As a conclusion today we will look at some of the rewards for doing Good Deeds.
Let us scroll through the Glorious Quraan and Ahadith of Rasulullah ﷺ to see what Allah has promised for those who fulfil the two responsibilities of Imaan and Good Deeds.
This morning on the Sehri program, my colleagues explained five benefits of doing Good Deeds, we will now endeavour to take a look at five more in sha Allah.
6. Shade of the throne and mercy of Allah
قال رسول الله ، صلى الله عليه وسلم:”سبعة يظلهم الله في ظله يوم لا ظل إلا ظله: إمام عادل، وشاب نشأ في عبادة الله ،
Seven types of people shall be under the shade of Allah when there will be no shade except His Shade: A just ruler, a young man who spends his youth in the worship of Allah (i.e. good deeds) … [Bukhari and Muslim]
7. Easy reckoning
فَأَمَّا مَنْ أُوتِىَ كِتَـٰبَهُۥ بِيَمِينِهِۦ
فَسَوْفَ يُحَاسَبُ حِسَابًا يَسِيرًا
So, as for him whose book (of deeds) will be given to him in his right hand (as a result of his Imaan and good deeds), he will be called to account in an easy manner, [Quraan 84: 7-8]
8. Forgiveness and good reward
وَعَدَ ٱللَّهُ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ ۙ لَهُم مَّغْفِرَةٌ وَأَجْرٌ عَظِيمٌ
Allah has promised those who believe and do good deeds: For them there is forgiveness and a great reward. [Quraan 5: 9]
وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ لَنُكَفِّرَنَّ عَنْهُمْ سَيِّـَٔاتِهِمْ وَلَنَجْزِيَنَّهُمْ أَحْسَنَ ٱلَّذِى كَانُوا۟ يَعْمَلُونَ
Those who believe and do righteous deeds, We will expiate their bad deeds and will give them a better reward (than their expectation) for what they used to do. Quraan 29: 7]
9. Entry into Jannah and great rewards and bounties
وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ أُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ أَصْحَـٰبُ ٱلْجَنَّةِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَـٰلِدُونَ
As for those who believe, and do good deeds, they are the people of Paradise – there they will live forever. Quraan 2: 82]
وَأُدْخِلَ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ جَنَّـٰتٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلْأَنْهَـٰرُ خَـٰلِدِينَ فِيهَا بِإِذْنِ رَبِّهِمْ ۖ تَحِيَّتُهُمْ فِيهَا سَلَـٰمٌ
And those who believed and did good deeds shall be admitted to Gardens beneath which rivers flow, living there forever by the will of Allah. There they shall greet each other with ‘Salaam’. [Quraan 14: 23]
10. High Rank
وَمَن يَأْتِهِۦ مُؤْمِنًا قَدْ عَمِلَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ فَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ لَهُمُ ٱلدَّرَجَـٰتُ ٱلْعُلَىٰ
And whoever will come to Him as believer, having done righteous deeds, for such people there are the highest ranks. [Quraan 20: 75]
EASY GOOD DEED – Kindness and Tenderness
Tenderness towards others is very pleasing to Allah and is very meritorious.
Ayesha RA relates that our holy Prophet ﷺ has said:-
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ، زَوْجِ النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ يَا عَائِشَةُ إِنَّ اللَّهَ رَفِيقٌ يُحِبُّ الرِّفْقَ وَيُعْطِي عَلَى الرِّفْقِ مَا لاَ يُعْطِي عَلَى الْعُنْفِ وَمَا لاَ يُعْطِي عَلَى مَا سِوَاهُ
A’isha RA, the wife of Allah’s Apostle ﷺ, reported that Allah’s Messenger ﷺ said:
A’isha, verily Allah is kind and He loves kindness and confers upon kindness which he does not confer upon severity and does not confer upon anything else besides it (kindness). [Muslim]
In another hadith related by Ayesha RA our Prophet ﷺ said:
عَنْ عَائِشَةَ عَنْ النَّبِيِّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ قَالَ إِنَّ الرِّفْقَ لَا يَكُونُ فِي شَيْءٍ إِلَّا زَانَهُ وَلَا يُنْزَعُ مِنْ شَيْءٍ إِلَّا شَانَهُ
Aisha RA reported: The Prophet ﷺ said, “Verily, gentleness is not found in anything but that it beautifies it, and it is not removed from anything but that it disgraces it.” [Muslim]
Tenderness means that one must avoid using harsh words or harsh attitude in anger, and behave and speak with tenderness. If someone has to be checked or if a difference in opinion is to be expressed, one should not be rough or harsh, but speak softly and kindly. If a younger person has to be trained and strictness cannot be avoided, it too should be adopted in moderation or to the extent needed.
Kind behaviour also implies that one must not argue or quarrel with others on every issue and one must think well of them as far as possible. Even haggling over prices should not be harsh or acrimonious.
One should be ready to accept another’s viewpoint if it is acceptable, and when it is not so, one should withdraw from argument. It is not good to compel others to agree with one’s own viewpoint and to force them into submission.
Jabir RA has related that our Prophet ﷺ said:
عن جابر رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: رحم الله رجلا سمحًا إذا باع وإذا اشترى وإذا اقتضى
“May Allah show mercy to a man who adopts a kind attitude when he sells, buys and demands for the repayment of loans.” [Bukhari]
The kind attitude can and should be extended to every aspect of our life.