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Clarification on Hadiths regarding good/bad intentions

Question

1) The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “What I fear for you the most is the minor shirk, that is ar-riya. Allah will say on the Day of Judgement when He is rewarding the people for their actions: Go to those for whom you did riya for in the world then see if you find the reward with them.” Related by Musnad Ahmed (5/428, 429)

2) The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Shall I not inform you of what I fear for you more than the Masih ad-Dajjal? It is the hidden shirk. It is when a man stands up for prayer, then beautifies his prayer for another to look at.” Related by Ibn Majah (2604)

My question in relation to the meaning of these Hadith is: does it apply to people who performed worship or did good deeds for the sake of riya and/or does it also apply to people who performed worship and did good deeds for the sake of Allah, but then later on implemented the intentions/thoughts of riya. Please confirm what the Muhadithun say in regards to this. JazakAllah.

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Benefit of the du’a of the Angels

Question

Various Hadiths say that the Angels will make du’a for you (for example if you make du’a for a brother without him knowing or if you sleep the night in wudu). What is the significance of the Angels making d’ua for you?

Are the du’as of the Angels always accepted or do they have a higher chance of being accepted?

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Commentary on the optional salah between Maghrib and ‘Isha

Question

With reference to the virtue of offering additional six rak’ats after Maghrib salah (Awwabin);

I have read this post, in which the answer pertains more to the authenticity and not commentary.

My question is: Is the reward of twelve (12) years of worship here for each time you pray the prayer or is it the collective reward of having prayed it in your life? (ie – every time I pray the six (6) rakats, do I receive the reward of twelve (12) years of worship if it is accepted?)

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What does the ‘seal’ of rewards mean?

Question

My question is about this Hadith found in Mustadrak Hakim:

“…He who performs wudu and recites the following du’a, it will be recorded on a scroll and then sealed with a seal and it will not be broken till the day of Qiyamah:

Subhanakallahumma wa bihamdika la ilaha illa anta astaghfiruka wa atubu ilayh.

My question is, what is the authenticity of this Hadith and more relevantly, what does the latter part of this Hadith mean? What does the “seal” mean and what is the reward of this Hadith specifically as I cannot seem to understand how having an action written on a scroll and sealed up is any more meritorious than ordinary circumstances such as the angels writing the deed on their scrolls. Read More »

Wording of another du’a to be recited before sleeping

Question

1. Can you confirm the reference and reliability of this du’a?

2. I found two variations of the du’a. Which one is valid?

بِاسْمِكَ رَبِّي وَضَعْتُ جَنْبِي، وَبِكَ أَرْفَعُهُ، فَإِنْ أَمْسَكْتَ نَفْسِي فَارْحَمْهَا / [ فَاغْفِرْ لَهَا]، وَإِنْ أَرْسَلْتَهَا فَاحْفَظْهَا، بِمَا تَحْفَظُ بِهِ عِبَادَكَ الصَّالِحِينَ

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