In the Book of Assistance class we were taught that making our intention was important in excelling ourself towards good obedient acts. Shaykh AbdulKareem mentioned this beneficial text and the intentions one could make upon wanting to drink coffee:
“Kitab an-niyat كتاب النيات (book of intentions)”
by Al Habib Muhammad bin A’lawi al-A’idarus (Sa’d)
Intention of drinking coffee:
1. To follow the path of some of the pious predecessors (who drank tea and coffee)
2. To stimulate one’s body for the sake of worship
3. To bring joy to the host (when visiting someone who offers a cup of tea or coffee)
4. To comply with the Sunnah and etiquette (of drinking)
May Allah reward the author. Allahumma Ameen.
In regards to following the path of some of the pious predecessors, Shaykh AbdulKareem mentioned that Al-Habib Ahmed Mashur al-Haddad, Al-Habib Attas al-Habashi and Habib Umar (may Allah be pleased with them all. Allahumma Ameen) all were coffee drinkers. Subhan’Allah upon listening to this I realised that I now had a splendid reason to drink coffee and not feel so bad about it. Verily there’s answers in everything. Subhan’Allah.