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WEEKDAY CHALLENGE: Deed of the Day Q41.46

A’isha (R.A.) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (SAW) …used to say: Do as many deeds as you are capable of doing, for Allah will not become weary (of giving you reward), but you would be tired (of doing good deeds) ; and he also said: The deed liked most by Allah is one to which the doer adheres constantly even if it is small.- Sahih Muslim 782

Do you notice how surprised some people seem when you perform an unexpected act of kindness to them? Ever detected the question in people’s eyes when you behave considerately like they are wondering what you’ll benefit from your gesture? Have you observed the amazed look on their visage when they notice you are a Muslim being kind to a non-Muslim like it’s a rarity? This is because kindness is rapidly becoming extinct.

Here are some ways we can revive the flagging spirit of humanity:

• Removing a stone or stick out of the way which may harm someone
• Allowing another driver right of way as we drive
• Smiling and saying salaam first; responding to the greeting
• Visit someone at home, in boarding school, at NYSC camp, the hospital, prison, orphanage, anywhere your visit will be appreciated. Don’t you dare go empty-handed!
• Send an inspirational text to the Muslims on your phone
• Call your family members
• Send someone a recharge card
• Share your lunch or buy someone one
• Call your subordinates by name and ask about their families
• Give a hand to someone carrying or lifting a load
• Help pick fallen books, keys or other items. And no! Not only because you have a crush on him/her!
• Tip the messenger who just served you
• Pay the bus fare/ticket for a stranger
• Hold the door for someone behind you
• Help a child, the blind or a senior citizen cross the road
• Give someone a lift to the gate, bus-stop, masjid…
• Hold the elevator for someone rushing to get it
• Allow someone join the queue in front of you
• Return misplaced items or declare them found
spread love kindness

This list is by no means, exhaustible.

These acts may be small but are significant both to the person we are kind to and especially on our scale of deeds. We may, by these little efforts, plant beautiful thoughts in people’s minds toward Islam and leave behind wonderful memories of their encounter with a Muslim. That single positive act (amongst others) may be what will tilt that individual to seek out the truth in Islam.

Like the hadith above mentioned, we should strive toperform these acts consistently, no matter how small they seem.

May Allah guide us all and may we not be led astray after being guided. May He not let us tire easily of doing good.

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HAND-IN-HAND Q3.104, Q20.132, Q66.6

‘Why are you praying alone? Why didn’t you wake me?’ his wife asked as she woke up with a start.
‘Are you not ‘off-salaat’?’ he asked.
‘Did you ask me? You are not serious o! You won’t enter Al-Jannah alone, we are going together in sha Allah!’ she retorted and hurried to perform ablution in the adjoining bathroom. ‘Wait for me!’ she yelled from the bathroom.
The husband simply smiled and shook his head.

Troublesome woman, you might say but do you blame her? He is possibly hurrying to salat so he can meet up with the houris (purified mates) promised him in Al-Jannah.*wink*

We will all enter Paradise, in sha Allah, based on our deeds, and the mercy of Allah. No one will bear another’s burdens but we should encourage each other to good deeds. It is not enough that you go for Arabic classes alone at the masjid, invite your brother/sister in Islam. If you benefit from a message, share it with others. It is not enough to merely get up at night for Tahajjud (voluntary late night prayers), wake your spouse too. It does not suffice that you have all the available Islamic literature adorning your shelves, lend them out to others who will benefit from them and above all, always involve your children in such deeds.

Abu Mas’ud ‘Uqbah bin ‘Amr Al-Ansari Al-Badri (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said, “Whoever guides someone to virtue will be rewarded equivalent to him who practices that good action”.[Muslim]- Riyadu-s-Saliheen Book 1, Hadith 173

hand-in-hand

Paradise is big enough to accommodate all of us. No one will enter alone. We should assist each other so we can all walk into Paradise hand-in-hand. After all, what is happiness if it cannot be spent with those you love?