Sunday, January 11, 2009

Intentions

With the new year and struggle in the mideast, I've been in deep contemplation, when suddenly the media player set at random played this song. All my questions were answered. Amazing that in between songs of Demons, The Beast, Hell and what nots, this one pops out.

Text in bold are those I find most relevant, at least to me.




Waking up in the morning, gotta make my prayer
Am I really gonna' make it, when there is no one there?
Taking trips to the masjid (mosque), even when it's tough
Am I going for the sake of Allah? Am I showing off?
Gonna' get me the knowledge, gonna study Islam
Am I going just to build my ego? So they call me “the Man”?
Does it matter if the people respect me, when its not for Allah?
When I know anytime He can take me, without one real du'a (prayer)
Does it matter if they say I'm a big shot?
when I get no reward for my deeds
And I'm dragged on the Day of Resurrection
Cause of the folks that I wanted to please
Plus I know that Allah has the power
To raise me up in their eyes if it need be
I should always make my intentions, for my Lord, Allah completely

[Chorus]
Are my Intentions alright?
Am I doing it for Allah?
When I'm looking deep, deep down inside
Do I have the right niyyah (intentions)?

Wearing thoubs with a kufi, kufi
Miswaks leather socks like the old days
Am I trying to follow the Prophet? Or am I seeking praise?
Giving talks on Islam to people
I'd be quoting Hadith and Qur'an
Am I speaking so they like how I'm speaking? And they say I'm “the Bomb”
Donating to Islamic centers, giving money so the Deen can grow
Am I giving for the sake of Allah? Or is it for show?
Many times I have found my intentions
Are not what I want them to be
I know I start on the right direction
But Shaitan starts talking to me
And I forget that without my niyyah, I'm just wasting my time
My intentions cannot bring the reward, when they're out of line
So I pray to Allah to help me, to do everything for Him only
Doesn't matter if the people despise me
Cause with Allah I can never be lonely

Yah Allah, accept this niyyah
Coming from young Muslims striving to be believers
So on the day, our deeds You'll measure. Know we only did this strictly for Your pleasure, Your pleasure
Your mercy, Your ajur (reward), Your Jannah (heaven), forever and ever and ever
And reward us for those who listen
Heeded to the message, changing their condition
And know that everything up until this point I've ever written
I submit as my repentance
And if its blessings You're sending my way
I beg You hold them to the judgement day
so maybe in Jannah you can look back and say...
It was a lovely day, a lovely, a lovely day, yes a lovely day


[Chorus]
Are my Intentions alright?
Am I doing it for Allah?
When I'm looking deep, deep down inside
Do I have the right niyyah?


2 Comments:

Anonymous Sop said...

here's an emotionally-stirring song that's relevant - to this post and the previous one on palestine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlfhoU66s4Y

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