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Thought-Provoking Quotes: Importance & Purity of Intentions

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

 الحمد لله رب العالمين وصلى الله وسلم على رسول الله وعلى آله وأصحابه ومن اهتدى بهديه إلى يوم الدين

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It is reported that Zayd al Yamy (R) said,

“I would always like to observe good intention in every deed, even eating and drinking.”

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It is reported that Yahya ibn Abi Kathir (R) said,

“Keep having good intentions, for they are higher than undertaking good deeds.”

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It is reported that Yusuf ibn Asbat (R) has said,

“Keeping one’s intention always good is more difficult for doers of good  deeds than perseverance in a good course!”

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It was asked of Nafi’ bin Jubayr (R), “Won’t you attend the funeral?”

He replied, “Stay as you are until I revive my intention.”

Then he thought for a while and said, “Go on!”

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It is reported that ‘Abdullah ibn Mubarak (R) has said,

“A small deed may be great because of the intention behind it;

and a great deed may be insignificant due to the intention behind it.”

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It is reported that Fudayl ibn ‘Iyad (R) has said,

“What Allah swt wants from you is your intention and will.”

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A knowledgeable scholar (R) once said,

“They are superior to each other by virtue of their intentions,

not by virtue of performing prayer and observing fasting.”

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(may Allah swt be pleased with them all, ameen)

[Collected from Ibn Rajab(R)’s Jami’ al ‘Uloom wal Hikam, pp.13 of the English translation]

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