According to another Hadeeth Allah says: “O Children of Adam! Free yourself of all duties to serve Me and I will fill your hearts with independence of others and cause your worries to disappear. Otherwise, I will fill your hearts with continuous pre-occupations and not let your worries leave you.” (Targheeb)
It thus becomes quite clear that all those people who desire only worldly benefits and strive only to attain these useless benefits, have wasted their valuable time and effort.
Sayyidina Ka‟ab (Radiallahu anhu) reports that Rasuluilah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “Give glad tidings to the Ummat and they shall attain glory, devotion to their deen, high rank and conquest of the land.
However, the person who will perform the deeds of the Hereafter for the sake of attaining worldly gain, for him there shall be no share of glory of the Hereafter.”
A certain Sahabi once told Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam): “When I rise to perform some act (of righteousness) I find within myself the intention to please Allah as well as this that my name should be noted.
(Where do I stand)?” Hearing this Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) remained silent until the verse from the Quran was revealed:
“And whosoever desires to meet his Lord, let him work deeds of righteousness and not associate any partner unto Allah in his worship.” (Kahf) (18.110)
From the Hadeeth we are taught: “When anyone performs any deed for show or fame, Allah will, on the Day of Qiyamat, cause him to become famous (in that his bad intention will become known to all) and will cause him to be humiliated and despised.”
The Hadeeth also teaches that Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) said: “The greatest fear that I have on your behalf is for the minor “shirk” (the minor worship of another diety). The Sahabah (Radiallahu anhuma) inquired:
“And what is this minor shirk?”
Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam) replied: “It is to do deeds for show so that it may be seen by others.”
On the Day of Qiyamat Allah will say to such people: “Go and seek your reward from those (to) whom you wanted to show your deeds.” (Targheeb)
We are also taught in numerous Hadeeth that all those deeds, done with the intent of gaining name and fame or where the aim is to acquire wealth or worldly benefit, and where there is no aim to please Allah, are all useless, fruitless and in vain. In fact instead of being a cause of benefit, they cause the doer untold harm.
Shortly before this we have dealt with Jihad and mentioned some Ahaadeeth connected with this subject of niyyat. There we discussed Hadeeth:
“The Jihad wherein the object is to attain name and fame is not acceptable by Allah.”
A certain Sahabi once passed by Rasulullah (Sallallahu Alayhi Wasallam). Noticing the strength of his body and fine figure and posture the Sahabah remarked: “How wonderful it would be if in this state he should go for Jihad, in the path of Allah?”