By: Shaibu Asali
Having great intentions was the way through which the Sahaba (may Allah be pleased with them), the sincere worshipers of Allah () and the scholars sought reward from Allah () They used to have multiple intentions for one action in order to acquire a great reward for every action. Ibn Katheer (may Allah have mercy on him) said,
In a country that frowns upon foster care, 33,000 children from abusive homes are growing up in state institutions.
The Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “When I say ‘Subhan Allah, wa’l-hamdu Lillah, wa la ilah ill-Allah, wa Allahu akbar (Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god except Allah, and Allah is Most Great)’, this is more beloved to me than all that the sun rises upon.” [Muslim]
Shaykh Saleh al-Maghamsi mentions some points regarding the words: “subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. ” He (may Allah preserve him) says:
– If you say these words they bring you closer to Allah.
– They are the most beloved of words to Allah.
– Nothing will harm you if you start saying these words.
– Increasing in the remembrance of Allah is from the praised types of worship.
In the Quran Allah says in surah al Kahf verse forty six
الْمَالُ وَالْبَنُونَ زِينَةُ الْحَيَاةِ الدُّنْيَا ۖ وَالْبَاقِيَاتُ الصَّالِحَاتُ خَيْرٌ عِندَ رَبِّكَ ثَوَابًا وَخَيْرٌ أَمَلًا
“Wealth and children are [but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better to your Lord for reward and better for [one’s] hope.”
What are the deeds that remain and are enduring? In the commentary of ‘al baqiyaat al salihaat (the deeds which remain)’ it says that this is the speech ” subhanAllah, wal-hamdulillah, wa la ilah ill Allah, wa Allahu akbar. “.
Hadith: Narrated ‘Ubada: The Prophet said, “If anyone testifies that None has the right to be worshipped but Allah Alone Who has no partners, and that Muhammad is His Slave and His Apostle, and that Jesus is Allah’s Slave and His Apostle and His Word which He bestowed on Mary and a Spirit created by Him, and that Paradise is true, and Hell is true, Allah will admit him into Paradise with the deeds which he had done even if those deeds were few.” (Junada, the sub-narrator said, ” ‘Ubada added, ‘Such a person can enter Paradise through any of its eight gates he likes.”)
[Bukhari Vol 4 Book 55, Hadith 644]