Ahmad on Intention: You will always be good as long as you intend good

Ibn Muflih reported: Abdullah, the son of Imam Ahmad, said to his father one day, “O father, give me instruction.” Ahmad said, “O my son, have a good intention. You will always be good as long as you intend good.”

Source: al-Ādāb al-Shar’īyah 1/104

عن ابن مفلح قَالَ عَبْدُ اللَّهِ بْنُ الْإِمَامِ أَحْمَدَ لِأَبِيهِ يَوْمًا أَوْصِنِي يَا أَبَتِ فَقَالَ يَا بُنَيَّ انْوِ الْخَيْرَ فَإِنَّكَ لَا تَزَالُ بِخَيْرٍ مَا نَوَيْتَ الْخَيْرَ

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