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Deeds are Judged by Their Intentions

I donated some money at work to a worthy cause, but only because I was afraid of embarrassing myself in front of my supervisor. If the matter were in my hands, I would not have given even half a penny. Will I be rewarded for this donation just as if I had given it with a pleased heart? Please support your answer with a proof.

If the matter is as you described it, you will not be rewarded because you did not intend Allaahs pleasure by giving that donation; rather, you gave it for your supervisor because you were afraid of him. The Messenger of Allaah said in an authentic Hadith, Deeds are by their intentions; indeed, every person will get what he intended. [1]

[1] Al-Bukhari no. 1 and Muslim no. 1907.

Permanent Committee for Research and Verdicts
Fatawa Islamiyah Vol. 8 Page 104
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