Carrying out a sunnah action without making the intention

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Q: An act that’s sunnah. When one started it, it was done with the niyyah of sunnah. After years you become accustomed to it, it becomes a habit like dusting the bed or reading certain duaas or eating with the right hand, etc. Will you still get the thawaab of practicing a sunnnah or will the niyyah be have to made every time you do an action? Some aalima said that one won’t get rewarded without the intention.


A: Insha-Allah you will still get the thawaab. When you remember renew the niyyat.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


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Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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