Intentions to do good evil.
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If a person have strong datermination of doing some thing good like ailing the poors but due to financial weakness incapable of doing so, would he get the reward likewise of doing it in real ? what if a person is datermined to commit a sin but couldnt do it due to barrications , would he be sinful for it , what our Islam says about it ???
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Intentions to do good evil
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Sahih Muslim Hadith 235 Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
The Messenger of Allah (saws) said that Allah Subhanah Says: When it occurs to My bondsman that he should do a good deed but he actually does not do it, I record one good deed for him, but if he puts it into practice, I make an entry of ten good acts in his favour. When it occurs to him to do evil, but he does not commit it, I forgive that. But if he commits it, I record one evil deed against his name. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said the Angels said: That bondsman of yours intends to commit evil, though His Lord is more Vigilant than he! Upon this He (the Lord) said: Watch him; if he commits (evil), write it against his name, but if he refrains from doing it, write one good deed for him, for he desisted from doing it for My sake. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: He who amongst you is of good faith, all his good acts are multiplied from ten to seven hundred times (and are recorded in his name) and all the evils that he commits are recorded as such (i.e. without increase) until he meets Allah.
In the merciful system of rewards prescribed by the Lord Most Merciful, if one amongst Allahs slaves merely intends to do a good deed, Allah Subhanah records and rewards the slave for one good deed; and if the slave actually fulfills that intentions and does the good deed, the Lord in His Supreme and Infinite Mercy, records ten good deeds in the slaves favor!
If the slave intends to do an evil deed, Allah Subhanah does not record the evil intention until the slave actually strives to put his evil intention into practice. But if the slave of Allah intends to do an evil deed, but abstains from it only for the fear of Allah, the Lord Most Merciful records that as a good deed in his book of records!
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