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When He notices nothing in his heart besides His Awe and Jalaal, Allah Almighty says 'O My slave! You are truthful and genuine in your words of Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest) as you uttered through your tongue because there is no other thing in your heart except the Magnificence and Jalaal of Mine'. However, when the slave inclines and thinks towards the Outsiders and things other than Allah while saying Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest), Allah Almighty browbeats (and admonishes) him on his said say and He orders him to shun away as he is totally untruthful and hypocrite in his say of Allahu Akbar (Allah is the Greatest). At this time, the Devils return towards his heart from all directions where they had fled and attack again and gather there all again same as houseflies fall on an impure thing. At that occasion, Devils eat his heart tearing bit by bit and engulf it'. Hence, there are different Maratib and Degrees of offering Assalaat (Prayers) and for Acceptance, Compliance and Approval of Assalaat, the Intention, Absolute sincerity (and single-mindedness) and Hazoori of Heart has vital role because the outcome of every action depends upon one's intention.
Let us tell you the condition of a Namaazi (the person, who offers Assalaat). A person reported that 'I saw a Pathan of Kharasaan in bazaar. He had come to purchase cloth. I saw there were currency notes of 1,000 denominations in his purse. These people, usually, sleep in Masjids at night. I chased him like his reflection. At night, he entered a Masjid. I also managed to stay near him with intention to pick his pocket. The Pathan slept on the same flank where his pocket and his purse were. It was quite difficult to thieve his purse in such condition. I thought, for how long he would sleep in same style. It were long nights of winter. Some other travelers were also sleeping in this Masjid. In order to avoid the attacks of sleep and to ensure my credibility in the hearts of people there, I started offering Nawafil Assalaat at a place very near that Pathan and offered many Rakat Assalaat one after another so that when the Pathan will change his side at night, I will start that for which I had been there and will thieve the purse along with many thousands Rupees.
However, as Allah willed, that sturdy Pathan slept there on same side all along the night and I offered many hundred Rakat Nawafil Assalaat for his purse but remained unsuccessful in picking his pocket'.
Now if a person, who can see the outward only, observed that Namaazi (the person, who offers Assalaat), he would surely have concluded that he was a big devout and ascetic (worshipper), rather, the Bayazid Rahmatu-Allahe Ta-aala Alaihe of his time who had spent all night in worship. However, what value and worth would be of such Rakat and Assalaat near Allah Almighty that have been offered just for the sake of a purse!
In short, the beauty or ugliness and the rejection or acceptance of every action depends upon the cordial Intention of the doer. It is famous about a Khawaja shop keeper that whenever it happened that he had forgotten a buyer or the amount due from that buyer, in order to remember him again, he used to offer Two Rakat Nawafil Assalaat (Prayers). Since, Satan, as a Waswasa, reminds a person the forgotten things of the world, therefore, the forgotten buyer or the amount came to his mind instantaneously. Hence, the Return of Assalaat of this kind will be Allah's violence and punishment in the Next World. Thus, the lifeblood and spirit of every worship and action is the cordial intention and intent of the worshipper and the doer and by virtue of this intention, his action and worship becomes living and radiant and meets the Degree of Acceptance in the Sanctuary (Court) of Allah Almighty. If some action, obedience and worship are done purely for the sake of Allah's gladness and accreditation, then the worldly hopes and the degrees of Hereafter automatically come to the share of the doer automatically. However, Faith cannot be achieved when you do something with intention for a worldly intent.
Once a person came in a Masjid for Eitikaaf. Income of that Masjid was good and since, the previous Imaam of that Masjid had died and this person was a learned scholar, therefore, he started staying at that Masjid with this thought that might be he is made Imaam of that Masjid. Moreover, he started keeping Fast in day and stood vigil the whole night in worship and Nawafil with this intention in his heart that by this practice he will be able to win the appreciation and admiration and confidence of the trustee (or custodian) of that Masjid and the other person who came to offer Assalaat there and in this way they might chose him the next Imaam for the Masjid.
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