From Ameer-ul-Mu’mineen Abu Hafs Umar bin Al-Khattab, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allaah -sallAllaahu alayhi wa sallam- say:
” إنَّمَا الْأَعْمَالُ بِالنِّيَّاتِ، وَإِنَّمَا لِكُلِّ امْرِئٍ مَا نَوَى”.
‘Indeed actions are but by intentions and every man shall have that which he intended.’
[Collected by Bukhari and Muslim]
Having a great regard for intentions was the transactions of the hearts of the Companions –Radhi Allaahu anhum– and those who about Allaah and the scholars who raise the people. Indeed they would perform one action and they would have many intentions for that action, so that they could gain great rewards for themselves with every intention.
Source : What is Your Intention When you Read the Qur’aan?
By Fawaz ibn Ali al-Madkhali, Translated by Abbas Abu Yahya