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.
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.
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!!
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!