ali wa sallam, and he was one of the most influential men in the history of this world. Really, you should know this name. If you are a Muslim, you should know who omoplata is. If not, you need to go back and study your history because this is one of the most central figures in the history of Islam. so important that even the non Muslims have listed him amongst the most influential men in history.
Even non Muslims like Michael J. Hart, in his book, The 100 most influential people in the world, where he listed Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam is number one. The only other name for amongst the Sahaba to be on that list was even a hot tub. So this is no ordinary man. This was amongst the greatest of men, no matter what his enemies say about him already Allahu Allahu Allah is pleased with him and allow us to accomplish great things for this oma from amongst the things which Allah has been appointed us to this the hobby is that he's the one who heard this from the amount of Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wasallam and passed it on to those who are attending his good work, and
they pass it on to the next generation, until it reached Imam Al Bukhari, who wrote it down as the first book of history. And from there, it reached the entire Muslim world. And so this is the holiest of intentions. Now, in order to understand this hadith and its implications, there are three Arabic words that you need to be familiar with. And I'm going to very basically give you the definitions of these three Arabic words. The first is Nia, the second is Alas, and the third is Ria. Again, near the last, Maria, right, what did these three words mean? Mia means intention. Right. Nia means intention. Why do we do what we do? That's basically what you need is your why. Right? Why are
you praying? Why are you fasting? Why are you listening to read your answer? Why are you sleeping? Why are you working? everything you are doing? Has a meal. Everything you do has an it has an intention. A Nia is a general term, it can be something good or bad. There is good near and there is bad near. Now a good Nia is called Alas, which literally means sincerity, right to have
a sincere intention. This is a good intention. For example, someone says I'm listening to read your answer right now so I can learn about the dean so I can become a better Muslim. This is last year. This is a good reason to be listening to the radio station. Right? So if someone may say I am praying for Allah to get closer to Allah subhana wa Tada This year, last year, this is a good reason to be paying your sword out. Someone may see I'm willing to pay job to please Allah. This is a good intention. So last refers to a sincere good intention.
The opposite of a colossal Nia is real, which translates into English as showing off, showing off, right? And showing off in Islam is constantly a bad intention. So for example, if someone is delivering a lecture, in order that people may praise Him, this is real. And he is sinful for giving that lecture. If someone is praying for Allah says other people call him pious, this is real. And he's sinful for praying stola with that intention, if someone is fasting, so that people will look up to him and people will praise Him, then this is real. And this is a sin. And Ria is amongst the most dangerous of sense, because it is so difficult to detect, and it creeps up on us without us
even realizing it. And it is very difficult to get rid of. In fact, you know, many people ask me this question, and I actually have a video about this on YouTube. On the topic of real, many people ask me, how do we get rid of fear? Right, the question is, how do we get rid of it altogether? You know, that don't have to worry about it ever again. And the answer is, you can't. You can't do that. Because Allah has created this thing. This this desire to show up inside inside our enough, as a ongoing Jihad enough, as the ongoing struggle against our soul, the Jihad enough against Ria, the struggle within ourselves against showing off, it goes on, until we die. There's no way to rid
yourself of it completely. You will, throughout your life. Face times in situations where this creeps up again, all we can do is fight it and fight it for the rest of your life. Right. So how do you find the real? Number one, you always renew your intentions? You always make sure that whatever you do, you do it with a good intention. You always question yourself, you always ask yourself, why am I doing what I am doing. So a good intention, always renewing, always questioning, always introspecting. This can help you to avoid Ria. The second thing that can help you to avoid avoid Ria is to make dua every day to Allah to keep your heart steadfast upon his obedience, because it is
Allah who can protect us from falling into this. The third thing we can do to avoid Ria is to have good friends, have good company, have friends who will correct you when you have wrong intentions. have friends who will guide you back to the straight part when you are getting egotistical. Those are the friends that you need, not the friends that will pat you on the back and launch you up higher into space, not their friends, you will increase your hidden ego even more, no, no, you need friends who will help you to avoid Ria. And so these are the three Arabic terms to understand in order to understand this Hadees so what is the Hadees talking about right? The Prophet sallallahu
alayhi wa sallam stated that every action is judged by its intention, and everybody gets what they intended. So what does this mean? Well, on a very basic level,
right, it means that whatever reason, you did a deed that will decide on whether you are rewarded or punished for that deed. However, this does not apply to sins. Meaning, if you did a sin with a good intention, you still going to be punished for it. Good Intentions do not justify sins by this is the exception to the Hadees. Right? With the Hadith says every action is judged by its intentions. It does not include sense because a sin Dan with a good intention is to listen. Right? Someone who robs the bank to give to the poor, it is still robbing a bank, it is still a major sin. It is not justified on the basis of this Howdy. So let's be clear about that. This Hadees is not referring to
sins, it's referring to good deeds and worldly acts. So your good deeds in Islam are only considered good deeds, when they have a good intention. And if they have a bad intention, they are not considered good deeds. And if they have no intention, they are not considered good deeds. What do I mean by no intention? For example, some people praised a lot to please Allah, that is a cluster Nia that is a good intention. Some people pray so that other people will see them praying, this is real. This is showing off. This is the wrong intention. Some people praise Allah because it's a ritual and they have no idea why they are praying, they have no intention. There is no reward for that because
you're not doing it for Allah doing it as an empty ritual. And so if last year Nia means that you know why you were doing what you were doing. So every good deed must have a good intention. This also means that your worldly acts like setting your goals like working like spending time with your family. If you have a good intention for doing any of these things, then they become rewarding. But if you have an evil motive, they can become sinful and if you have no motive
They remain hollow. So our entire life revolves around our intentions. The only exception being since there is no justification of sins based on good intentions. So we need to take a break now, when we return, we will continue talking about the release of intentions, and we will talk in more details about how it relates to goal setting so don't go away. We'll be right back after this break, radio.
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I'm your host is Mike calm that we talking about the Hadees on intentions a class for Nia and its relationship to goal setting for so for those of y'all who just joined us, we are talking on the hadith of self help. These Hadees are taken from my free eBook 10 self help tips from 10 authentic Hadees which is available at my blog, Islamic self help.com. You just go to the blog, you click on the button free ebook and you can download it and from there you can follow along with the Hadith says that we will be discussing over the next 10 weeks. So Heidi's number one we said is the Hadees that every action is judged by its intention and everybody gets what they intended. Now, this Hudis,
we said refers primarily to our deeds. And the most important context for this Hadees is that when you do a good deed,
you must make sure that you are doing it for the sake of Allah and not for any selfish or worldly motivations. Right? But this Hadees does not only apply to Deen, it does not only apply to a brother, it also applies to a worthy life. It also applies to goal setting. You may ask how What does setting goals have to do with your philosophy? Well, goals are based on intentions. Every goal that you set, there is an intention behind it. You chose this goal over another goal, because there's something that's motivating you to do it. If that intention behind the goal is something which is displeasing to Allah
Law is not going to help you and to assist you in achieving your goals. There will be no Baraka in that effort. But if your goal is noble, if your goal goal is something pleasing to Allah, if your intentions behind it are pleasing to Allah, that Allah will assist you, they will be Baraka, they will be medicals, Allah will make sure that you accomplish it, because it is for the benefit of this oma. Therefore as Muslims. When we set our goals, we do not just look at the worldly results. We do not just look at it from a selfish or materialistic perspective. We look at it holistically, we look at it from a religious perspective, we first ask ourselves, is this gold pleasing to Allah? Is the
way of achieving it halal? Is it going to benefit the oma? These are things that we need to ask ourselves when we are setting our goals. Now, many people you know they may say that goal setting is a secular thing. It's a worldly thing. So why am I bringing Dean into it? And for those people? The answer is very simple. In Islam, there's no such thing as secular. There's no such thing as separation of religion, and worldly life. This show is called Living Islam. Because really, Islam is not a religion, it's a way of life. Islam dictates every aspect of your life. And I know nowadays is the secular movement is trying to separate religion, you know from from from worldly life and the
discouraging the woman from wearing hijab. Now the big lie and telling people to boycott Hajj and other kinds of things which are completely an Islamic, we need to understand something very clearly. Our religion
is holistic. And our religion covers every aspect of your life, from how you sleep, to what you eat, to what you say to what you do, to your manners, to your business, to your goals. Everything is governed by the teachings of Islam. So when you are setting your goals, you need to think about Allah, you need to think about whether these goals are pleasing to Allah. So what we're going to discuss over the next half an hour is we're going to look at those intentions, that you should avoid those intentions, which are displeasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And then we will look at those intentions which are pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala. And how all of this relates to goal
setting. So let's begin with the wrong intentions. And many of us when we set our goals, unfortunately, we do have these wrong intentions.
The first one is fame.
And I'm starting off with fame because nowadays in this age of social media, in this age of the internet way, it is so easy to become famous overnight. All you need is one viral video, one viral tweet. You know, too many people are doing things for the sake of fame. Now, understand something if you do something for the sake of Allah, and because you chose to do that for the sake of Allah, Allah made you famous.
That's not a bad thing. Right? Allah put you in that position, so you can influence more people.
But if you did something Islamic, something noble something good, but the only intention was to become famous. That is hypocritical. That is an Islamic and that will earn you the hellfire. So my brothers and sisters, when you are setting your goals, your intention should not be vain.
your intention should not be I want to be famous. I want people to like me. I want people to ask for my autograph. I want people to look up to me. All of this is not important to the believer.
Because when we die, it doesn't matter how famous you are. All that matters, is whether Allah was pleased with you or not. And don't be deceived by fame. If fame was so good, why do so many celebrities commit suicide?
Why are so many of them depressed? I remember, Jim Kelly stated this the famous comedian and actor. He stated that I wish everybody could be rich and famous. So they could see that is not worth it. Right? He went he was very famous in the 90s in the early 2000s. And he says it was not worth it. He felt empty. He felt lonely, and there were many others who did the same. They thought that fame will make them happy. It brought him nothing but loneliness and depression.
A famous rapper by the name of Napoleon, who was part of Tupac Shakur, gang
He states at the height of his fame. He had like two mansions and four cars. But he was the loneliest person on earth. Today he is a Muslim, living in Riyadh running a small coffee shop. And he's extremely happy.
When he was a famous non Muslim rapper, he was lonely. When he's living a simple life as a Muslim, he's happy. So don't be deceived by fame. It's a false flags set up by Satan to lead you astray. So never set your goals on the basis of fame. The way of this, because it will lead you far far astray. Along with fame comes via showing off.
How do you want to show people how much knowledge you have how good you are? How you better than them? Know You want people to praise you to look up to you the way of this showing off here. In Islam it is considered minus shark. by minus shark we mean it negates your good deeds. It can earn you the hellfire. It's not major shelter. It doesn't make you a non Muslim. It's still a Muslim, but it negates the rewards of your good deeds. And then the famous Hades director, Babel Marina Raja Lovato that the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated, on the Day of Judgment amongst the first people to be thrown in the Hellfire will be the charitable person, the Mujahid and the alum who did
it to show off, who did it for fame
that the person gave charity. So people will call him generous. And the Mujahid thought that people will call him brave. And the alum gave his lectures that people will say, awesome lecture, right.
Those are the first people to be thrown into Hellfire should be way of fame, by way of showing off, if allowed, rubs you fame, that's from Allah, but don't seek it, because seeking it leads you astray.
Be wary of making goals that are selfish. The believer is not selfish. The believer looks at himself or herself as part of enuma as part of a collective of a nation and when he or she sets their goals, it is something that benefits that oma
is not just something that benefits you.
So do not be selfish in your goal setting. This is the wrong intention for a Muslim to have your goals should not be such that they benefit you and nobody else rather they should be goals that will benefit this eventually be way of materialism, and greed.
And Hakuna Matata, sir Hector Toma macabre
that this competition to pile up the things of this world, it distracts you until you will die.
And unless you have a handout that reminds us in the Gospel.
This is what it is. People just want more and more. To have one house they want another. They have one car they want another, they have three wives, they want another in advance. They just want more and more. Relax, come down. Understand that having more is not going to make you happy. By having a less pleasure in your life that will make you happy. So don't let your goals be materialistic. There's nothing wrong with wanting to earn halaal money. There's nothing wrong with wanting to have a happy family life. There's nothing wrong with wanting security and safety and peace in this dunya. But these should be a means towards an end. This should not be the end in of itself. You should want
wealth so you can use it to please Allah. You should want a happy home that you are emotionally stable enough to serve Allah. You should want security so you can sleep peacefully at night so you can serve Allah. This is the way we should work. Right? Our goals must all be related to the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala it should not be only for worldly reasons. Rather we use this dunya to please Allah, we don't use Allah to understand you should be very careful when setting your goals. There's nothing wrong with saying that you want to be a millionaire. If the means to earning it is halaal. And if you plan on spending the money on benefiting the oma, there's nothing wrong
with it. But if it's purely selfish and materialistic, then we have a problem.
Well, we need to take our second break now. When we return we will continue talking about those type of intentions that you need to avoid by setting your goal so don't be away. Don't go away. We'll be right back after this break. rising costs we're making it increasingly difficult for those who are less fortunate also the adults and children from under
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Promoting the Islamic worldview in this part of Africa. Look, deal 105 point six FM Assalamu alaykum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh you listening to live in Islam on radio and sir I'm your host the smile come down and we talking about the addition intentions in Armenia to every action is judged by its intentions and the relationship between this Hadees and goal setting that when we set our goals they must be goals that are pleasing to Allah and not goals that are
materialistic, selfish, or for fame. When we set our goals, they also should not be harmful. And we will talk about this in more detail in Hades number four in in four weeks time, inshallah. But it also comes under intentions. Do not set a goal that is going to eventually harm anybody else. Because our religion is a religion of peace. It's only a religion of harm. We are prohibited from harming people. The only time that Islam allows you to fight is when it's in defense of the innocent. And when it's in defense of justice. And when you see promotion of peace. Otherwise, the status quo of a Muslim is that we don't harm people. Neither what we say or what we do. We are a
constructive community, not a destructive community. So beware of setting goals that are destructive. Beware of goals that tear the community apart, that cause harm, that cause disunity, they cause problems in society. They break up families, beware of all of these type of goals. Make sure that the goals that you are setting are those which are constructive, which bring people closer together, which help people to please Allah subhanho wa Taala
the way of setting goals that are unjust, always as a believer in everything you do, always focus on justice. Because we are the amount of justice and the standard is much Allah never takes the side of the unjust. Those people who are committing injustice in the world today, they will eventually get what's coming to them. Don't think they're getting away with it. Eventually, Allah subhanho wa Taala will give them what they deserve.
And if you to choose to chase after goals, the unjust, you too will face the wrath of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So to summarize the types of intentions we should avoid,
we should avoid setting goals on the basis of fame, showing off greed, materialism, selfishness, harming others, or injustice.
On the flip side, there is now look at those goals which are pleasing to Allah which count under lasagna, which called under noble goals. And just to remind you, why do you does your goal need to have
good intention. Because if you have a goal which is in of itself noble and committed to earning, it is halaal.
And this goal has an intention that is pleasing to Allah, that Allah is going to bless that project, Allah is going to help you achieve that goal. Allah is going to help put Baraka in the in an effort, Allah is going to help you in miraculous ways that you never imagined.
And you're going to be rewarded for chasing that goal as well. So this can become a huge opportunity for you in dunya, and akhira. So you don't want to squander this understand this much goals that are pleasing to Allah benefit you in this world, and they are here. So what are the intentions we should have been setting our goals. Of course, our number one intention is that whatever we do, we do it for the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Anything you do, whether it's going to work with it, starting a business, whether it's writing a book, whether it's delivering a radio program, whether it's going to school, whether it's spending time with your family,
anything you do, can be rewarding, if it's done for the pleasure of Allah. So if you choose to, for example,
if you choose to write a book, if you're writing a book, so you can become famous, there is no reward in that. But if you are writing a book, so Allah will be happy with you for writing something beneficial, then
you can get rewards for writing the book. For every step you took in writing a book, you can get reward for every person that read that book, for every person who benefited from that book for every person whose life was changed by the network.
This can become multiplied reward for you over and over again.
And this is something many of us don't think about that. When you do things for the pleasure of Allah. The reward is not one stuff. Very often, especially when it comes to goals that benefit people. The reward is multiplied. It has a domino effect. Think about it. Who Emanuel Bukhari when he wrote Sahih Bukhari it benefited people from that time right until today, 1100 years later. That means for every person who benefited from Sohail Bukhari over the past 1100 years, he might know how he gets the reward, inshallah.
That's powerful. That's the importance of having a goal that's pleasing to Allah subhana wa Tada, it can become a sword, a source of solidarity or for your continuously work for you, even after you die if that goal continues to benefit people. So for example, if you opened up an orphanage for the sake of Allah, even if you pass away, as long as orphans continue to benefit from it, you continue to get a reward. If you started a homeless shelter for the sake of Allah, as long as homeless people are benefiting from it, even if it's 100 or 200 years after you have died, you continue to honor the work for the sake of Allah. If your goal was to set up a Masjid, in an area that had no mustards
every person who prays to Allah in that Masjid, for as long as that must exists, you will get the reward of that if you set up the mastery for the sake of Allah. So this is something powerful. The when we set our goals, we do it for the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala and not for anything else. This way, whatever you do, it becomes a source of the wobble Giardia for you.
With pleasure of Allah the second goal we should have for anything that we do. The second intention we should have is to earn Jana to earn paradise.
That whatever we do, it should be gender focused. It should lead us towards gender, not away from gender happy business that leads towards gender. Now the business that takes you away from gender. So don't sell things that are Haram.
Don't use haram capital to start up your business.
don't invest in haram companies, because their business will lead you astray. Don't have to answer to allow the Day of Judgment. For every cent you earned and every cent you spend to
set up a business that these halaal a business that is going to benefit people a business that is going to bring value to people's lives and do it for the pleasure of Allah and this can lead to gender, your business can take you to gender. Look at osmani Bonanza and Roger no one who he was a wealthy businessman, a millionaire of his time.
Whenever Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam would ask for someone to spend in the pocket of Allah, Osman even unfound will do so. And he would you know a body of wealth for people and fund the entire army of developers love
He was alone. And he will do all of these things. And this was the means of him earning gender. He was a businessman who used his wealth to ungentle. You can do this as well. So make sure whatever part you embark on whatever goals you set for yourself in life, they are leading towards gender and not away from it.
A third intention, behind any goal that you set is that that goal must make this world a better place, at least for somebody. Yes, you can make this world a better place for everybody. But if each of us
is trying to make this world a better place for somebody, it will slowly become a better place for everybody. So set goals that are beneficial to others.
The Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam stated in the Hadees that we will discuss in details, inshallah, in two weeks time, that the best of you are those who are most beneficial to mankind.
Therefore, your intention in goal setting should be to benefit mankind, to benefit others to benefit people to make this world a better place. It goes back to what we said earlier, don't set goals that are selfish, set goals that have been official set goals pleasing to Allah subhanho wa Taala set goals that make this world a better place. So
make sure that whatever you're working towards, others are benefiting from it as well. And this can take place in so many different ways. It could be a project, like an orphanage, or homeless shelter or something to help the refugees or to help the BDS movement. Or it could be something, you know, really just like doing Dawa, or writing a book or getting involved residuals. Or it could be something,
you know, business related, that you're selling a product that benefits people that makes life easier for people that that brings people closer to Allah, whatever it is, make sure that you are bringing value to society, that you are making this world a better place, that you are contributing to the upliftment of society and not the destruction of society.
I mean, think about it, so many of us, we sell things that are destroying society. I mean, how many Muslims see nothing wrong in selling cigarettes, even though they won't smoke it themselves?
ask yourself a question. By selling that pack of cigarettes, are you making this world a better place? Or worse place? Are you benefiting someone? Are you harming that person?
When you give someone a pack of cigarettes in exchange for money, you're basically telling a person, go kill yourself, I don't care. I'm getting rich off. You're killing yourself. Because this tickly smoking is one of the biggest killers worldwide. And really, I'm bringing this up because it really said recently I was doing Dawa to a Christian gentleman. And this this man, he told me that if you Muslims are so religious, why is it that you're in Durban? most smokers are Muslims? and asked him What do you mean, he said, most of the Christians he knows refused to smoke. They know it's harmful. They know it's bad. They know it's something that God wouldn't be pleased with. But everywhere he
goes, he sees Muslim smoking, and selling cigarettes and you know, smoking me coming out to the masjid and smoking and breaking the past. He says he can't take our religion seriously, because we don't take our own health seriously.
And I told him, I agree with you. I agree that this is haram, it is bad. It is something that's a problem with the Buddha community. Don't judge the religion by what the people are doing. It is their mistake, it is their sin. It's not the religion at fault. But rather than understand this, we talking about goal setting.
Make sure that what you do benefits others, make sure that what you sell benefits others. So if you are selling something in your shop, look at it. Is this thing that you're selling productive? Is it beneficial? The person who's buying it, will it help them? Or will it harm them? If it's going to harm them? Then you are making money of harming somebody else?
How would you answer to allow for that? How would you answer to yourself for the what if somebody who's to buy cigarettes from you every week? got cancer because of it and died? Did you realize you are you a part of the cause of his death in exchange for money? Have you ever thought of it that way?
see something that we seriously need to think about do not set goals that are harmful set goals that are beneficial to society. So we need to take our last break now. When we return. We will recap whatever we have discussed thus far. And we will conclude on this Heidi's on intention, so don't go away. We'll be right back.
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help.com if you visit the website and click on the button free ebook, you can download it and you can follow along with each Hadees that we are discussing on the show. And this week we discuss hedis number one in the book, which is the Hadees of intentions that in normal Amelie been yet while the orogeny mandawa. Every action is judged by its intention and everybody will get what they intended. Now, this release was the original a very interesting time when the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam and his companions were migrating from Mecca to Medina. And we know that this migration from Mecca to Medina this hedger, it was one of the greatest acts of worship that they did. But there was
one man who migrated from Makkah and Medina, because he was in love with a woman in Medina. So he didn't go there. For the sake of Allah, he went there to marry this lady, and he got him a leader. And you know, they were happy. And so the purpose of all the asylum, if you go with the full Hadees, he states that
every action is judged by his intention, and every man will get what they intended. So whoever migrated for the sake of Allah and His Messenger, then the migration is for the sake of Allah and His Messenger, but do you ever migrated for a woman or a piece of this dunya, then they will get what they intended. So the full context of the Hadees is in light of the situation, that if you have to do something like move from one country to another, but if you did that for the sake of Allah, that you want to live in a better environment, you want to live in a more Islamic environment, you want to bring your kids up in a better environment for the sake of Allah, that becomes an act of
worship. And you will get what you wanted, which is the pleasure of Allah. But if you made the exact same journey, that exact same place, but you did it for something of this dunya more money, you know, woman you are in love with or, you know, whatever it was, you will get that will get the more money, you will get that person you want to marry, but you won't get any reward for that action. Why? Because it wasn't done for Allah sake, it was done for dunya. So you will get the dunya and not the author of void. And what does Hadees teaches us is that, you know, don't underestimate your intention in anything in anything.
Even if it's moving from one place to another, why are you moving from here to there? You need to ask yourself this question. Because the intention behind that move can make it rewarding or not. So we were talking about this Hadees that every action is judged by its intentions. But we were talking about in relationship to goal setting, that every goal that you set, there's always a motive and an intention behind it. You need to ask yourself, you know, what's my intention? What's my motive? Is it something beneficial to me something beneficial and pleasing to Allah? Or is it something displeasing to Allah? Because this will affect your entire life? Think about it, if you've set your
goals for the next 10 years, and all of these goals
are displeasing to Allah.
Or they are leading to a result that is displeasing to Allah, or the path to achieving them is haraam. Thank you for what?
You are setting yourself up to commit sin after sin after sin for 10 years.
How do you think that's going to look on your scale of deeds? Right? For example, maybe your goal is to become a millionaire.
But the way to achieve that goal is you're going to get involved in rebar. In interest, you're going to sell things as a haram you're going to do whatever is displeasing to Allah, you don't care, you're just doing it because you want the money. Right? So you have a harangue goal, towards the halal end, because becoming a millionaire is helpful. But what happens here now, you will now a millionaire based off around money. So now it's around money. So it's around millions, and millions. So now the end result is not helpful, either. But why did you want to become a millionaire? See, did you see what you've got to ask yourself as a Muslim? Why? For example, I want money so that I can
find my own dollar projects. Right? That's where our money? Why do you want money? Is it to help people? Or is it to commit some major sins that you can't afford to commit right now, you have to be very honest with yourself about this. If your goal is to use harass, means, means to become a millionaire. So you can commit major sins that you can't afford to commit right now. You are setting yourself up to commit sin upon sin upon sin, not just the end, but the entire road is sinful.
And Allah will not help you, there will be no Baraka and peace in your life. And you will waste the next few years of your life doing something that will harm you in this world and the afterlife. So be very, very careful about your intentions. On the other hand, if your goal was to produce a product, that is going to benefit millions of people, and to sell it at a good price, so millions of people can afford it and buy it, and then that money will make you a millionaire. And you will use that money to fund orphanages and to help the refugees and to assist the Dow. Now, every step of the journey becomes rewarding to Allah.
Because you are helping people, you are benefiting society, you are earning a lot of money. And you are working towards a goal that is pleasing to Allah. So you are getting rich in this world. And after at the same time, you are building money in dunya. And you're building good deeds in the market at the same time this was happening. This is just how powerful that intention is. So be very careful with your intentions. And we said the intentions we need to avoid anything related to fame, showing off greed, materialism, harm, injustice, and selfishness. These are things that the Muslim must avoid in setting his goals or her goals. Don't do things for the sake of becoming famous.
There's no there's no benefit in becoming famous. In fact, it's a headache. When you famous, people are tweeting about you. And anything mistake you make, you're gonna push WhatsApp messages about you. And the paparazzi will be taking photos of everything you do. It's a big headache. You don't need them. Don't worry about it's not important, if anything is going to make your life more miserable. So don't make them any tension, showing off what you're going to get out of that to help IO. You know, big cells are going to be a big person if you're doing things to show off. Because what happens when you do things to show off, you act pious, but you're not pious. So you fake really
want to live the rest of your life as a fake and have to face janome in the afterlife. On top of that. It's not worth it. Avoid real avoid showing off
greed and materialism. What will that lead to?
it'll lead you never being satisfied.
It will lead to you never being content. It will lead to you never experiencing inner peace or happiness.
lead to you just wanting more and more and more until you go crazy.
So don't make materials in your code,
how many justice
we really can't even think about that. As a believer. We don't harm people. We are the most justice of people. So don't go there. selfishness,
you're gonna have a lonely life if you're selfish. The only way to be happy is that you care for others just as much as you care for yourself that you're allowed for your credit, what you love for yourself, abandoned selfishness, it only creates Muslim misery, and loneliness.
And we said the intentions you should have
is to please Allah
and work towards gender. And to make this world a better place, to bring value to society, and to benefit humanity.
When you are setting your goals, you need to keep all of this in context, is the goal and the means towards attaining it pleasing to Allah? Is it leading to gender or away from gender?
Are you going to make this world a better place or a worse place? Is it benefiting humanity? Or is it harming people?
This is a very serious issue to think about. And when you when you set your goals with all of this in mind, the end result is a goal that is noble, a goal that is worthwhile, a goal that is going to earn you miracles and the assistance of Allah subhanho wa Taala. And it is a goal that will make you happy before you even achieve it. Just knowing that every day you are working towards something noble that will bring you happiness. And this is this is the amazing thing of a good intention. When you're working towards a wrong ends. You're never happy, not now no when you achieve the goal, but when you're working towards a noble cause a noble end, you are happy while you are working towards
it, and you are happy when you receive it as well. So this is the topic of intentions and how it relates to goal setting.
Next week, we will look at hedis number two in the book. And for those of y'all who did not join us earlier talking about my free eBook 10 self help tips from 10 authentic hadith which is available for free on my
website Islamic self help calm we are talking about Hadith number one from the E book next week we will discuss hedis number two, which will be the Hadees on the importance of earning your own income. Yes, there are pieces which talk about the importance of earning your own income. And we will talk about how these next week and how important that Hadees is relates to personal development, especially nowadays when so many people are trying to take shortcuts to getting rich, this Hadees is very very important. So next week's topic is the Heidi's on the importance of earning your your own income. And if you want to read about it again the ebook is available at Islamic self
help.com. With that, we come to the conclusion with this week's episode. And next week, inshallah, we will discuss the importance of earning a halaal income or earning your own income from the authentic IDs. Zaha here was Salam Alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh social expectations