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Rewards of Good Deeds

Allah has made our life in this world very easy for us.

The object of our life is to please Allah, but to do this, Allah has made it very easy. Allah only asks us for two things:

1. Believe in Allah alone

2. Do Good Deeds

If we will fulfil these two commands, then Allah is willing to grant us the greatest reward, a reward far superior than our little actions.

وَمَن يَعْمَلْ مِنَ ٱلصَّـٰلِحَـٰتِ مِن ذَكَرٍ أَوْ أُنثَىٰ وَهُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ فَأُو۟لَـٰٓئِكَ يَدْخُلُونَ ٱلْجَنَّةَ وَلَا يُظْلَمُونَ نَقِيرًا

But those who do good — whether male or female — and have faith will enter Paradise and will never be wronged ˹even as much as˺ the speck on a date stone. [An Nisaa 4: 124]

It means a man or woman who does good deeds, subject to the condition that such deeds issue forth from true faith, shall certainly go to Paradise fully rewarded for all his or her deeds without being wronged in the least.

The hint given here is that the People of the Book or other non-Muslims may also have some good deeds of their own, but, since their faith is not sound, therefore, those deeds of theirs are not acceptable.

As for Muslims, since their faith is sound and their deeds too are good, therefore, they are the successful ones, and superior to others.

Avoiding Useless Talk and Activities

Everything which is of no use in this world or in the next is useless and its avoidance has been enjoined in the Holy Qur’an as well as the Noble Hadith:

وَٱلَّذِينَ هُمْ عَنِ ٱللَّغْوِ مُعْرِضُونَ

those who avoid idle talk; [Al Muminoon 23: 3]

In this Surah, Allah makes mention of the real qualities of a true Believer, and the second attribute of a good Muslim is that he abstains from frivolous and vain things. (Laghw, translated in the text as ‘vain things’) means useless talk and action which do not bring any religious reward and in its extreme form it may include sinful acts that are positively harmful and must, therefore, be avoided. And in its mild form laghw is neither useful nor harmful but it is very desirable to give up this habit.

Abu Hurairah RA has related that our Holy Prophet ﷺ has said:

‏ ‏ “‏ من حسن إسلام المرء تركه ما لا يعنيه‏”‏

“It is from the excellence of (a believer’s) Islam that he should shun that which is of no concern to him”. [At-Tirmidhi]

The Ulama and scholars have explained that any act that is devoid of one of three benefits should be avoided:

1. Financial Benefit

2. Spiritual Benefit

3. Physical Benefit

Hence, any act that doesn’t give a person one of these three benefits should be left out and discarded, it is the duty of every Muslim to avoid useless works and activities.

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