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Ramadan Excerpts 1444 H (Lesson 7): The Good Will
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In the Name of Allah, The Most Gracious, Most Merciful  
 
If we see a scene recorded by a camera of someone who finds a large amount of money while walking in a street and he picks it up and puts it in his pocket without noticing the camera, we will have no idea about what will happen next. If he intends to look for the owner of this money, he will ask the shopkeepers around the place where he finds the money and will save the money in his house until he finds him. If he does these things, he will be elevated in Allah's Sight. However, if this person intends to take the money for himself without telling anyone about it, he will be considered a sinner. 

Since the camera only records the scene when the man finds the wallet, picks it up and puts it in his pocket, no one knows what the man will do with the money; whether he will look for its owner or he will take it for himself considering it his. In other words, no one knows his niyyah (motive) by which exclusively his action is judged as mentioned in the following Hadith: 

((It wasnarrated on the authority of Amirul Mu'minin, Abu Hafs 'Umar bin al-Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: "Actions are (judged) by motives (niyyah)..." ))

[ [Agreed upon, on the authority of Umar bin al-Khattab]  ]

Man's deeds are only judged by his motives. 

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