When hiding your deeds, Allah will expose them to reveal the good side of a person.
The person who does good deeds for the people, his good deeds have no value and will have no effect.
To test yourself: look at how you are in public, in private, when people are asleep or when you are alone.
Some would fast for 40 years and their own wives wouldn’t even know about it. They would take the lunch she made and give it to the poor.
Keep the good deeds you are doing like Qiyaam, fasting, weekly charity, and do it in private after Ramadan.
Shaykh Khalid al Sabt mentions that those who don’t find the urge to strive to do good deeds in these nights then when will they strive?
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.
One of the people of the past slept at night. So, his slave girl woke him up and said, stand and pray for verily the night is passing and the day is coming and you are on a long journey, and your provisions are little and the caravans of the righteous have passed us by and we have been left behind!
Meaning the journey is the aakhirah, the provisions are good deeds and people have attained higher ranks than us!
So, prepare good deeds and stand at night, even if it’s a little!
One of the people of the past was dying on his death bed and he seemed extremely worried so they asked him, what is this? He said, I’m about to travel a path which I’ve never travelled before!
Another was asked the same thing and he replied, I’m fearful of death and my arrival to Allah!
Another was asked how are you feeling whilst on his death bed and he replied, by Allah, I’m closer to the life of the Hereafter than the life of this world! Whosoever of you can work hard by doing good deeds then do so before you reach where I am!
Some of the scholars of the past have said that sincerity has three signs:
1. That praise and blame of the common folk become equal in your eyes.
2. You become oblivious of your good deeds after doing them.
3. You forgot about your reward for your good deeds in the Hereafter!
يوم نحشر المتقين الى الرحمن وفدا
Some of the ulema mention that on the Last Day, when people are resurrected, a person will greet the pious man and he will have a beautiful face and smell. The pious man will ask, who are you? The man will reply, I am your good deeds. I rode on you in the dunya, now you will ride on me in the aakhirah. He will climb on the back of this man, who is his good deeds, and he will take him all the way to Jannah.
The scholars said people will either be walking on their faces, normally on their feet and 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, they will be on mounts unseen, 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!!