Dhikr i.e. mental or verbal remembrance of Allah is so consoling, pleasant and easy form of worship that one can perform it continuously at all times and with great benefit, Allah has enjoined His Dhikr in the Quran.
Obviously dhikr does not benefit Allah, Who has no need of in the benefit is for Allah’s bondsmen since dhikr strengthens the bond between Allah and His bondsmen, is food for the soul which invigorates it. And with an invigorated soul it becomes easy to overcome one’s base instincts and to vanquish the Devil. Thus one is able more easily to avoid sins and the good deeds increase. Read more... (515 words, estimated 2:04 mins reading time)
Seeking Divine pardon is an antidote for the poisoning of human soul by sinning. Every sin against Allah, however heinous it may be, is forgiven if one seeks Divine pardon for it. Whenever a sin great or small is committed, it should be atoned for by seeking pardon, and even when no sin has been apparently committed, one should seek Divine forgiveness. Every Muslim knows that the eternally blessed Prophet Muhammad was free of all sin, but even then he has said that “I beg for Allah’s forgiveness seventy times or more every day. (Bukhari) Read more... (361 words, estimated 1:27 mins reading time)
Although one should pray to Allah at all times for all one’s needs, our eternally blessed Prophet has taught us some specific prayers for special occasions at different times of night and day, e.g. upon waking up, when going to the toilet and coming out of it, when performing ablution, upon entering and coming out of the mosque, upon entering the house, before meals and after meals hearing the adhan, when dressing, when looking in mirror, before falling asleep in bed. Read more... (305 words, estimated 1:13 mins reading time)
Allah likes his bondsmen to pray to Him. If a man, however beneficent he may be, is again and again asked for anything, he sooner or later loses his patience and becomes angry. But Allah, on the contrary, is, pleased the more his bondsmen ask him.
Hadith tells as that Allah is displeased with one who does not ask him for anything in prayer. Read more... (466 words, estimated 1:52 mins reading time)
Intention is an alchemic prescription that can turn base dirt into noble gold. The hadith says “All actions depends upon intentions.” It is sometimes interpreted to mean that good intentions justify bad deeds too and turn sins meritorious. This is entirely wrong. Sin is always a sin no matter how noble the intention may be. For instance if someone breaks into a house to steal with the intention of giving away as alms whatever he would steal would be a thief deserving the prescribed punishment. His good intentions would not earn him any merit nor would his sin be pardoned. Read more... (935 words, estimated 3:44 mins reading time)
Only those deeds have been discussed here that do not involve any significant labour or difficulty but earn much merit and reward. The purpose is to awaken in the hearts of the readers the urge to follow and observe them and increase their store of goodness for the Afterlife. However, it is necessary to remember the following points when reading this book: Read more... (622 words, estimated 2:29 mins reading time)
Allah has created this world so that creatures living here may, through good actions, provide for the Hereafter and do deeds that may earn for them Divine pleasure.
However, we become so engrossed in the affairs of worldly life that we become oblivious of the true purpose of this life. So every living moment from morn till eve is spent in making earthly life better and more and more pleasant. In this struggle there are few of Allah’s bondsmen who think of bettering their lot in the Hereafter, although it is an established fact, which even the most hardened atheist cannot deny, that everyone has to leave this world one day and none knows exactly when the summons would come. Read more... (843 words, estimated 3:22 mins reading time)