The Importance of Good Intention (Niyya)

In the Name of ALLAH, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful

Abdullah ibn al-Mubarak said,
“How often a paltry act becomes great by its intention, and how often a great act becomes paltry by its intention.”

Imam Ghazzali has rightly observed in his Ihya'-al-'ulum
that there is no lawful action in human life which, if done with the right intent, cannot be changed into an act of merit.