And i'll re-quote it, just for the sake reference.
From the Amir al-Muminin Abu Hafs 'Umar ibn al-Khattab, radiya'llahu 'anhu, that he said, "I heard the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, saying, 'Actions are only by intentions, and every man has only that which he intended. Whoever's emigration is for Allah and His Messenger then his emigration is for Allah and His Messenger. Whoever's emigration is for some worldly gain which he can acquire or a woman he will marry then his emigration is for that for which he emigrated'." The two Imams of the hadith scholars narrated it - Abu Abdullah Muhammad ibn Isma'il ibn Ibrahim ibn al-Mughirah ibn Bardizbah al-Bukhari and Abu'l-Husein Muslim ibn al-Hajjaj ibn Muslim al-Qushayri an-Naysaburi - in their two sahih books which are the most sahih books compiled.
Yeah, i know, most of you would be saying things like.."this is basics bro..this is gonna get boring!!"
But there are a few things i got today that i think would really be valuable if i shared it, so pay attention first before you start bragging on how much you've memorized it.
1. Notice that the narrator of this hadith was no ordinary person. notice how you can't find many hadiths narrated by him. understanding this, we could conclude that this hadith was something very very important for Umar.
2. That this hadith was actually placed as the FIRST hadith in ALL of Imam Nawawi's books. yet again such priority and importance.
So alrite, you get the point. its important. and its talking about being ikhlas in your 'amal.
So that makes it easier for me to go on.
So you would be saying,
"ive never had problems with my niat. i know that when i do things, its for Allah"
So maybe its true.
But just remember, the basis of 'amal is,
To do something,with full effort,by sacrificing your money, your energy, your time,sacrificing all that you thought was personally all yours
and in the end
when its done,to leave it in such perfectness that everyone would be astonished and ask who did it. but then you would have left,silently,asking for nothing back,no words of gratitude,no symbol of appreciation from anyone,to not even think of getting it.
Are we always like that??
My dear friends, with such delicacies of the heart, it is said to be impossible.we will always lose to the pleasure of being praised, we would always be proud when others see, and sometimes we even intend to show.
So now what? How to win?
Well, the thing that i got, was...
"Just renew your niat everytime,every second, at every incedent. because to fight the heart that always shifts, is to have a niat that always reminds"
For You are the Almighty