AHADITH concerning the rewards and the punishments for deeds Part 1


Akhlaq & Spirituality, Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 6-Etiquette and Manners, Reformation of the Heart, Deeds and their Retribution / Sunday, December 19th, 2010

Sincerity of Intention

1. A person asked: “O Rasûlullâh! What is îmân?” He replied: “To maintain a sincere intention.”
This means that whatever you do should be done solely for Allah.
2. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Actions are judged by intentions.”
This means that if a person has a good intention, he will be rewarded for doing a good act. If not, he will not be rewarded.

Doing something for show

3. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “If a person does something in order that he may be heard, Allah will announce (i.e. make others hear) his shortcoming on the day of judgement. And the person who does something for show, Allah will display his shortcoming on the day of judgement.”
4. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Even an iota of showing off is a form of shirk.”

Acting according to the Quran and Hadîth

5. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who revives my sunnah at a time when there is a religious degeneration in my ummah will receive the reward of 100 martyrs.”
6. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “I am leaving behind a thing which if you hold on to, you will never go astray. One is the book of Allah and the other is my sunnah.” That is, the Quran and Hadîth.

Initiating a good or evil act

7. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who initiates a good act will receive the reward for it and also the reward of all those who follow him in this good act. There will be no decrease in their reward. And the person who initiates an evil act will receive the sin for it and also the sin of all those who follow him in this evil act. There will be no decrease in their sin.”

For example, a woman gave up all customs in the marriage of her children or a widow got herself married. When other women saw this, they also decided to follow suit. This woman or this widow who initiated this practice will continue receiving the rewards for this.

Searching for Dînî knowledge

8. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “When Allah desires good for a person, He grants him understanding of the Dîn.”

That is, this person is induced with the desire to learn the different masâ’il of Dîn.

Concealing a Dînî mas’ala

9. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who is asked a Dînî mas’ala and he conceals it (despite knowing the answer) will be made to wear a bridle of fire.”
If anyone asks you a mas’ala and you know the answer, then do not display any laziness in giving the answer. Nor should you refuse him. Instead, explain the mas’ala to the person in a proper manner.

Having knowledge of a mas’ala but acting contrary to it

10. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The more knowledge a person has, the greater the burden he has to bear except for the one who acts according to his knowledge.”
Don’t ever act contrary to a mas’ala that you know merely to satisfy your family or on account of following your desires.

Carelessness when urinating

11. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Be extremely cautious when urinating as this (being careless) is a major cause of punishment in the grave.”
Making sure that water reaches the relevant places when making wudû or ghusl
12. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “When wudû is made thoroughly at times when it is extremely difficult on the nafs to do so, one’s sins are washed away.”

This difficulty is either experienced on account of laziness or in winter.

Using the miswâk

13. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Two raka‘ât of salât which are offered after using miswâk are better than 70 raka‘ât of salât without miswâk.”

Carelessness when making wudû

14. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam noticed that the heels of a few persons where dry despite their having completed their wudû. Upon seeing this, he said: “There is great punishment for these heels on the day of judgement.”
When making wudu, ensure that water reaches beneath the rings, bangles, etc. In winter, the feet generally become dry. Ensure that you pour sufficient water on them so that they are completely wet. Some women merely wash the front of their faces without washing up to their ears. Be mindful of all these factors.

Women emerging from their homes for salât

15. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The best salât of women is that which they offer within the confines of their homes.”

We learn from this that it is not good for women to go to the musjid in order to offer their salât. We know that there is nothing more virtuous than salât. If it is not good for them to emerge from their homes for salât, how detestable it will be for them to emerge from their homes for useless social visits or to attend customary functions!

Steadfastness in salât

16. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The five daily salawât are similar to a deep, flowing stream in front of a person’s house wherein he takes a bath five times a day.”

The meaning of this is that just as no speck of dirt will remain on such a person’s body (after having bathed five times in the day), in the same way the sins of a person who offers his five times salât with steadfastness will also be washed away.

17. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The first thing to be accounted for on the day of judgement will be salât.”

Offering salât at the beginning of its time

18. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Allah is extremely pleased when salât is offered at the beginning of its time.”

Women! You do not have to go and offer salât with congregation, so why do you delay in offering your salât?

Offering salât in a haphazard manner

19. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “The person who does not offer his salât at its appointed time, does not make his wudû properly, does not read with concentration, and does not make his rukû‘ and sajdahs in the appropriate manner causes his salât to become devoid of any light. Salât addresses him saying: “May Allah destroy you as you destroyed me. When his salât goes up to where Allah wishes it, it is folded just as an old rag is folded and flung onto his face.”

Women! Salât is offered so that you may be rewarded. Why, then, do you read it in such a manner that instead of being rewarded, you are committing a sin?

Looking around when offering salât

20. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Do not look up when offering your salât. It is possible that your eye-sight will be snatched away from you.”

21. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “Allah overturns the salât of the person who looks around when offering his salât.” That is, he does not receive the full reward.

Walking in front of a person offering salât

22. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “If the person who walks in front of someone who is offering salât only knew the seriousness of this sin, he would prefer standing and waiting for the person to complete his salât even if it meant waiting 40 years for him to complete it.”

However, if there is anything that is placed at a distance of one arm’s length or more in front of the person offering salât, it will be permissible to walk in front of him (provided he walks beyond the object that is placed and not within it).

Missing a salât intentionally

23. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “When a person misses a salât and thereafter goes in the presence of Allah, Allah will be extremely angry with him.”

Giving loans

24. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “On the night of me’râj I saw an inscription on the door of jannah which stated that the person who gives in charity will receive 10 rewards and that the person who gives loans will receive 18 rewards.”

Granting respite to a poor debtor

25. Rasûlullâh sallallâhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “As long as the day when a debt has to be fulfilled does not arrive, if a person grants respite to a poor debtor, then for each day he (the creditor) will receive the reward of charity equal to that of the debt. Once the due date expires and the person grants a respite, then for each day he will receive the reward of charity that is double the amount of the debt.”

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