Intentions are the key to happiness. The intention is our determination to achieve something. In life, we need a purpose—something we want or target. People who run slow but have goals in life are far better than those who run fast but have no goals. There need to be prepared to achieve goals. God willing, the plan will be made with proper preparation for good intentions. We will feel happy if our desires are fulfilled. So, happiness will not exist if people do not have goals.
Intentions need to be managed and guarded well for good purposes. Like an architect in making a building, we need to imagine the results of the plan. However, good intentions will not always work well because the devil robbed it in the middle of the journey.
An example is shodaqoh sirri, the charity which is performed without the knowledge of others—performed secretly so that Allah SWT accepts this charity because of sincerity. This intention needs to be adequately guarded to be approved by Allah SWT. But the devil is never silent to deflect this intention. Devil can distort this intention by tempting us to bring our best to others. Good intentions are no longer good deeds. We are no longer sincere people. We must guard and always be aware so that the devil does not cancel the goodness.
During Ramadan, I advise myself not to show off or bring up goodness. It is pretty challenging in an open age with various facilities to show off that are available on social media. We must guard ourselves against the temptations of cursed demons!