Umar on Niyyah: Best action to have sincere intention for Allah

Ibn Rajab reported: Umar ibn al-Khattab, may Allah be pleased with him, said, “The best deeds are to fulfill the obligations of Allah, to be cautious of the prohibitions of Allah, and to have an honest intention before Allah Almighty.”

Source: Jāmi’ al-‘Ulūm wal-Ḥikam 38

عن ابن رجب قَالَ عُمَرُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ رَضِيَ اللَّهُ عَنْهُ أَفْضَلُ الْأَعْمَالِ أَدَاءُ مَا افْتَرَضَ اللَّهُ وَالْوَرَعُ عَمَّا حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ وَصِدْقُ النِّيَّةِ فِيمَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ

38 جامع العلوم والحكم الحديث الثامن والثلاثون