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How Can I Uphold Sincere Intentions?



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Jun 23, 2017


I struggle to have motivation when doing things for the sake of Allah alone. How do I motivate myself to have better intentions?




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Shaykh Faraz Rabbani from SeekersHub addresses this question in the video below:


So, what if one is struggling to have high intentions. They say one of the most facilitative means is to be with sincere people, be with true people.

Allah (SWT) tells us {quoting Quran in Arabic} Oh you who believe, have taqwa of Allah, be conscious of Allah. And be with those who are true.

And they say, {quoting Quran in Arabic} that by Allah, no one succeeded of those who succeeded except by the company of those who succeeded.

So, they mentioned that, you know, a dog who kept good company ended up getting mentioned in the Quran, the dog of the people of the cave.

They were good youth; the dog has happened to be with them. But the dog gets mentioned in the Quran. So, this is part of it, is that if you keep the company of those who are sincere, those who have high intentions who are motivated, you’ll find yourself directed towards that kind of motivation yourself. 

It facilitates. So, that’s one thing, is company.

The second is an important and often neglected sunnah which is to consult, right, to consult. And sometimes consulting is heavy on the nafs. So, you’ve got a new project etc. So, sometimes it’s kind of obvious what should my intention be in this, you know.

It should be for the sake of Allah. But you have ulterior motives. You have many things that cross your mind etc. But one of the things that is an important prophetic teaching. And it’s from the way, it’s an important sunnah.

And it’s from the way of the righteous. And of the people of success is that they consult.

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