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Good intention counts

Abdullah bin `Abbas (May God be pleased with them) reported:

Messenger of God (PBUH) said that God said:

"Verily, God has ordered that the good and the bad deeds be written down. Then He explained it clearly how (to write): He who intends to do a good deed but he does not do it, then God records it for him as a full good deed, but if he carries out his intention, then God the Exalted, writes it down for him as from ten to seven hundred folds, and even more. But if he intends to do an evil act and has not done it, then God writes it down with Him as a full good deed, but if he intends it and has done it, God writes it down as one bad deed". [Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Commentary: What the Prophet (PBUH) relates to God is called Hadith Qudsi (Sacred Tradition). Such Hadith is revealed to the Prophet (PBUH) by means of Ilham (inspiration). This Hadith mentions the magnitude of Divine blessings which He bestows upon His faithful slaves on the Day of Resurrection.


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