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16 June 2019 CE | 13 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Useless Deeds

Aisha (radi Allahu anha) asked: “O Messenger of Allah! During the Jaahiliya, Ibn Jad’aan used to uphold the ties of kinship and feed the poor; will that benefit him at all?” The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: “It will not be of any benefit to him, because he never said a single day, ‘O Lord, forgive me my sins on the Day of Judgement.’” [Muslim]

“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” [Quran: Surah Aal-e-Imraan, Ayat 85]

For deeds to be considered “good” by Allah, they must have been done not only as per His instructions, but also only for Him, seeking His pleasure and fearing His punishment. Otherwise, the world may consider those deeds “good” but they will carry no weight with Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala).

If you do good deeds for the world, the world repays you by praising you and remembering you by good names such as noble, generous, kind, courageous.

If you do good deeds for yourself, your ego repays you by making you feel good about yourself.

If you do good deeds for Allah’s Pleasure, He repays you by granting you forgiveness for your sins and an abode in Jannah.

Suppose you employed someone, but your employee spent all his time working for some stranger instead of you. Would you feel like paying his salary at the end of the month? Then how do we expect Allah to recompense us if it is the world, or our ego, or other people, we do things for?

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