Gateways to Enlightenment — Part II — Appropriate Intentions and Actions

Gateways to Enlightenment — Part II — Appropriate Intentions and Actions
Shaykh Fadhlalla Haeri

Shaykh Fadhlalla begins by summarizing his points about hijra in the previous talk.

We have the responsibility and the will to accept the Truth and be transformed by it.

One of the ways to be transformed is to perform hijra - both physically and spiritually - and leave behind what is not conducive to our progress.

Part of this is developing good intentions and actions. There are many types of intentions, such as good intentions for the welfare of oneself and family.

However, we need to be careful that good intentions are appropriate, and question ourselves as to why we want to do something: it is essential to have the reference point of the original Light.

Our destiny will be according to our intention (niyya). If this is not right there is no barakah (blessing).

Everyone is at different levels; we need to be honest about ourselves and struggle to improve. A good way to improve is to give up what you want to keep. Ask yourself if you have really done what you can. Practice the virtues of forbearance, patience, good will and service.

Your intentions and actions should not be about this world (duniya), but the spiritual life.

Once you have let go of what you want, you will be the guest of Allah.

Shaykh Fadhlalla quotes many Qur'anic verses and Prophetic traditions on the topic, which tell us how to have the right intentions and actions: watchfulness, remembrance, accountability over ourselves and constant striving (jihad).

With His help we will be transformed.

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