It Is All About Intention

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

Samina Saeed

مَّثَلُ الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُمْ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ كَمَثَلِ حَبَّةٍ أَنبَتَتْ سَبْعَ سَنَابِلَ فِي كُلِّ سُنبُلَةٍ مِّائَةُ حَبَّةٍ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ يُضَاعِفُ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۗ وَاللَّـهُ وَاسِعٌ عَلِيمٌ

“The likeness of those who spend for Allah’s sake is as the likeness of a grain of corn, it grows seven ears every single ear has a hundred grains, and Allah multiplies (increases the reward of) for whom He wills, and Allah is sufficient for His creatures’ needs,All-Knower).”

[Al-Qur’an- Surat Al- Baqarah(The Cow): 261]


Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) the Most Merciful, the Most Gracious, who loves His creation much more than a mother can ever love her child, and we have been reminded of this so many times in Surah Al-Baqarah. I have been pondering on the ayah mentioned above and I can relate this to a recent incident.

A humble person we know was collecting gently used and new jackets for poor children to send back home. I made an intention that I would send new jackets as I was thinking of my own children. I wanted to buy good quality jackets with water proof outerlayer and hoodies that won’t come out. I was on a budget that would only allow me to buy 4 jackets. Anyways, I started going store to store but either the jackets were too expensive or they were of a bad quality. Now the deadline was a day away for me to buy jackets, and deliver them to that person’s house as they were going to ship them off.

I was frustrated at myself thinking that I should have bought 3 jackets instead of 4. Anyhow, I went to the last store on my list and Sub’haan Allah I found good quality jackets on dirt cheap sale and I bought 9 jackets, Alhamdulillah!

I can’t explain my feelings. I just wanted to go in Sujood at that very moment and Thank Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) for putting in so much barakah in my limited budget. Finally, I paid for them and got into my car, and my tears started pouring out and I prayed to Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) instantly,  to accept my little effort of charity.

Pure intention of a person with clean heart goes a long way, and as Allah (سبحانه وتعالى) says:

الَّذِينَ يُنفِقُونَ أَمْوَالَهُم بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ سِرًّا وَعَلَانِيَةً فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ

“Those who (in charity) spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public have their reward with their Rabb (only God and Sustainer).  On them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.” [Al-Qur’an- Surat Al-Baqarah(The Cow): 274]


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