What is the significance of intention  in Islam (Niyyah) ?

Niyyah in Islam holds great importance for every Muslim believer. This is because the value of a person’s actions is based upon his intention, motive or objective. The phrase ‘Fi Sabillilah’ is mentioned repeatedly in the Holy Quran, which translates as ‘in the way of ALLAH.’ This is used to serve as a warning for Muslims to ensure that whatever they intend to do should be in the way of God and not for the sake of anyone else, including their personal desires. Deviations from the straight path should be avoided at any cost as they do not bring benefit in any shape or form. Any devotional act performed without the sincerest of intentions is worthless in the eyes of Allah SWT. Niyyah is given the significance of a pillar of worship. This is due to the fact that any deed performed without intention or with an ungodly objective behind it shall not be accepted (batil). It is referred to in the Holy Quran that “Any believer who strives in the way of ALLAH, he will be guided by ALLAH on the right path.” The intention is like the prerequisite for the acceptance of deeds by Allah SWT.

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