Tuesday

Niyyah

Learning Objective
To explore the meaning of niyyah, intention

Learning Outcomes
- To understand that every action must be accompanied by the correct niyyah, ‘qurbatan ilallah’ for the sake of getting closer to Allah
- To know the correct pronunciation of ‘qurbatan ilallah’
- To understand how the value and acceptance of all our actions depends on having the correct niyyah
- To know ways in which niyyah can become invalidated

Qur'an Verse 
Lillah, For Allah 6:162

Niyyah is an intention. It tells us what we are doing and why we are doing it. Niyya is so powerful that the value and reward of our actions will depend on having the correct niyyah which should always be ‘qurbatanillalah’, to be close to Allah. When we start our salaa the first wajib action is to make our niyyah. We have to be very careful that our niyyah does not change from beginning of salaa until the end as this could break our salaa.

Activity: Lillah Song
Song to the tune of Freres Jacques
‘Lillah lillah, do it for Allah, do everything, only for Allah’


It was just after midnight and the man was alone in the masjid. He had just begun his Salatul Layl when he heard a noise behind him. Immediately, he started praying slowly. He recited lengthy duas in a beautiful voice. After he finished he turned around to see a dog who had come in to take shelter from the rain outside. The man realised that he had prayed only for a dog and not for Allah.

Activity: Scenario Questions
Present the following statements and ask whether the niyyah is ‘qurbatan ilalah’. Have the children move to one side for yes and the other for no. Have them explain their decision.
I better pray quickly, football match about to start.
I must be extra careful with my salaa at madressa today because the teacher is going to check us.
I am all alone, only Allah is watching me.
 I recite Quran everyday otherwise I won’t get my pocket money.
I love reciting dua at mosque because everyone tells me how well I did and it makes me happy.
Its fajr I wake up to pray because it will make Allah happy

Use the balloon analogy to review the effect of having the incorrect niyyah on the value of the action.

Extension
Allah has said in the Qur'an 6:162 that everything we do should be for Him. Think of a few daily activities and write down a niyyah that will make that action for Allah. E.g I brush my teeth because Allah loves cleanliness.