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Correcting one’s intention

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Q: A person does an act of Sadaqah-E-Jariah with a corrupted intention. Maybe contributing to a Masjid, distributing a Deeni kitaab etc. Perhaps the intention was one of pride and show.

  1. Does the magnitude of the person’s sin and disobedience in the sight of Allah Ta’ala continue to multiply and grow as people use/take  benefit from the action he has done? Then, the same person later on realizes his error of having a corrupted intention and accordingly makes taubah.
  2. If his taubah is accepted by Allah Ta’ala, could he now start receiving reward for his initial action?



  1. He needs to correct his intention. The sin will be wiped away.
  2. Insha-Allah.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, 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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