Good Deeds in Islam
Good Deeds in Islam
Your deeds are so highly valued in Islam because we are told that it is only with these deeds, both the good and the bad, that we will arrive to Allah(SWT).
“This is Our book, that speaks against you with justice; surely We wrote what you did.” (45:29)
“Read your book: your own self is sufficient as a reckoner against you this day.” (17:14)
Our lives will be laid out for us in the most important story that we will ever read, and when we fill our lives with acts of righteousness, we ensure that the story we hear read back to us on that Day is one that will bring us joy.
So, how do we start writing a story that we’ll love? It’s by doing those acts which God has told us, through the life of the Prophet Muhammad(SAW), that He Loves.
Performing acts of Charity
The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “Every Muslim has to give in charity.” The people asked, “O Allah’s Prophet! If someone has nothing to give, what will they do?”
He said, “They should work with their hands and benefit themselves and also give in charity (from what they earn).” The people further asked, “If they cannot find even that?”
He replied, “They should help the needy who appeal for help.” Then the people asked, “If they cannot do that?”
He replied, “Then they should perform good deeds and keep away from evil deeds and this will be regarded as charitable deeds.” (Bukhari)
The religion is made easy for us, so that whether we are students paying off debt, working, starting a family, or trying to save for the future with a modest income, there is always a way for us to give.
Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah(PBUH) said, “Take up good deeds only as much as you are able, for the best deeds are those done regularly even if they are few.” Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 4240
While performing righteous acts is important even if you can only do it once a year, to Allah, the beauty of your story will be seeing the same acts over and over and over again. Your story should be full of acts that you committed too and made a part of your life. Allah, unlike us in every way, will not tire in rewarding you.
Rush to Goodness
Many of us like to wait for the right time, when it’s easier, when we’re free, when we’re wealthier, etc etc until we have exhausted every excuse. Yet, with every pleasure in our lives, we seek to rush it for fear of missing out.
Rush to your good deeds, because whenever there was something that leads to good, our beloved Prophet (SAW) would perform it as soon as possible. In a Hadith, the Prophet SAW stated that: “I remembered that I had a little gold with me and I wanted to rush to do a good deed and not delay it, so I ordered that it immediately be distributed.”(Bukhari)
If a good deed is presented before you, rush to it like you would rush to help your most intimate friend, like you would rush to something you love.
Do Good, if it’s the last thing you do
It’s easy to second guess the value of our actions, especially in a world that overwhelms us with bad news. It is especially in these circumstances that we must continue to do good, no matter how small it feels, knowing that the reward for it is huge in the eyes of Allah (SWT).
In a hadith, Anas ibn Malik reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “If the Day of Judgement were established upon one of you while he has in his hand a sapling(seed), then let him plant it.”
So begin planting your good deeds in this life, and wait for the beautiful story that is waiting for you in the next.
“And those who believe and do righteous good deeds, they are dwellers of paradise, they will dwell therein forever.”(2:82)