Fresh Lines
  May 5, 2018

Intention is an alchemic prescription that can
turn base dirt into noble gold.

The hadith says "Allactions depends upon intentions."

It is sometimes interpreted to mean that good
intentions justify bad deeds too and turn sins

This is entirely wrong. Sin is always a
sin no matter how noble the intention may be. For
instance if someone breaks into a house to steal
with the intention of giving away as alms whatever
he would steal would be a thief deserving the
prescribed punishment.

His good intentions would
not earn hire any merit nor would his sin be
What this hadith means is as follows:
 A good deed earns merit only if done with
right intention. For instance prayer would earn merit
only when one prays only for Divine pleasure: if
one prays to impress others, then, instead of earning
merit, it would earn punishment.