One of the first things a sincere Muslim must do is to have the correct intention. The intention is so important that Ibn Hajar in his Fath al-Bari Sharh Sahih al-Bukhari, and Imam Al-Nawawi in his Arab’ayeen used the hadith “Actions are judged by their intentions”, as the first hadith. The first thing a student of knowledge learns, is the hadith about intentions.
“Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah), so each man will have what he intended. … More KHUTBAH – خطبة – NIYYAH AND IKHLAS – ONE GOES WITH THE OTHER?