Intention - a requirement for actions
For the boxes in blue these thoughts would have no sins or rewards attached to them.
Mum: Did you know that you can turn your entire life into an act of worship by seeking Allah’s pleasure in everything that you do from waking up until going back to bed again?
Mum: In fact you can seek reward for sleeping too.
Son: Really mum? How can we do that?
Mum: Let me tell you about one Sahabi by the name of Mu’adh (RA), He said: I sleep and I get up (to pray at night), and I seek reward for my sleep as I seek reward for my getting up. [Bukhari,4088].
So he sought reward for his sleep just as he sought reward for his getting up to pray at night, because he intended by sleeping to gain strength to do acts of worship. If we can relate everything we do as a habit back to pleasing Allah then even acts that doesn't normally bring rewards can bring about rewards too!. For example when you wake up and go to brush your teeth, you don’t get any reward for that but if you intend that you’re brushing your teeth because Allah likes cleanliness so you want be clean to please Him,then you’ll be rewarded for your intention and your action. This also applies to everything you do.
Son: Wow SubhanAllah that really awesome, that means I can collect so many rewards for the things that I always do if I have the intention for doing it to please Allah!
Mum: Yes! that absolutely correct.
Even when you put your shoes on you do it with right foot first right my son?
Son: Yes Mum I do.
Mum: Then set the intention that your following the sunnah so you’ll be rewarded for that too because Allah asked us to follow our Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ).
Son: I'm so glad your telling me this Mum. JazakAllahu khair, Now I don’t want to miss out on all the rewards I could get everyday!