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The Importance of Intentions rtance
The Prophet (saw) said: Verily, intended. “Verily, actions are but by intention and every man shall have that which he intended Thus he whose migration was for Allah and His messenger, his migration was for Allah and His messenger, and he whose migration was to achieve some worldly benefit or to take some woman in marriage, his migration was for that which he migrated.” [Bukhari, Muslim] The Prophet (saw) also narrated: “Indeed Allah has forbidden for Hell the person who testifies ‘La ilaha illa Allah’ seeking Indeed thereby nothing but Allah’s Face (pleasure).” [Bukhari, Muslim] The condition in the Hadith above is that one is seeking Allah’s pleasure when doing deeds. Before any religious deed is accepted, it must fulfil 2 criteria: ore 1. Must be purely for Allah’s sake, i.e. have the correct intention. 2. Must be in accordance with Qur’an and Sunnah.

“Sincerity is the musk of our hearts.”
Ibn Al Qayyim (rahimahullah) Before we proceed, let’s make our intentions purely for Allah’s sake so we obtain maximum benefit and reward inshaAllah.

On Seeking Knowledge…
Abdullah ibn Mubarak used to say: “The beginning of knowledge is the intention, then listening, “The then understanding, then action, then preservation, and then spreading it.” Knowledge has 3 rights over you: 1. To learn it 2. To act upon it 3. To teach it to others Some of the blessings of Knowledge nowledge • Seeking knowledge is so important that it is the only thing the Prophet Muhammad owledge (saw) was commanded to ask for more of not wealth or status. of,

“And say: My lord! Increase me in knowledge [Surah Ta-Ha: 114] ncrease knowledge.” • Knowledge is a sign of Allah’s love for a person.

Prophet Muhammad (saw) said:

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2|Page “If Allah wants good for someone, Allah will give that person an understanding of the religion.” [Bukhari] Abu Huraryah reported that the messenger of Allah (saw) said: “Allah makes the way to jannah easy for him who treads the path in search of knowledge.” [Muslim] • Knowledge is so blessed that the benefits remain after ones death

''When the son of Adam dies, his good deeds come to an end except three: Sadaqah Jaariyah (continuing charity), knowledge which can benefit others or virtuous ariyah others, offspring who will pray for him. [Muslim] him.”

The blessings and benefits mentioned above refer to those who seek Islamic knowledge, as Islamic opposed to secular knowledge, which is also praiseworthy but doesn’t come under the same category of reward as seeking Islamic knowledge.

Introduction to Aqeedah

Definition of Aqeedah:
• • • Linguistically: Derived from the term 'aqadah' - a verb which means "to hold fast to" or erived "to establish". Also described as “that which binds you down.” According to our scholars, Aqeedah is the firm creed and beliefs that one's heart is fixed upon without any wavering or doubt. It is the cornerstone of our faith, and the basis for all other good deeds to sprout from. f

Definition of Tawheed

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- Tawheed is the verbal noun of this,

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Linguistically, derived from the root verb -

which refers to the act of ascribing unity to something. Islamic, (Shar’ee) definition: The uniqueness of Allah with regards to: r’ee) 1. His Lordship – Tawheed Ar Ar-Ruboobiyyah 2. His right to be worshipped – Tawheed Al-Uloohiyyah 3. His names and attributes – Tawheed Al-Asmaa’ wa Sifaat

The division of Tawheed into its categories was not done by the Prophet (saw) or by his done companions, as there was no need to do this at the time of the prophet – this was such a basic principle of faith. However, these categories can be found in verses of the Qur’an and in ahadith narrated by the Prophet (saw (saw).

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3|Page Due to the vast spread of Islam and thus greater absorption of Islam by various cultures, it was necessary that the essence of Islam (belief in Allah) remained uncorrupted.

It is reported on the authority of Ibn `Abbas (ra) that Allah's Messenger said when he sent Messenger Mu‘adh (ra) to Yemen: "You are going to a people who are from the People of the Book: So the first thing to which you call them should be the testimony that no one has the right to be worshipped except Allah. If no-one they acknowledge Allah, then inform them that Allah has obligated upon them five prayers during their days and nights." [ [Bukhari, Muslim] This Hadith stresses the importance of Tawheed, and highlights that we must begin with Tawheed before all else, even Salah.

The first verses of the Qur'an in Surat Al he Al-Fatiha, the oft-repeated verses, encompasses the repeated three concepts of Tawheed above. “All the praises and thanks be to Allah, the Lord of the World . The Most Beneficent, the Most All Worlds. Merciful. The Only Owner (and the Only Ruling Judge) of the Day of Recompense (i.e. the Day of . the Resurrection). You (Alone) we worship, and you (Alone) we ask for help.” [Surat Al-Fatiha: 2-5]

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Discussion Point
Because it is His right

Why do we worship Allah?

He created us, made us Muslim, and made us among Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaa’ah It was narrated that Mu‘adh ibn Jabal said: I was riding behind the Prophet (saw) on a donkey and he said to me “O Mu‘adh, do you know what is the right of Allah on His O slaves and what is the right of the s slaves upon Allah?” I responded: “Allah and His Messenger know best.” He continued, “The right of Allah upon His slaves is to worship Him Alone and never to associate anything with Him The right of slaves upon Him is Him. not to punish any person who does not asso associate anything with Him.” I said: “O Allah’s ” messenger, may I not give the glad tidings to the people?” He replied “No. Do not inform them lest they rely on (this promise and lapse in their service to Him). [Bukhari, .” Muslim] This Hadith also ill lustrates wisdom in imparting knowledge i.e. narrating to those who would underst tand and not misinterpret or abuse certain na arrations. It is the sustenance to ou soul ur Allah is not in need of our worship; rather, we are the ones in need o Allah. of It is the purpose of our c creation “And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me h) (Alone).” [Surat Adh-D Dhariyat:56] Most explicit verse in t Qur’an regarding purpose of creation. the Ibaadah (worship) is the way to freedom and dignity e The one who is a slave to money or to another human being become disgraced. es The one who is a slave to Allah has the best position. Allah comes to our rescu at times of calamities ue When you feel all your options are closed off – you turn to Allah – an only then do r nd you find peace. “Verily in the remembran of Allah do hearts find rest.” [Surat Ar-Ra Verily remembrance a’d:28] Many people have ente ered prison, (of which the main aim is isolatio from others and on society in general) and have come out as Muslim, or have come out of prison as d huffadh e.g. Ibn Taymi iyyah (rahimahullah). When you are in worsh the entire world is yours. hip, Because we are longing f jannah & seeking refuge from hellfire, and longing to for see the face of Allah. We do not enter janna with our deeds, but we enter due to the rah ah hma (mercy) of Allah.

And many more…

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