Importance of Good Deeds
Having good character and performing good deeds is very important in religion Islam that every Muslim must perform for pleasing Almighty Allah. Allah says in Holy Quran about righteous deeds: “Whoever works righteousness whether male or female while he (or she) is a true believer (of Islamic Monotheism) verily, to him We will give a good life (in this world with respect, contentment, and lawful provision), and We shall pay them certainly a reward in proportion to the best of what they used to do (i.e. Paradise in the Hereafter)” (Quran, 16:97)
From above verse, we can say that when we perform good deeds for the sake of Almighty Allah then we will get Paradise as a reward. Therefore, the committing of good deeds actually stands for a person making his or her life better and it also helps Muslims to become closer to Allah. Islam is the religion of society it expects from its followers to develop a society where every individual work towards helping and taking care of each other and where everyone should do good deeds for the sake of Allah Almighty. Islam has given the instructions those have the objective that people could change their lives for better and continue living it in a better manner.
Doing a deed and doing the deed with good intention are separate things. The intention that doing this deed will reward a Muslim with virtues and help to attain the mercy of Allah in this world and afterward then this surely is a base that Allah will accept the deed and will reward accordingly. Holy Prophet (SAW) said about the intention of good deeds in a way: “The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.” (Sahih Bukhari)
So, a person who wants to get reward and blessings from Almighty Allah should perform good deeds with good intention.
Kinds of Good Deeds and Rewards
In this article, we will discuss the kinds of good deeds that every person can do every day. The kinds of good deeds are the following:
- Praying in Congregation in the Mosque: About praying in Mosque five times a day our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Whoever goes to the mosque in the morning and evening, Allah will prepare for him an honorable place in the Paradise every time he goes and comes”(Bukhari). Offering prayer in Mosque has the great reward that is Paradise in Hereafter that every Muslim wish for. Instead of this great reward, we have some other benefits for this life too and those are we get the chance of socializing with other Muslims and in this way we came to know about them. By meeting with other Muslims five times a day in Mosque we get closer to others and can make the society stronger.
- Ask for Forgiveness Every day: In our daily life routine, we commit sins willingly or unwillingly which leads to Allah’s displeasure at times. At the end of the day, the best practice is to ask for Allah’s forgiveness and to ask for protection from Satan. In Holy Quran Allah says: “And Allah does not guide the wrongdoing people.” (Quran 3:86). This verse concludes that, if a person commits mistake and stick to it, Allah neither will forgive him nor will accept his good deeds. For acceptance of good deeds, we should ask for forgiveness every day and every time. There is Hadith related to forgiveness which stated that: “Turn you people in repentance in Allah and beg pardon of Him. I turn to Him in repentance a hundred times a day.”(Muslim). So, we can say that whenever glorify Allah and offer prayers five times a day, do integrate forgiveness in your daily remembrance.
- Attend Funeral and Offering Funeral Prayer: Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said about attending funeral prayer: “Whoever attends a funeral until he offers the (funeral) prayer will have one qiraat (of reward) and whoever attends until the burial is done will have two qiraats.” It was asked: “What are the two qiraats?” He said: “Like two great mountains”(Bukhari). When a Muslim offers funeral prayer he receives reward equivalent to one great mountain, but if he stays with the funeral till the burial takes place then he earns double the reward. In addition, to reward, the offering of funeral and staying at the funeral serves as a kind of respect to the one deceased.
- Upholding the ties of Kinship: Holy Prophet (SAW) said that: “Whoever would like his provision to be increased and his lifespan extended, let him uphold his ties of kinship”(Bukhari). From above hadith, we can conclude that by upholding the ties of kinship not just only increase your provision but it also spreads love across the family.
- Avoid Procrastination: Avoid delaying any good deed, that means if any good act and thought come to your mind then do it at once. Don’t delay it because whenever there is anything that leads to good our beloved Prophet (SAW) would perform it at his first comfort. In a Hadith, it 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)
- Quran Recitation: Whoever recites Quran daily will surely earn great reward from Almighty Allah. Prophet (SAW) stated in Hadith that: “Whoever reads a letter of the Book of Allah will be credited with a good deed, and a good deed gets tenfold reward. I do not say that Alif-laam-meem is a letter, rather alif is a letter, laam is a letter and meem is a letter” (Tirmidhi). From hadith, we come to know that every single word of recitation of Holy Quran brings ten rewards. So by reciting Quran daily helps us to understand the words of Allah with great rewards on daily basis.
- Replying to Adhaan: Adhaan is the call to prayer. Muslim must reply to call by repeating after the caller and earn whatever you wish against this action. Prophet (SAW) said: “Say as they say (in Adhaan), and when you finish, ask and you will be given.”(Abu Dawud)
- Be Thankful to Allah: The purpose of human creation is to worship Allah and be thankful to Him for what He has commenced upon us. Thanking Allah is a simple way towards worshipping the Exalted Lord as whatever we are today and we do is because of His favors. In Holy Quran Allah says: “O you, who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship.” (Quran, 2:172)
Above mentioned are some of the good deeds that every Muslims can perform in his daily life routine and can earn the great reward. Try to do urgency in performing good deeds because life is all about spreading happiness, do good, and have good. May Allah Almighty guide us to seek forgiveness and make our heart firm in His (SWT) obedience, Ameen!