قَالَ النَّبِيُّ ﷺ اِنَّمَا الْأَعْمَلُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ وَاِنَّمَا لِأَمْرِئٍ مَا نَوٰى فَوَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهٗ اِلَى اللهِ وَرَسُوْلِهٖ فَهِجْرَتُهٗ اِلَى اللهِ وَرَسُوْلِهٖ، وَمَنْ كَانَتْ هِجْرَتُهٗ اِلٰى دُنْيَا يُصِيْبُهَا أَوِامْرَأَةٍ يَتَزَوَّجُهَا فَهِجْرَتُهٗ اِلٰى مَا هَاجَرَ اِلَيْهِ (رواه البخاري ومسلم)
Rasoolullah ﷺ said: “Verily, actions are with intentions, and certainly for a person is what he intends. Thus, he whose migration (hijrah) is towards Allah ﷻ and His Messenger ﷺ, then his migration is to Allah ﷻ and His Messenger ﷺ . And he whose migration is to gain something from this world, or to marry a woman, thus his migration will be towards what he migrated to” (Bukhari and Muslim).
This hadith above speaks to the huge importance of why we do things. If we’re reading salaah with the intention of showing off to others, that is our only reward. But if we fix our intention towards pleasing Allah ta’ala that is the best thing we can do for our souls as we’ll inshaa Allah reap the benefits in this world and the Next.
We need to be mindful of what we’re doing and why. This includes actions we do on a daily basis, as we can easily let our intentions become stagnant and lose sight of the bigger picture.