Performing Good Deeds at All Times

One of the righteous would stay up at night and say, yaa Allah, my concern for You has annihilated all other mundane concerns.

Some have said, he who does good during the day gets rewarded during the night and he who does good during the night gets rewarded during the day.

It is also said that the noblest of all deeds is to oppose one’s desires at all times.

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How Can One Race Towards Good Deeds?

Ibn al-Mundhir narrated – as reported in al-Durr al-Manthoor (2/314) –  from Anas ibn Maalik (ra) about the meaning of the Verse (interpretation of the meaning):

“Race with one another in hastening towards forgiveness from your Lord”

[al-Hadeed 57:21]

That it refers to the first takbeer. This was narrated by some of the Mufassireen from Mak-hool and Sa’eed ibn Jubayr among the Taabi’een.

The Reward of Leaving Even a Little Good

Ibn Abdul Barr mentions that one of the scholars saw another, who passed away, in his dream and asked him, what did Allah do with you? He replied, he forgave me for a Hadith that I narrated that spread between the people!

This is the reward for leaving just some good!

Don’t Belittle Even the Smallest Deed

They said: “If a man comes (into the masjid) and the Imam is in Sajdah, then he should (join) him in the Sajdah even though that rak’ah doesn’t count (for him).”

Some said: “Perhaps he doesn’t raise his head up from the Sajdah except that he is forgiven (due to that sajdah).!”

[Ibn Qudamah (rh)]

*Note:* Joining the Imam in his Sajdah is recommended.

Don’t Ruin Your Good Deeds by Backbiting

If a person talks about someone behind their back, even though he didn’t mention their name but it’s known that he is talking about that person, this is backbiting!

It has been said, the one who backbites will have his good deeds cancelled!

Others have said that the one who backbites and repents will be the last to enter Jannah and the one who didn’t repent will be from the first to enter the fire.

Our Condition in the Aakhirah

يوم نحشر المتقين الى الرحمن وفدا

Some of the ulama mention that on the Last Day, when people are resurrected , a person will greet the pious man with a beautiful face and smell. The pious man will ask, who are you? The beautiful man will reply, I am your good deeds; I rode on you in the dunya and now you will ride on me in the Aakhirah. The pious man will climb on the back of this beautiful man, who is his good deeds, and he will take him all the way to Jannah.

The scholars have said that people will either be walking on their faces, normally on their feet or those that never touch the ground! They are on mounts and carried from one stage of the aakhirah to the next!

So, وفدا here means on mounts.

Ali (ra) said that they will be on mounts unseen and mounts covered in gold until they knock on the gates of Jannah.

May Allah make us from those that are on mounts in the Aakhirah!!

Doing Good Deeds

Ibn Hajr (rh) mentions that it’s better to do good deeds in secret. However, if a person wants to encourage someone to do an action, then there’s no harm in showing them, as long as there’s no Riya.