"Bismil Laa-hir.Rahmaa-nir-Raheem""Al-Hamdu Lillaahi Rabbil 'Aalameen was Salaatu was- Salaamu 'Alaa Sayidinaa Muhammadin wa Aalihi wa Asabihi Ajma 'een (tauheed- risalat- ahkirat and islam-iman-ihsan) INTENTION/IRADAH AND ACTION/AMAAL The purification of the heart is so important that Allah has placed it before the Dhikr and Salah, as He saysIndeed, only he who is purified (from the afflictions of his ill-commanding self and pollution of sins) will triumph, And the one who remembers the Name of his Lord and offers Prayers (regularly and abundantly).87/14-15. Allah will not hold you accountable for your vain oaths, but will take you to task for the oaths taken with serious intention in your hearts. And Allah is Most Forgiving, Most Forbearing.2/225 "Verily actions are by intentions, and for every person is what he intended………”(hadith) Verily Allah does not look to your faces and your wealth but He looks to your heart and your deeds. (Muslim) How to gain Qurbiat/Nearness of Allah Ta'ala ? You need 4 things 1.knowledge 2.love 3.akhlaaq 4.nawafil (other than fariaz) Intention should be to surrender totally to divine will and to gain allah's pleasure/raza(with affirmation from heart). Intention is the essence and the purpose of will, and will is the first power. Will, the act and the power, is solely from The Divine. Intention is that which attracts Barakah. righteuos heart find easy to summon good intentions most of the time. Guidance is only from allah alone not from your efforts. just ignore waswasa/bad thoughts when they arise at the first instance itself. Dont disclose it to others keep secret your ibadah .dont show off. Allah wishes from you only your intentions and desires (iradah). The intention is located in the heart. actions are the reflection of the heart. Remember death and your questioning on the day of judgement before any iradah and action. Spiritual purification of the self is the essence of Islamic teachings. Surrender to a good sufi shaik. Purification of self is done with obligatory prayers, darood o salaam, repentance, glorification of allah’s names, reading quran, daily wird/zikr , sacrifice of wealth and talent, suppression of carnal desires, fighting for defence of religion and evil forces, assisting the oppressed against the oppressor etc. Correct understanding of religion is by knowledge and righteous actions. Inner peace and purity is paralleled by peace with allah. True health (spiritual health) is totally dependant upon the heart's being free and clear of anything 'other' than Allah, Purity, Absolute Truth. Surrender brings peace of mind. Peace of mind allows the heart to open. If some spiritual condition occurs in your heart or some amazing knowledge enters the heart, don’t get excited our aim is to gain allah’s raza/pleasure (ignore the fantacies) have trust in Allah and present your needs to Him only. The action is not acceptable except by three: taqwa of Allah, and good intention, and correctness (i.e. conformity to the Sunnah). Action is only accepted when it is both sincere and correct. it is sincere when it is for the sake of Allah, and correct when it is done according to the Sunnah. (Muslim's whole life should be an act of worship (combine both shariat and tariqat for best ibadah) TREATMENT Check whether the deed is for allah's pleasure/raza or show off/riya to mankind. Easiest way is to say bismillah when you start any work/action. By this way actions turn into acts of worship( with which you can draw closer to Allah). Practice sunnah and learn duas . Reading quran cleanses your heart. Actions must be filled with love to gain allah's raza and his qurb (nearness). Do all your day to day work/actions perfectly meaning achieve the state of perfection (ihsan). Live the kalima/shahada way(always think allah is watching me). When I want to talk to allah I say prayers and when I want that he talk to me I recite quran- Hazrath Ali(ra) Make sure you forward this to others .