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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah, the Mighty and Majestic, has said, ‘When My slave wants to do an evil action, you should not write it down until he does it. If he does it, then write down the equivalent of it. If he does not do it for My sake, then write it down as a good action for him. If he wants to do a good action and does not do it, then write it down as a good action. If he does it, then write down ten to seven hundred of its like.’”

This hadith describes Allah’s orders to the recording angels on how to record our intentions and deeds. It shows us how greatly Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) values our good intentions as well as good deeds, how eager He is to reward us, and how reluctant He is to punish us. We find that even evil intentions carry reward when we refrain from acting on them out of consciousness of Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).

Sufyan (rahimuhulla) was asked: “How do the angels know that a person intends a good or evil action?” He replied, “When someone intends a good action, they smell the scent of musk coming from him, and when he intends an evil action, they smell a putrid smell coming from him.”

Ibn Hajar said in Al-Fath Al-Bari, “This hadith indicates that the angel is aware of what is in the heart of the human being, either by Allah acquainting him with it or by creating for him knowledge by which he perceives it.”

Al-Hasan al-Basri said about the ayat (‘When the two angels meet together, sitting one on the right, and one on the left, not a word he utters, but by him is an observer ready at hand.’ [Quran 50:17]): “O son of Adam! A scroll has been unfurled for you and two noble angels have been entrusted with you, one on your right and the other on your left. The one on your right records your good actions. The one on your left records your evil actions. So do what you wish, whether it is a little or a lot. Then, when you die, your scroll will be rolled up and placed by your neck with you in your grave until you emerge on the Day of Rising. Then Allah Almighty will say: ‘We have fastened the destiny of every man about his neck and on the Day of Rising We will extract a book for him which he will find spread open in front of him. Read your book! Today your own self is reckoner enough against you!’ [Quran 17:13-14]”

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