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.
The methods prescribed by Islam to better the human lot in the Hereafter are not really difficult; in fact, if one adopts them, his earthly life too becomes pleasant and comfortable. But unfortunately, it is generally believed today that observance of Islamic teachings, is difficult and demands the sacrifice of many worldly advantages, pleasures and comforts. Consequently, most people, being scared of this assumed difficulty, veer away from the Divine path.
The fact is that, firstly, Islamic commandments and injunctions are not per se difficult to follow and whosoever of Allah’s bondsmen desires to follow them is aided by Allah and his lives in this world as well as in the Hereafter, are changed for the better and to his greater advantage.
Secondly, even if there is some difficulty or some laborious effort is called for in the observance of rouse command, it is insignificant if one keeps in mind the eternal bliss and comfort vouchsafed in the Hereafter for the observers. Even in this worldly, earning the daily bread does involve some hardship but it is accepted since it is rewarded. Similarly if we keep in mind that observance of Islamic commandments is going to earn for us unimaginable rewards in the Hereafter, we would hardly shirk the slight hardship involved.
Thirdly, while there are some Islamic commandments and injunctions the observance of which does entail some labour, there are other Divinely ordained acts which do not entail any hardship nor are they time consuming nor do they demand any expenditure. It is only a matter of attitude; if one develops the right attitude, he would go on chalking up good deeds in his roster of deeds, and if one goes on observing them, he would have a vast store of good deeds that would fetch rewards in the Afterlife.
In this world, we do not realize the true importance of storing up good deeds, but when our eyes shall close in eternal sleep and when we shall be summoned before Allah to answer for whatever we did in this world, then we would know how important even the most ordinary good deed shall become. Good deeds are the currency of the Afterlife; gold and silver and worldly coins shall avail nought, the only question to be asked would be “How many good deed have you brought to be reckoned ?” If then the pocket would be empty, one would rue and repent why the roster of deeds was not filled up with good acts. But then all repentance would be of no avail as the time for acts would be long past.
The exalted companions of our eternally blessed Holy Prophet knew the worth of good deeds; they were eager to do good. As soon as they learnt that some good deed earned Divine pleasure they did it and went on doing it. And if they learnt it late, they regretted the delay.
Abu Huraira recounted the Hadith to Abdullah ibn Omar that whosoever offers the salah of Janazah at the burial service of another would earn merit equivalent to one carat and whosoever goes with the bier and remains with it till burial earns two carats each carat being equal to the hill of Uhad.
Ibn Omar asked Ayesha (may Allah be pleased with her) to verify it, which she did, Ibne Omar exclaimed “Alas we have lost so many carats”. (Tirmidhi).
Every good deed which earns Divine pleasure is most valuable . As it is only in this world that one can do good deeds, especially those that entail no hardships and earn merits for them, it would be a misfortune of the highest order if one shuns them here only to repent in the Hereafter.
The present booklet is a compendium of good deeds done easily, without any significant labour and without any ‘expenditure. Whosoever shall pay heed to them shall go on doing good deeds and earn merits.
The Muslims are requested to read this booklet carefully and to do the good deeds mentioned herein as a routine. May be that these apparently insignificant deeds steer our lives on to the path of Divine pleasure and ensure our salvation.
May Allah give the author and all Muslims the opportunity to observe these injunctions and may He grant us merits and its bounties in the Hereafter.