Ruling on making intention before Salah

Q: What is the ruling on making intention before offering Salah (Prayer)?

A: The intention to perform Salah is made upon uttering Takbirat-ul-Ihram (saying: "Allahu Akbar [Allah is the Greatest]" upon starting Prayer). The intention may be made shortly before Salah. Intention may not be expressed verbally as it should be expressed inwardly.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.