We are currently meditating upon the spiritual purpose of fasting, where we can weaken our attachment to this world through gaining greater control over our stomach (and our appetite for this world) and our private parts (and the lustful thoughts that can pollute our heart).
We discussed that this can only be achieved through our niyat, as this is the source of all of our actions. The Holy month of Ramadan is the perfect opportunity to purify our niyat, as our stomach and our private parts are controlled through our fasting, and our hearts are full of love for Allah (SWT) and his (SWT) and his (SWT) chosen people’s wisdom.
In this final meditation in this series, before we begin our next Quran Surah on yaummul Jummua’a, we will discuss the deeper reason for purifying our niyat.
Amirul Mumineen (AS) said:
As we have seen from our meditations from Surah al-Alaq and through many other meditations, the purpose of our existence is to get closer to Allah (SWT).
Amirul Mumineen (AS) gives us the way that we can do this, through the sincerity of our intention.
The word sincerity is very important as it contains within it many meanings.
The first is that our intention has to be pure. Our intention must be to get closer to Allah (SWT) and the Holy month of Ramadan is our opportunity to purify our intention.
The second is that we must be sincere to our sincere intention. If our niyat is pure but our application of that intention is weak, then our actions and results will be spoiled. We have all experienced a time when we have set a strong intention, for example, to complete a recitation of the Quran majid, which is a good intention.
However, within a few days, we have fallen behind schedule and we cannot fulfil that niyat. Although out niyat was sincere, we were not sincere to our niyat.
Amirul Mumineen (AS) also warned us against this:
Why does the intention get corrupted? The answer is because of the one who wants to corrupt our intention, the Shaitan (LA). When you begin to recite the Quran Majid, you do so with a pure intention, however, when you fall behind schedule, the Shaitan (LA) tries to convince you to be insincere to your sincere intention (this is also the reason why when we complete a Quran Majid by praying Surah an-Nas, we immediately pray Surah al-Fateha so that we begin the next recitation and do not give the Shaitan (LA) an opportunity to stop this.
The only way to stop our intention from being corrupted is by having strong faith. Amirul Mumineen (AS) also said:
During the Holy month of Ramadan, whilst the Shaitan (LA) and his (LA) helpers that corrupt our niyat and whilst our faith is the strongest because of this and our increased good deeds and prayer, there is no better time for self-analysis, to examine the sincerity of our intention and our sincerity towards the sincerity of our intention.
The reward of doing so is great and also the punishment for not doing so is severe. Rasulullah (SAW) said:
May Allah (SWT) give us all the wisdom and understanding to use the Holy month of Ramadan to purify our intentions. May we make our niyats sincere and may we become sincerer to them, especially as our heightened faith and the lack of the Shaitan’s (LA) influence in this Holy month will allow us to be sincerer to our niyat. May Allah (SWT) place a good garment on us, as a result of the intention in our heart being in accordance with that intention. Amin