Islamic Date16 Rabi‘ at-akhir
English Date13 December
What's Your Legacy
Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Verily, what reaches the momin of his good works and good acts, after his death, is the knowledge (benefitted from)… and a righteous child which he has left (behind him), or a book which he has given to inherit, or a place of worship which he has built, or a house for the homeless which he has built, or a canal which he has caused to be dug, or an act of charity which he has done out of his wealth while in his health and life. (The good effects thereof) reach him (even) after his death.” [Bayhaqi, Ibn Majah]
Ask yourself what legacy you are leaving behind.
Have you made an effort to leave behind any sadaqa jaariya?
Did you do it for the sake of Allah's pleasure?
Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) only rewards our efforts when we do deeds for His pleasure alone. Did you do good deeds so people would recognize you, praise you or reward you? To the extent that your motive is other than Allah's pleasure, your reward in the akhirah is diminished. For why should Allah reward you for something you didn't do for Him in the first place? Try to do good deeds secretly in order to preserve the benefit of your good deeds for the akhirah, when you will really need it.