The Power of Good Intentions
Shaikh ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said: “Imām ʿAbdullāh, the son of the imam of the People of the Sunnah, Aḥmad ibn Ḥanbal, may Allāh have mercy on the both of them, said:
I said one day to my father: Direct me [to something I should do], my dear father. So then he said: ‘My dear little son, intend good because, truly, you will always be upon good so long as you keep intending good.'”
Ibn Al-Jawzī. Manāqib Al-Imām Aḥmad, p. 274.
Translated by Mikail ibn Mahboob Ariff