Archive for October, 2008


As-salamu ‘alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakatuh,


الأعمالُ بالنيات


“Verily actions are based on intentions…” [1]

In reference to this hadeeth Imaam Shafi’ee (rahimahullaah) said: “This hadeeth constitutes to a third of all knowledge.”

Imaam Ahmad (rahimahullaah) said: The basis of Islaam is upon three ahadeeth:

-Umar’s hadeeth: ‘Verily actions are based on intentions…” [2]

Ibn Nuqtah (rahimahullah) said: “So this hadeeth is one of the ahadeeth which are the pillars of correct understanding of our upright and true religion” [3]

Khaalid Ibn Khadaash narrated to us…that Ayyoub cried one time, so we looked at him and he said:

“It’s just a cold that I get from time to time.”

He cried another time until it became clear he was crying, he said:

“If a man reaches an old age, he becomes sick.” [4]


To what extent do we go to ensure that our intentions are always pure?


[1] Narrated by Bukhaari and Muslim

[2] Jaami’ Uloom Wal-Hikkam by Ibn Rajab Al-Hanbali

[3] At-Taqyeed by Ibn Nuqtah

[4] Al-Ikhlaas Wan-Niyyah by Ibn Abi Dunyaa