Humans have blessed with the divine favors of body and soul by the supreme Lord possessing four elements with distinct powers. These distinct powers are exuberant to foster new portals of imaginations leading to soul purification. Apart from these powers, the moral attributes reshape the inner beauty of soul pertaining to high distinction in sight of Allah Almighty otherwise the human body succumb to tyranny and gluttony that is the end to the moral and spiritual life of a body.
As water sun is for plants, good deeds are to soul. The soul nourishes with every good deed that is why the Holy Scripture of Quran and Prophet Sunnah are the essence persuading humans towards good deeds.
“Indeed, this Qur’an guides to that which is most suitable and gives good tidings to the believers who do righteous deeds that they will have a great reward.” [Quran 17:9]
The benefit of doing good deeds lies in the reward that a person will get it from the glorified Lord of the universe and who knows which of their deed becomes a source of their redemption at the Day of Reckoning. Islamic virtues are intertwined with the performance of good deeds regardless of nature to attain the level of piety and bounties. Some of the daily Islamic virtues that a Muslim should perform for moral, spiritual, and social perspective are:
1. Paying alms:
Allah has awarded almost everything to His worshippers yet has kept some deprivations for a man because nothing is perfect except the Lord Himself. These deprivations are of different type and for different people, some being tested through lack of food, some through lack of happiness, and some being tested upon lack of money and daily requirements. Quran narrates:
“And We will surely test you with something of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth and lives and fruits, but give good tidings to the patient.” [Quran 2:155]
Allah and Quran has emphasized in giving alms to those who deserves in order to fulfill their daily needs. Zakat is the deed that has highly recommended and emphasized in the Sacramental Scriptures. This deed cleanses one’s money and intention and brings him closer to His Mighty Lord.
2. Be Just Be fair:
“And establish prayer and give Zakat, and whatever good you put forward for yourselves – you will find it with Allah. Indeed, Allah of what you do, is Seeing.” [Quran 2:110]
The five fundamental pillars of Islam are the core block of Islamic doctrines that are weak until they lack justice and equality. Allah is the omnipotent Judge and His realm is the absolute example of it. The Dooms day even is the example that Allah will reward people with what they have been committed throughout their lives. Justice is an utmost social factor too which leads to equality of rights and unity. Allah despises that arrogant leader who have bestowed with throne yet lacks justice and shows Love for those who are just and patient in dealings.
3. Treat with kindness:
“O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm for Allah , witnesses in justice, and do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.” [Quran 5:8]
Prior Islam the Arabs were in the amalgamation of fear and miseries, fear of neighbors, fear of people belonging to other religions but with the advent of Islam, the cruel practices had perished and replaced by love and peace. Kindness has attained the highest level in deeds and the kindles hearts have no place in paradise as well.
“You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another.” [Muslim]
Kindness can be in subset of any form that is kindness to kids, wives, family, neighbors, and all fellow beings. Kindness is Muslim’s expression of faith and has high rewards for the one who deal people in the best of his manner in kind pursuit. Removing obstacle is kindness, generosity, willful guidance, and giving someone best advice to alleviate one’s miseries is kindness, the level of which has even kept higher than fasting and Salah as narrated:
“Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.” [Muslims & Bukhari]
4. Patience and Tolerance
Allah loves those who are patient in their nature and avoid haste. Allah has asked the faith bearers to tolerate the ordeals and calamities that will be rewarded in the end by Allah Almighty. Allah tests His close worshippers to test them against variables to see who is of concrete faith. The persons with weak faith dwindle and cursed High Most for their misers and tribulation that is total shirk.
“And seek help through patience and prayer, and indeed, it is difficult except for the humbly submissive [to Allah].” [Quran 2:45]
By saying Allah is with the one who is patient and tolerant meaning that this feature embodied the strength in persons molding them to encounter the challenges with enlighten heart.
“And whoever remains patient, Allah will make him patient. Nobody can be given a blessing better and greater than patience.” [Al-Bukhari]
5. Repentance for forgiveness
Human succumb quite easily to the trials and miseries eventually befell in the grave of sins. Still Allah does not disown His follower and ask him to repent in order to beseech His mercy. Repentance is a good habit that shields a person from gross sins that is Why Allah has warned His worshippers from the whispers of Satan, which is the proximal enemy of Human being.
“And [saying], “Seek forgiveness of your Lord and repent to Him, [and] He will let you enjoy a good provision for a specified term and give every doer of favor his favor. But if you turn away, then indeed, I fear for you the punishment of a great Day.” [Quran 11:3]
To err is human and human has born weak that is why the door to repentance, penitence, and forgiveness are all open for humans.
Aforementioned are some of the virtues that Islam propagates for the betterment of a human because eventually the fair, just, and righteous person will become a vital human to society as well. Verily deeds will be judged on the intentions and will be rewarded accordingly.
“The reward of deeds depends upon the intentions and every person will get the reward according to what he has intended.” [Bukhari]